Yoga expert Kate Burt explains why you need some stretching and toning in your regime

Here at road.cc, we like to look after the whole cyclist - mind, body and spirit, and that's why we bring you exclusive Yoga For Cyclists.

Yoga instructor Karen Burt won Tony round to the art of yogic poses when he realised her lap times seriously trumped his - and he's been sold on it ever since.

Yoga's great for relaxing, strengthening and easing muscles, particularly in classic problem areas like the quads, hamstrings and hips. Ideally it should be practiced regularly alongside your regular training.

Karen's a great teacher for even the entirely uninitiated, having studied under the world renowned Yogi Mukunder Stiles, from the Yoga Therapy Center in California.

Need more convincing? Here's an introduction from Karen:

>>Read more: Our full Yoga for Cyclists series.

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.