Yoga for Cyclists part 9: Hips

Get those snake hips a' rolling and loosen up before you ride

by Sarah Barth   January 7, 2013  

Yoga 9

If you find it hard to sit up straight without slouching, the problem might be in your hips. Here's a great way to strengthen them.

We've talked about how tight hamstrings can affect the pelvis, pulling it out of alignment, but in the case of the hips, these are muscles that aren't generally used in the range of movements we make while cycling.

That means they're not getting used, and can get rather stiff, particularly if you're not cross-training. yoga expert Karen Burt shows us a quick exercise to check how flexible your hips are - you can see how open hers have become through yoga, as opposed to Tony's (he wasn't previously known as a yoga bunny).

These simple exercises (they can be done sitting down!) will make you much looser in the hips, and that can only be a good thing, keeping everything balanced as you develop the muscle groups used for cycling.

For the full range of's Yoga for Cylists videos click here.

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Errm this video doesn't seem to work. I could really do to see this one as well, as my hips are a little broken. Could you please make it work? Thanks

posted by YourMum [12 posts]
8th January 2013 - 13:18


It is working, its an extreme close up of the training mat.

yes please fix, its the one area I need help with

'It's the closest you can get to flying'
Robin Williams response when asked why he enjoyed riding so much

posted by Simmo72 [524 posts]
8th January 2013 - 13:56


Still doesn't work and this ageing body could do with some help in this area: let my add my voice to the small chorus saying that this yoga advice you're offering is so good that we'd like to be able to enjoy it, please.

PS summer here in the Antipodes!

Gerard the Kiwi

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posted by GerardR [93 posts]
11th January 2013 - 20:17



posted by YourMum [12 posts]
17th January 2013 - 23:12


Thinking please fix this one. Ta

posted by munchbunch [3 posts]
22nd January 2013 - 22:22