Learn how to incorporate your yoga practice while commuting by bike.
- Fresh Air, Outdoors, Nature
- Mindfulness, Breathe, Clarity
- Rolling, Stretching, Engaged
With Nicole Burgess
Flexible hours/times available.
League Certified Instructor for Cycling
Certified Hatha Yoga Instructor
Nicole Burgess pedals throughout San Diego County and daily in Ocean Beach. Nicole has an amazing time flying down the hills and climbing the coastline of San Diego California, practicing the yoga asanas upon a saddle, traveling, exploring with each moment and breath, and dancing in the wind. She encourages others to commute by bike for overall health and stamina, to protect our environments, and for inner peace.
If you know your yoga and are confident on a bike,
Then try them together to see what it’s all about.
Remember to engage your core, practice your breath, and fly!
Warrior III on the downhill with good music to lead the way.
Always be mindful of your Danda (flat back) and breathe through cat /cow.
Go for pigeon using the cross bar or handlebars as a prop – my mixte is the best!
Flat, straight paths are great for balance.
Riding with no hands gives you the power to explore a range of poses.
A strap around the back rack can always be fun as you pull yourself up a mountain.
Dance in the wind with some wonderful twists when the streets are all yours.
Continue to be mindful of your breath and enjoy your scenery.
While one practices Ahisma and protects Mahaprana,
A simple commute will be enjoyed and beautiful surroundings will be the gift.
Live, Explore, Dance in the Wind
And Have Fun!
Yoga for the city rider – take your practice onto your bicycle.
Written by: Nicole Burgess
Momentum Mag July 3, 2015
photos by: Troy Orem
Once you are comfortable on your bike, you can explore bike yoga on your daily ride. Fly, stretch, and breathe while riding to your next destination. Whether near or far, every pedal is worth a mindful breath. These introductory poses allow you to imagine the possibilities while clearing the mind, strengthening your body, and enjoying the natural environments. Ride, stretch, dance in the wind, have fun, and pedal on.
Stand tall in Tadasana on a slight downhill grade. Engage the core and continue the Ujjayi breath from the seated pose. Stretch the Achilles and contract the quadriceps. Remember to breathe while stretching your fingertips wide and high. Calf muscles can also be stretched by lifting and lowering the heels on the pedals. Pedal one half turn to stretch both sides equally.
This calming breathing technique is used to release feelings of frustration and irritation. Inhale a little deeper than your normal breath with your mouth closed. Exhale while constricting your throat muscles to make a vibrating “ahhhhh” sound. Continue constricting your throat during your next inhale. Repeat.
Sit upright, hips grounded, legs moving. Pedal at a steady, medium pace while taking your focus to your breath. As you inhale, you elongate – engaging the core as the crown of your head reaches for the stars. Hold your breath briefly and exhale. Continue to engage the core while exhaling all the air out. Inhale a nice Ujjayi breath slowly through your nose as you tilt your chin down and contract the back of your throat slightly. As you exhale through your nose, release your shoulders and continue to engage your core, as it is protector of the back. Continue to be mindful of your breath as you enjoy your ride.
Half Moon Pose
The beauty of yoga on a bike is that your hips are aligned – and the bike makes for a wonderful prop. Sit tall and stretch the entire side of the body into half moon. One hand is used to keep the bike in line, the core keeps the balance, and a light touch on the handlebars prevents sore wrists. As one arm reaches high for the sky, extend your spine, and gently bend out of the waist to the left and then to the right. This can be done in both seated and standing poses. An advanced pose is when both arms reach to the sky at the same time for full half moon pose. Learn how basic postures become the building blocks for advanced practice allowing for creative flow, stretching, and dancing in the wind.
Back Twist with Hip Opener