Yoga with Dan Price
You might be wondering what a bunch of Yoga postures are doing on a BMX Web site, (especially all of you younger riders). Well the answer is, because you will need them eventually! You can’t stop change and so that means everything you know will be different at some point. For this is the way of things. When you’re younger and slam you can right get up and go again, but the older you get the harder it is to get up again. This is where Yoga plays an important role; it helps to keep our bodies in good condition. Even if you only do it for half an hour a day you can make a huge physical difference, and also achieve a better connection between your mind, body, and spirit (or whatever you want to call it).
If you decide to try any of these postures (or exercises), you can’t attack them as if you where doing a 30 stair handrail! You have to be one with the posture and become absorbed into your whole being, every part of you, every muscle and ligament. You must be strong, yet relaxed, sturdy, yet flexible. Apply your BMX mind to Yoga and then your Yoga mind will apply to your riding. If you take the time to your Yoga correctly and on at least a semi-normal basis you notice a difference!
These postures presented before you are all basic, yet I feel they are very beneficial for riders. After all, just being able to stand up straight is hard for a lot of people! If after trying these examples you feel like exploring Yoga even further, then I recommend Light on Yoga by BKS Iyenger. Iyenger Yoga is the style I practice because it emphasizes good body posture. Some styles tend to be weak on proper alignment of the body parts. We want to make ourselves better, not worse! The book also gives details on what each posture does for you physically. I’m sure you’ll be surprised at the amount of benefits that you can gain from Yoga.
This is just a seed I’m planting, and if your soil is fertile, then there’s no reason why it can’t grow.
Benefits: Rejuvenates the body and refreshes the back and spine.
-Kneel, thighs on your calves, with your legs slightly apart.
-Bend from your hips forward and down while folding your upper body onto your knees. Your forehead should rest on the floor.
-Place your arms next to your legs with your palms up or you can extend your arms on the floor in front you with your palms down (as shown).
-Breathe deeply and relax.
-Raise your upper body and return to a seated position.
Benefits: Improves flexibility of the torso, strengthens the feet, ankles, and legs, and elongates the spine. (This pretty much stretches out your entire back and legs).
-Stand with your feet about three feet apart.
-Turn your left foot out 90 degrees and turn your right foot in about 30 degrees.
-Inhale and stretch your arms out forward from the shoulders and bend to the left.
-Rest your left arm on your shin and extend your other arm up, your eyes should be looking in that direction as well (as long as you can do it without straining).
-Hold this pose for several breaths.
-Release, rest, and then do the same pose in the other direction.
Benefits: Loosens your shoulders, arms, and spine. Stretches the back of your thighs and also improves posture and back problems.
-Stand straight with your feet parallel and hip-width apart. Close your hands together behind you with your fingers interlaced.
-Bend forward from your hips with your back straight and face forward.
-With hands still together, let your arms fall forward as far as possible without straining yourself.
-Hold the pose for a few breaths.
-While inhaling, slowly rise and let your arms fall back gently and release your hands.