Thursday, December 6, 2007

Weekly Yoga Sessions Available Next Semester at Ripon

The College's Student Senate approved a yoga program at Ripon to begin Jan. 17 and continue each Thursday night through April 17. This is good news for the Red Hawk cycling program, as yoga offers beneficial core strengthening and muscle balance.

A yoga program can build a cyclist's strength and endurance and introduce flexibility to chronically tight muscles, according to an article in Yoga Journal by Baron Baptiste and Kathleen Finn Mendola.

"Bicycling, like other linear sports such as running, hiking, and swimming, calls out for the counterbalancing benefits of yoga. Not only do poses aid in elongating and strengthening overtaxed muscles, but applying the finer nuances of yoga alignment will help you establish a new relationship with your bike, one of comfort and ease."

I'll be encouraging all of my cyclists to participate.

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