Yoga on the go

My exercise goal for August is decidedly less intense than Trisha’s century ride training.  I have to attend two Bikram yoga classes a week with my friend from work.  The 90 minute classes heated to 105 degrees are not exactly fun.  The best feeling comes when the class is over and I can sail away on my bicycle for the six mile ride home along the Lakefront Trail.  The transition from the oppressive heat of the yoga room to the cool lake breeze of the trail is beautiful and makes me enjoy riding my bike even more than usual.

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Plus, there’s always this view.

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My bike set up on yoga class days is basic.  Okay, a little bag lady-chic.

 

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I strap my mat to the back rack (and then sometimes forget it there for a couple of days, creating deep indentions in the mat).

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I stuff my work bag, change of clothes, towel, water bottle and lock in my front basket.  My basket is low down and anchored to front stays, which helps this load feel light and not interfere with my steering.

My cockpit area is looking a bit too cluttered.  Perhaps I should remove my scarf or flower or handlebar bag or camera mount…

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Once the (heavily discounted) introductory month is over at the Bikram studio, I will probably go back to Vinyasa, as a more enjoyable yoga for me.  But I expect to miss, at least a little bit, the relief of escape by bicycle that practicing Bikram provides me.  :-)

More on yoga from the archives:

Yoga and Cycling – our first post about the topic, over four years ago

Fashion Friday: Biking to Yoga – a description of my biking-to-yoga routine from last summer

Pedal, Stretch, Breathe – review of a booklet on bicycle-focused yoga moves

 

  • Thom Wilson

    105 degrees! Wow – can’t you open a window. Ha

    Looks like the ride along the lake shore has gone from breezy to downright windy with waves breaking over the trail – silly weather.

    Does the Bikram Studio advise prospective students to “Inquire Within”?
    Cheers

  • http://letsgorideabike.com LGRAB

    Um. I’m not sure I’d call that less intense! You know the one time I did Bikram with you it was a near-death experience. :)

  • Nayeema

    Nice bike! I think that will be very comfortable for riding.

    Nayeema Akter
    http://www.anamayaresort.com

  • http://www.getslimwithyoga.com/ GetSlimWithYoga

    Looks great, love the bike. You should be able to do yoga anywhere!
    I have found yoga is great for Yoga Weight Loss!