I have written many times about the many benefits of my on again off again yoga practice but failed to mention the dark side (and why my practice as been on and off again over the last 14 years). I have stressed going to yoga studio with dedicated yoga teachers, not doing what I call “gym yoga” with 30 students and one teacher with limited experience but even well meaning dedicated teachers are human and make mistakes.
How can you benefit from this cautionary tale? Take your time to find good, supportive yoga instructors and if you don’t want harsh physical adjustments tell the instructor before the class (the best ones will usually ask first but many, like mine the other day don’t ask). I still love yoga and will continue to do it but I won’t think twice about telling an instructor to get his hands off me, even it disrupts the whole class. I know he meant well but he should of asked and regardless I should of told him to stop. My failure to yell stop is going to cost me a week or two of lost work and a week or two of not enjoying my life and losing what little fitness I regained this fall. Oh, and hundreds of dollars in chiropractor and massage therapy bills. Please learn from my mistake!
Two BetterRide mountain bike skills students got BR tattoos less than a week after their three day skills progression!
Jan and Eric, a married couple from Santa Cruz, CA got similar but different BetterRide tattoos late last week.
BetterRide founder Gene Hamilton said he was flattered and still in a state of disbelief. “We have had a lot of students blog about their experience in our camps, mention us in mountain bike magazines and write thank you notes, but this is over the top!” exclaimed Hamilton.
Mountain Biking and Back Pain: How to Prevent It and Cure It!
I have finally rid myself of the back pain that has bothered me most of my adult life, but has been really annoying in the last ten years (I honestly thought all mountain bikers had some back pain, it was the price we pay for having so much fun!). Before I share my cure with you, I want you to understand three important things.
Step one: myofascial release! I have known about myofascial release through foam rolling for years, but there are ways to get more and better release, or as my teacher called it myofascial unwinding.
How to do step three, Yin Yoga:
Now for the actual Yin Yoga exercises that eased the pain and kept it away.
Now! And the future of your back:
Currently, in addition to working 40-60 hours a week, I’m doing five yoga classes a week, two to three 45 minute workouts, my own yoga practice, riding and rolling around on those yellow torture devices (tennis balls) for at least 15 minutes a day. If I can do it, you can do it!
Wired Magazine has a series of articles on a road rider learning how to mountain bike. The series takes him through learning about different bikes, learning on his own and attending one of our mtb skills camps. The writer also calls BetterRide founder Gene Hamilton “… essentially the lovechild of Ted Nugent and Jeff Spicoli”! […]
Seriously, I made myself crash! I didn’t want to crash but if you watched the lead up to my crash I did everything possible to set myself up for disaster.
Your body and your brain both need to be warmed up and in bike mode (not loving father mode, stressed out business woman mode, mad about bad drivers mode or still thinking about what your boss said mode!) before you end down a trail!