Yoga for cyclists: Eagle arm pose by Total Women's Cycling a Road Cycling video by Total Women's Cycling

The Eagle Arm pose releases tension in the upper back and shoulders offering a great stretch for the muscles. Great to relieve tension built up in the back and shoulders from hours sat in the saddle.

How to do the Eagle arm pose:

  • You can do this pose either standing up or sitting on the heels
  • Take the right elbow on top of the left elbow
  • Ensure the right elbow is snug into the crook of the left
  • Wrap the arms around each other
  • You may be able to take the palms together
  • Squeeze the elbows together, relax the shoulders away from the ears and lift the elbows up to shoulder height as you gently move the hands away from you
  • Drop the chin slightly in towards the chest
  • Breathe into the upper back. Stay for 5 - 10 breaths then release and repeat on the other side.

What to watch for:

  • Donʼt worry if you canʼt touch the palms together, just wrap the arms as much as possible, you will still get the same benefits.

Our instructor is Polly Clark; yoga teacher and founder of Mountain Yoga Breaks who offer weekends combining mountain biking and yoga in the beautiful Welsh countryside.