Back to Yoga….sort of

It’s been a while since I had time to do any updates because I’ve been so busy with some really exciting opportunities over the last few months so while I have a few minutes I thought I’d share what I’ve been doing this afternoon.

A couple of days ago I answered a call for a cyclist to spend a couple of hours doing some Yoga. Clearly I’m a cyclist and for those of you who don’t know I also love yoga (more on this in a bit) so I didn’t hesitate to say I was available. It turned out that it was for some filming for some short instructional videos that are going to be published on the web. The instructor for the afternoon was Lexie Williamson ( @CycleRunYoga), author of Yoga for Cyclists (to be clear I haven’t read the book so I can’t recommend it but Lexie was great in person and made a lot of sense).

What made the afternoon even better was the venue for the filming which may be the most peaceful place in the whole of the South East of England! Sp8ce Yoga studio is a purpose built, eco friendly studio on private land near Cobham. You approach down a gravelled lane which leads to a small gravelled car park and a path to the studio building. The building is largely made from wood including a lovely floor and one curved wall but the real highlight is the opposite wall which is a series of folding glazed doors looking out over the lake (complete with heron this afternoon). Once inside it is quieter than most libraries so there is nothing whatsoever to disturb you. A lovely place to be!

Is this the most peaceful place in the South East of England?

Is this the most peaceful place in the South East of England?

I said there would be more on Yoga so here it is. Although I haven’t done so much recently, I did spend a couple of years going to a Yoga class every week without fail. It was in Cardiff, 5mins walk from where I was living at the time and the first time that I went I just thought I’d see what it was like. Within about 20mins I was shaking with the effort of trying to hold a pose, had sweat dripping off my nose and was loving it. The instructor was great and had me hooked after that first class-so much so that I tried very hard to arrange my work diary so that I didn’t have to miss a class (for those of you in South Wales contact Ray by clicking here). I was pretty fit at the time but the class was still a serious challenge and I left knowing that I had done myself some good. Since then I have suggested that many of the riders that I work with try Yoga and without fail those that have gone have seen improvements in their riding as a result! Even better, you leave the class with a fantastic stress-free, refreshed feeling which has got to be good for you.

So, there’s my thoughts on Yoga and why all cyclists should do it. Why not give it a try yourself? If you don’t like it you don’t have to go again!

The approach to the studio.

The approach to the studio.

The studio entrance with the lake just in shot off to the right.

The studio entrance with the lake just in shot off to the right.