LarryD517

Mixing Yoga With Cycling Classes

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I've been doing cycling classes for the last three years, typically 3-4 classes a week.

I started yoga in November. 

During the week, I typically, do yoga in the morning and on Monday nights I do Soul Cycle

On the weekends at my health club, their are Spinning classes that slightly overlap with the yoga classes.

Today, I did a 75 minute yoga class and ran upstairs to join a Spinning class that was already in progress.

Does cycling do the opposite of yoga, that is, does it tighten the muscles that I just loosened? (if that makes any sense)

Is it okay to do two, seemingly opposite, exercises within close time? If I do both, would it be better to do yoga before or after?

 

Thanks!

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Hey there, so cool to read about someone who mixes spinning/cycling + yoga! I always wanted to ask about it here, on the forum, but never got around doing it.

I'm no sport expert, but I'm both a spinning/cycling and a yoga fan, so I'll just share what I do :)

 

I've developed some severe spine issues a few years ago, and my specialist forbid me a ton of sports I used to do, because they would make the state of my spine drastically worse in a short amount of time. She basically left me with swimming as the only option in case I really wanted to keep doing sports. But I didn't want to take up swimming, because that's the most time-consuming and fussiest sport ever to do on a regular basis (in my opinion), so I begged her to give me other alternatives.

 

That's how we came up with spinning for cardio (because it doesn't harm the spine like running or jumping does) and yoga/pilates for improving my spinal health / reducing the pain, plus of course for the sake of doing sports and keeping fit.

 

I really love the combination of the two, because although pilates and yoga are super beneficial both physically and mentally, I think they do need to be complemented by some good sweaty speedy cardio! And while spinning is super awesome and energizing and entertaining and builds stamina, it doesn't do anything for my spine and also leaves you in need of a good strech :)
 

What I learnt, is that you are supposed to do streching type of sports like yoga, after the intensive cardio type of classes, at least that's how lessons are scheduled in my local studio. And often yoga/streching instructors ask in the beginning of their classes whether we did some other classes before, because then the streching would be even more beneficial for our warmed up muscles. Also, if you think about it, would you get up and go to a crazy spinning lesson after relaxing in your savasana at the end of your yoga class? But I'm no expert and also not a native English speaker, so I can't express myself so well :)))

 

Oh, and of course, since I'm doing this (spinning&yoga), my backpain and other issues connected to it (like going numb randomly) have almost disappeared (come back only if I don't get to exercise for a few days in a row, which I try to avoid happening of course), I lost 10 kilos and I generally feel in a better shape both mentally in physically.

 

Anyway, it was really cool to hear from someone doing something similar to me! There are so many people who for example mix running and yoga and keep talking about it, but it's such a heartbreak not being able to join the conversation and knowing it's a waste of time to even read about it, since all spine-specialists and therapists are 100% convinced running is a bad idea for me.

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I LOVE doing yoga right after a run - like barely any cooldown after a run. It does something amazing for my mind....A few times I've done cycling then yoga & it was really nice, but I don't ever get the same feeling as a run/yoga. I have had to run AFTER yoga and it was really tough getting into that first mile - really tough, but then after that I felt pretty good. I would say if you had a choice, do the yoga afterwards to really stretch the muscles - but if you don't have a choice it's really not hurting anything b/c you are warming up relaxed muscles and then cooling them down again - but I'm curious to see what the answer to this is from Candace or another yoga teacher.

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I agree with both of you that yoga afterwards makes the most sense.

The gym's schedule doesn't work for that optimal blend. I ran out of the yoga class before savasana as the spin class was already 15 minutes old. 

The alternative would be to go to an earlier spin class and either

  • join the yoga class missing the first half hour
  • spin for only 30 minutes
  • wait 90 minutes for the next yoga class.

Neither of which work, so I'll do the yoga/spin

​As I've been doing a ton of spinning of the last few years, my priority would be the yoga class
​I guess what I'm really asking if there's any harm in spinning after yoga.

Thanks!

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I love doing yoga as it relaxes our mind. I think you should do yoga right after the run because it will give you a peace and a relaxation. And even a Beginner Triathlete NY suggest you to do yoga at the end. This site will provide the detail information about yoga and sports. And nothing happens if you do cycling and yoga in a very close time. And both are two different things but they do the same thing of stretching your muscles so there is no need to worry.

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I'm not a teacher but this is what I heard from other people/teachers. 

I heard it's best to do yoga after, especially lengthening, stretching, etc because activities like cycling and running actually shorten the muscles in the legs.

You could do both as well. Yoga as a warm up and as a cool down? I know the gym doesn't optimize this. But in my experience regardless of the right answer, it feels amazing to do yoga after running. It's like you're squeezing out the rest of toxins out of your system and putting your body in its original state.

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While, yoga class after spin would be ideal, my bigger concern with flipping it around is that you are cutting out one of the most important parts of your yoga practice. While some people may think savasana is "just lying there" it's actually a crucial part of the yoga practice. Savasana is the posture that allows your body and mind to integrate all the work you do in your practice. So if you're skipping out on savasana so that you can make it to spin, I'd advise at least doing some gentle yoga again on your own after you get out of spin class (probably some hammy stretches like downwawrd dog, janu sirsasana and paschimottonasana), and then taking the time to lie in savasana as well. It really is important. #mytwocents

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