Moovin and Groovin

Yoga for Cyclists

Quad Stretch Lizard Variation_
Quad Stretch Lizard Variation [Claire Deacon]

Claire focuses on some of the best yoga poses for cyclists to adopt as part of your after exercise stretching routine

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Moovin and Groovin is hosted by Claire Deacon founder of Olas Ocean Tribe

Podcast length 17’04”


Claire Deacon guides us through some of the best yoga poses for cyclists, explaining that cycling is one of the few activities in which muscles contract concentrically (so, while shortening), rather than eccentrically (while lengthening). The repetitive motion in peddling can cause the muscle fibres to shorten – this is also known as ‘adaptive muscle shortening.’ This will not only cause an imbalance in your muscles and put you at risk of injury, but it can really jeopardise your posture too. Shortened muscles can impact your ability, comfort, aerodynamics and eventually lead to injury. Most cycling injuries are caused by tight muscles or a limited range of motion. By targeted stretching you can lengthen your muscles, unlock your full potential and extend the years you can cycle. Claire talks us through some yoga poses that will help you as a cyclist.  See images below of the poses that Claire talks about in the show.

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Quad Stretch Lizard Variation

Quad Stretch Lizard Variation

Bridge Pose

Bridge Pose

Low Lunge

Low Lunge



Claire Deacon is the founder of the Olas leggings and the company that produces them.  Claire is a graphic designer whose philosophy is about using fabrics that help the environment.  She spent 10 years in the industry designing shoes, bags and surf clothing, which gave her the knowledge and skills to develop her own brand at Olas Ocean Tribe which is inspired by the ocean and nature. Growing up in Devon in the south of England and subsequently visiting beaches in Thailand and Sri Lanka she became acutely aware of plastic pollution. The statistics caused by plastic pollution are staggering. She said: “I felt passionate about creating awareness around the importance of recycling plastic and I wanted to turn the threat in threads. I wanted to add momentum to the consumer mindset of reducing, reusing and recycling.” And so Olas, which is Spanish for waves, was created. The Olas recycled plastic leggings show it is possible to create slow fashion that stands the test of time, is kind to the environment in the process and saves the oceans from plastic pollution.  The Olas leggings can be worn for most activities too making them popular eco friendly attire for active women.

Claire was a guest on Transcending Sport—Making Strides for Recycling into Active Wear— where she talking about her company and why she is passionate about saving our oceans from plastic pollution.




Photos supplied by Claire Deacon
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