Thursday, January 21, 2016

Sponsor Intro #1 Core Power Yoga

One of my (late to the game) New Year's resolutions is to do a better job at discussing who my sponsors are, and why they are meaningful to me on the old blog. I obvi. am very grateful to all the people who support me in this crazy career, but I also want to share the love so others can learn about what all those logos on my jersey really mean.

So, because it's on my mind, and a new sponsor this year, I'm going to start with a little post on Core Power Yoga!

I'm pretty sure everyone and their mother has heard that yoga is great for cyclists. Let's be honest though, I went to my first class mainly because I saw on the internet that Emily Batty does yoga, and Emily Batty is crazy fast so I thought... hmmm, I will do that too!

So in Sept of 2014 Brendan and I went to a yoga class at Core Power in Tustin. It was a little hippy dippy, I have to admit, but holy cow was I blown away by how good (and sweaty) I felt when we walked out the door at the end of the hour long class. Also, again to be completely honest, I may have enjoyed the 'hands on adjustments' a little too much :) So I went back, and then I went back again.

My desire to continue was spurred by a few things;
1) I liked those mini massage/hands on adjustments, A LOT.
2) There's something about slowing down and focusing on your breath and where your body is in space that really felt meaningful to me.
3) Getting totally sweaty while stretching it out is my jam. The heat of the room makes you more limber than normal and I could feel all those hours of leaning over a bike being balanced out.

So yoga has been a pretty big part of my off season since that first class, and I get it in a few times a week during the season when I have time as well. I honestly believe that adding yoga to my training is one of the handful of things I did that made me fast last year (I cringed writing that because I'm incredibly paranoid about jinxing my future race results... but there I said it, I was kinda fast last year).

The Tustin studio is my go to studio :)
Core Power is a great studio because coach lets me replace a core workout with a yoga class (they are pretty heavy on the core part of the strength stuff at CPY... as you can probably tell from the name) and because they are ALL OVER so I can drop in for a class when I'm on the road and feel at home for that hour. Every class I've been to has been awesome, they offer a range of classes of different difficulty levels and heats, and I can still get as much out of the intro level class (C1) as any other because it's great for just stretching my tired body out on a rest day after a hard workout. I could go on and on about how great CPY is... but I'm just going to keep it short and sweet and say that if you live near a studio it's worth checking out! And the best part is that your first week is FREE, so if you've never been there GO GET YOUR FREE YOGA ON!

So Thanks Core Power Yoga, for supporting me in my quest to get really really ridiculously fast and win bike races and stuff!

Yoga, as good for you as a healthy breakfast... that's all :)
Home made granola and blackberries over greek yogurt :)


  1. I love to bike, but because of where I live, the pollution and heat will have me all super sweaty and dirty by the time I get to the office. So, I leave the cycling for Sundays when there aren’t many cars around and I can enjoy the ride.

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  3. Yes, I love biking. In my area, there are lots of biker and most of the time there is a festival or event relevant to cycle and road bike are arranged in this area. So that's why I enjoy this area a lot.

  4. Our team have been studying the effects of yoga on casual mountain bikers so it was refreshing to see some anecdotal evidence.
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  5. This looks like a fun. I am sure this sort of practices will certainly improve ride focus toward the bikes.

  6. Very useful article for all. I want to bike, but since of where I live, the contamination and warmth will have me all super damp with sweat and messy by the time I get to the office. Along these lines, I leave the cycling for Sundays when there aren't numerous vehicles around, and I can appreciate the ride. Lovely sharing!!