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Yoga and biking in one Vail workshop

Daily Staff ReportVail CO, Colorado

VAIL, Colorado Mountain Lotus at the Vail Athletic Club, the yoga studio located within the Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa, will offer a bike and yoga workshop on Saturday with cyclist and certified yogi, Eric Lavigne. The community is invited to attend.In honor of National Bike Awareness Month, we wanted to do something fun to support the awareness of cycling in combination with yoga, said Kelly Heath, Mountain Lotus studio director. On Saturday, we hope to bring a group together to get outside, ride and learn how yoga builds a cyclists strength and endurance and introduces flexibility to chronically tight muscles.Saturdays workshop will start with a 30-minute warm-up yoga class at Donovan Park, followed by a brisk 15-mile ride. The event will end with a 90-minute open-level yoga class suited for all cyclists.The workshop is open to all yoga and cycling levels. Please bring your own bike, bike helmet and water bottle. No mats or props will be needed for the mini-class at Donovan Park.

A cyclist repeatedly overtaxes some muscles and underutilizes others, said workshop guide Eric Lavigne. Watch a cyclist coming toward you and you can see the imbalances. Rocking side to side signals that one hip is compensating for the others weakness/inflexibility. Hips are the core of movement for the cyclist. If the core is weak, then the upper body works harder, and this can lead to back strain. Those issues, as well as other cyclist-specific problems, will be addressed in the yoga class.For more information, contact Kelly Major Heath, Mountain Lotus director, at 970-445-7825 or

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