Admit it, when it comes to riding your focus is on, well, riding. Getting in shape, gear and what trails to shred are the main priorities.
After an epic weekend, however, memories are not only held in your mind and on the camera but also in that stiff back and those crunchy knees. You’ll likely repeat said weekend several times over the season, and while your shredding skills may improve those aches and pains may not.
To alleviate those kinks, some of your more enlightened friends and riding buddies might already be into yoga, like Mike Brcic.
“I’ve been practicing yoga for six years and it’s the perfect complement to my riding,” says Brcic, president of Sacred Rides Mountain Bike Adventures. “Not only does it limber me up and prepare me for a tough ride, it helps me develop focus and balance, which makes me a better mountain biker. I’ve been meeting more and more people in the mountain bike community who also practice yoga.”
Now Brcic is pairing riding with yoga in a new Sacred Ride travel package in Mexico, where you can challenge your body on the trail and then stretch it all out on the mat – strengthening both body and mind in the process.
Sacred Rides’ head mountain bike instructor Johanna Weintrager will lead the retreat, along with local guide Alejandro Macias. Weintrager is also a certified yoga teacher, qualified to teach vinyasa, power and hot yoga.
“We’re going to start each day at sunrise with an invigorating session on the beach, ” says Weintrager, “then head out on the trails and work on our mountain bike skills. At the end of the day, we’ll finish up with a relaxing sunset yoga session. I’m pretty excited about bringing together my two passions.”
The weeklong retreat includes accommodations in cabins on a private beach north of Puerto Vallarta, meals, daily mountain bike rides and instruction, two yoga sessions and other optional.