Pedal, Stretch, Breathe actually started out as an issue of Taking The Lane zine. It became the most popular zine they published, so Kelli expanded on it & doubled the content to make it a book. In her friendly, accessible voice, Kelli Refer combines practical information & big picture ideas to provide a compelling new way of relating to both your body & the places you travel every day. Breathing techniques, hamstring stretches, clear diagrams of the anatomy involved in cycling, bike infrastructure, urban gardening, the science of particulate pollution, & the broad philosophical metaphors of yogic teaching all tie together convincingly in ways you wouldn't have expected.
This little 128-page pocket-sized gem includes sections like how to breathe your way up the steepest hills; yoga sequences for relaxing after a ride or stretching your calves at red lights; a flow chart of stretches to ease your achey knees & sore back; a breakdown of yogic philosophy as it applies to situations from road rage to complete streets advocacy. I love the charming drawings that illustrate all the muscles & yoga positions. The index of asanas on the last page is really handy to flip back to the illustrations quickly as needed. Also--it's a very portable little book, easily shoved in a pocked or purse for reference if you wanted to do some bikey yoga at the beach or while travelling.
Pedal, Stretch, Breathe is available from Elly Blue publishing, for $9.95.
About the author:
Kelli Refer is a yoga instructor, bicycle advocate, & daily cyclist in Seattle. She is dedicated to bringing yoga out of the studio & onto the bike path. Refer writes about yoga & bicycling on the blog yogaforbikers.me.
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