When you’re relaxed, can you re-relax?
It’s hard to even relax in the first place though, let alone re-relax!
The body-mind connection makes this clear.
Just try to stay relaxed for more than a few moments, chances are your mind will drift off and habitual muscle tension will return to the body.
Not only that but stress brings tension to the body, wasting energy and preventing flow.

This is the featured yoga class of the week for 'Ryan Leech Connection' filmed at the BC Bike Race 2014 in Squamish.

This is the featured yoga class of the week for ‘Ryan Leech Connection’ filmed at the BC Bike Race 2014 in Squamish.

 

A body based meditation is thus incredibly valuable for athletes.
It helps develop your ability to relax during crux moments, and also to recuperate after sport.
Being able to choose this state despite circumstances brings so much freedom but certainly takes practice.

On my membership site I describe in a little more detail a meditation practice to develop your relaxation skills.

I’m pretty good at relaxing after years of yoga & meditation, but I still need practice at re-relaxing.
It’s obvious when I’m meditating. I’ll relax. Ahhhhh. A few moments later my shoulders will contract habitually, until I can consciously re-relax them.
The body/mind connection doesn’t get any more obvious. The cool thing is it’s malleable, the difference practicing this has made in my own riding and life experience is incredible.