Below are details and tips to join us (or do your own) SUP yoga this summer.




This is only for those who are comfortable in the water.
However, you *CAN* be a beginner yogi and a newbie SUP’er!
REALLY – all levels welcome!
The water is calm, warm and only 3′ deep.



Stand up paddleboard (SUP) yoga brings fun and freedom to the usually earth-bound yoga practice, gaining popularity across the country and welcoming all levels of practitioner even those new to yoga and SUP boards. Boards are anchored or tethered to stay in place as gentle breezes shift the orientation to take in the view. The soothing rocking of the board on softly undulating water combines with sun, fresh air and those expansive views to make this an unforgettable and sought after experience.

THIS SHORT VIDEO of one of my classes last summer GIVES YOU AN IDEA!



TUESDAY, 8:15am: 30/30 SUP + STRETCH
An hour class untethered out into the gorgeous lake with the awesome Zach. 30 mins of SUP’ing with core strengthening, SUP technique development and taking in the view, with 30 mins of stretching, yoga and breathwork woven throughout.

Tethered at the clear, shallow, warm north end of the lake, we move, we breathe, we keep the senses wide open and we have a blast. ALL levels welcome inc beginners.

Tethered at the clear, shallow, warm north end of the lake, we move, we breathe, we keep the senses wide open and we have a blast. ALL levels welcome inc beginners.

Enjoy yoga on the board for an hour then head to the lakeside Sandbar at the Inn on the Lake for blue whales, or go to Nolan’s for dinner!  Regular price and pre-registration apply.

Tethered at the clear, shallow, warm north end of the lake, we move, we breathe, we keep the senses wide open and we have a blast. ALL levels welcome inc beginners.

SUNDAY morning, 8:15am: SUP YOGA
Tethered at the clear, shallow, warm north end of the lake, we move, we breathe, we keep the senses wide open and we have a blast. ALL levels welcome inc beginners.

Same great class, just a special time to end the weekend and set a great tone for the week ahead. Regular class fee and pre-registration apply.

MORE CLASSES – special Friday happy hour, group and private sessions, parties, private instruction. Contact me

- PLEASE: arrive about 10 mins before class start.
- Latecomers may not be able to join class.
- After class, shop at CDGA Sailboard, eat serious nom noms at: Simply Crepes, the Inn on the Lake, the Sand Bar, Macri’s Deli, The Gateway Grille, the Muar House – all just a stone’s throw from our SUP location.

Canandaigua Sailboard - at the North end of Canandaigua lake.

Through Canandaigua Sailboard, if purchase a SUP board, indicate you are with TUNE yoga – you will enjoy a 10% discount on a board purchase as a courtesy, then ANOTHER 10% off that same purchase for being with TUNE yoga.  

There is a large grassy field just across the street from CDGA SAILBOARDING. OR you can utilize Old Wegman’s Plaza parking lot, just a short walk away (CN Bank, Macri’s Deli, etc.) or park along Lakeshore Drive is you can find a legal spot.

A few minutes before stated class start time (above). We meet on the grass, just around corner from Cdga Sailboard, at the west edge of Kershaw Park. Be prompt – we’ll start class out in the water about :10 to :15 mins into the stated class time and go for a minimum of :45 minutes.


  • CLASS FEE IS $30 payable to TUNE Yoga (not Cdga Sailboard)
    TUNE yoga class fee is $15; Cdga Sailboard rental fee is $15
  • HAVE YOUR OWN BOARD? GREAT! Your fee is $15 with your own board. You do still need to pre-register to reserve a board as classes fill.
  • Pre-pay for class is REQUIRED whether you have your own board or doing a rental. Class space and rentals are limited – so first come, first serve.
  • Pre-payment of the $15 (with your board) or $30 (class + rental) required – cash, check, credit card, PayPal (instructions below)
  • Reserve a spot with Leslee by calling or texting (585-362-6715), emailing ( or fb messaging (
  • No refunds. (If you pre-pay and you don’t climb on-board (maybe it is the weather, or you are sick, or your mother-in-law came to town unannounced…whatever…) you’ll have a credit for a subsequent class)
  • TUNE punchcards do not apply for SUP yoga unless special arrangements have been made.
  • If you purchased the QUAD PACK, you still need to pre-reserve a spot in your desired class day/time.

If we can’t get on the water due to weather, you will have a credit for another class. The “GO/NO GO” decision for class will be two hours prior to start time. Check with Leslee via text or Facebook post as to the status if you are unsure.


  • Shoes. Ideally water shoes specifically made for the purpose, but flip flops and white soled running shoes have been worn….(Reason is zebra muscles are sharp…trust me….and walking into the water is nice with the shoes. You may take them off for the SUP yoga, but it is nice to have for the transitions.) You can buy shoes at Cdga Sailboard or other locations around town if you desire.
  • Leash on the paddleboard is to be worn at all times when paddle boarding. During the yoga portion of the class, once anchored, the leash can be removed.
  • Wear your YMXbyYellowman top (remember it has sunscreen in it and can hold items in the back pocket) OR a swim suit, workout shorts, shorts, t-shirt, capris, yoga clothes, etc. — in general, garments are your choice, really.
  • Baseball caps work if really sunny.
  • Sunglasses (with strap ideally) optional (there are MANY pairs of sunglasses at the bottom of the lake, fyi.)
  • Towel (you *may* fall in and if you do, it feels amazing! We all have! No worries – you left your ego on shore…)
  • Sunscreen
  • A big, fat, toothy smile, ‘cuz life is good and we are grateful for that.



    You can pay with Visa, MasterCard, AMEX or Discover,by calling Leslee – 585-362-6715 and providing CC#, exp date, 3 digit security code (on back right side) and zip code.
    Secure, fast, easy. Go to and then go to “Transfer” in the navigation. Then under Transfer, select “Send someone money” and follow the instructions. The email you will send to is  You and I will both get a confirmation from PayPal of the transaction. **PLEASE LET ME KNOW IN THE NOTES SECTION OF THE TRANSACTION WHAT CLASS [DATE + TIME] YOU ARE PAYING FOR.** Tx.


  • Go with the flow (really!). The water is different all the time – hour to hour and even minute to minute. Not only is the breeze/wind a factor but there is a slight current in the water where we SUP.
  • The experience is different than yoga on terra firma. Many say it is more of a mind calming experience and while the physical benefits of the practice are derived, the feeling after is a deep sense of calm and stress reduction from focusing on something very different with the balancing, the surroundings and the overall experience.
  • Even if you have NEVER done SUP, you will be fine! The class is mellow, with nothing crazy in terms of poses. If a more advanced pose is offered as an option, you have a choice to do something else (options provided)!
  • Falling:  LET IT GO! Really!  Falling in feels good to the body (the water is like bath water!) and since you left your ego on shore (!) you won’t care. DO NOT try to stop yourself from falling – go with it is the best way to keep it safe. You’ll take a breath, hop back on the board and carry on.
  • Read a short, good perspective here. 
  • Watch this short video of one of my classes.

108 Sun Salutations



Join us for a wonderful, community based practice – energizing for body, spirit and soul. Donation based with proceeds benefiting the CCIA Food Pantry – Canandaigua.

Saturday, November 21, 2013
10am – 11:30am
177 South Main Street, Canandaigua – above Finger Lakes Gallery  & Frame
(park and enter back of building – Jazzercise studio)

Bring your own mat, or borrow one of ours.

You can take the 108 at your pace, rest as needed. It is a special time and you will be so grateful you participated.


Cape Cod Workshops

Quiet Mind Studio, Wellfleet, Mass


1. SPORTS POSTURE - Form, Function, Power, Longevity
10:30am – 12:30pm
Rehydration with Zico® Coconut Water – provided for the session

With traditional and non-traditional yoga postures as well as a basic overview of anatomy, we’ll explore:

  • The core – front, side, back – and explore how to reduce “energy leaks” to maximize muscular efficiency
  • The pelvis to core connection and its role as the supporting foundation
  • Explore specific MUSCLES then move to synergistic MOVEMENTS
  • The importance of hamstring + hip flexibility

1:00pm – 3:00pm
Rehydration with Zico® Coconut Water – provided for the session

With yoga postures and a basic overview of the hip and leg anatomy, we’ll:

  • Learn what problems arise from a tight psoas – and  how to avoid them
  • See how the diaphragm and the psoas are connected, and why that’s important
  • Explore passive and active ways/positions to make the psoas supple and happy
  • Gain access to the psoas via the quadriceps
  • Study the relationship between the psoas and the piriformis

$75 for both (a $15 savings) or $45 for each Large color handout provided.
Pre-registration required through Zack Dixon – or
95 Commercial St, Wellfleet, MA

Sage Masters Athlete Workshop

SageRiders Masters Workshop Series #1

SEPTEMBER 12-15, 2013 Canandaigua, New York

Enjoy a change of pace to be refreshed, equipped and inspired.

Experience:  Be refreshed with fellow masters athletes with supported daily rides led by world class cyclists.

Knowledge:  Be equipped from interactive lectures dealing with information specifically for the masters athlete not found on the bookshelves today with topics such as;  nutrition, thermoregulation, hydration, training, recovery, bike fit and body health. And, a first-ever module will be focus on the menopausal female athlete.

Wisdom: Be inspired from the ‘SageNetwork’ of other Masters athletes and look inside their “wisdom toolbox.”

  • Thursday Evening  – Welcome with Canadian Olympic Cyclist Marilyn Trout, US National Team Cyclist, Leslee Schenk Trzcinski (TUNE yoga) and other guests
  • Friday Morning   -  Session #1 Changing Gears: Training +  Recovery of the Masters athlete (PRESENTED BY MARY EGGARS, IRONMAN TRIATHLETE AND AREA CELEBRITY)  /  Ride, run  #1
  • Friday Afternoon – Free time/Local activity
  • Friday Evening   - Dinner & Session #2 – Changing Gears with inspirational local athlete KEVIN ROYSTON (HIT & RUN VICTIM, AMPUTEE AND PHENOMENALLY DRIVEN ATHLETE)
  • Saturday Morning  -  Session #3 – Nutrition & Recovery – including Fueling with Carbohydrate Sensitivity (PRESENTED BY AREA SPORTS NUTRITIONIST and PANEL)      /  Ride or run #2
  • Saturday Afternoon – Free time / Local activity
  • Saturday Evening – Dinner & Session #4 -  Changing Gears:  Riding the Heat Wave – Menopausal Module – (Men welcome too) – women in 40s can prepare, women in 50s and beyond can hear interesting data and tips for navigating the changes. Hear first hand accounts and ways women are dealing with it through nutrition, diet and lifestyle changes and awareness
  • Sunday Morning – Session #5 – Changing Gears with the experts: Panel with Q & A/Optional Ride or Run #3

Who:  All Master athletes (cyclists, runners, triathletes, ANY SPORT) who want a change, need a change or need to change.

Cost:  $399 Early Bird (by August 1) $475 (After 8/1) - includes Thursday reception, Friday & Saturday dinners, Fully Supported Rides, Five Workshop Sessions, SageRiders Jersey Special Workshop Discount, Product giveaways, and more

Accommodation Recommendation: Miami Motel* breakfast included – $69/night queen and $79/night Double Queen rooms with kitchenette (* highly recommended)

For more information:                                                                                                                                 SageRider Workshop Series Coordinator Marilyn Trout 719.634.6221  Canandaigua Workshop Coordinator Leslee Schenk Trzcinski 585.362.6715

To provide a community of Masters athletes for encouragement and service to one another through shared experience, knowledge and wisdom as we change.

Changing gears is simple.  Choosing the best one takes wisdom.

loosen those hips and hams

For athletes or those active this summer, it is important to keep two key areas of the body opened, flexible and balanced:
a. the hamstrings
b. the hip flexors – mainly the psoas
For anyone, but especially cyclists and runners, both are primary causes for low back crankiness as well as reduced efficiency, power and speed in pedal stroke or running gait.
a.   b.  

Below are some ‘must do’ yoga movements to target these critical areas. The PRE-RIDE/RUN sequences are designed to be done even with your cleats or running shoes on. Regularity is KEY. Try to do these consistently for *great* results.

Muscle research proves it is important and better to do DYNAMIC stretching pre-training to move the muscles and build some heat and blood flow. Do this sequence – targeting the psoas and hips –  up to three times each side prior to your ride or run. And, make sure you follow the breath instructions for optimal results to prep the body and even focus the mind.
[featuring YMX by Yellowman long sleeve peony jersey]

stand tall and confident in mountain pose, INHALE…

EXHALE, lift L leg up, hands stay at side…

, step L foot back and raise arms overhead, L leg straight and strong, R knee directly over R ankle…

EXHALE, pivot from hips to arrow pose, keep back flat, straight arms stay in line with ears, R knee stays over R ankle…

, draw hands together at heart center, plugging thumbs gently into sternum, watch that R knee – keep it over the R ankle…

, twist to R, L elbow ‘catches’ R knee, L leg strong, and remember – R knee over R ankle, gaze upward…

INHALE, un-twist, weight comes fully into R foot keeping R knee slightly bent, lift L leg and balance, arms straight, gaze down to ground…

EXHALE, drop L foot right next to R, pause in chair pose, tailbone drawn down, arms reaching high…

INHALE, press into feet to stand, arms at side for mountain pose. Switch sides.

A great release for low back, glute, outer hip and IT band. You can do this in shoes and even holding the top tube of your bike mid-ride or standing road side during mid-run.

Standing tall, tailbone dropping, hands at hips, cross R ankle over bent L knee…[for ease in balancing - grab a wall, a chair, a tree, a car, your top tube, your training partner...etc.]

Reach hands forward keeping back flat, shoulders back and down…

Pivot from hips and reach forward, hands stay shoulder height, back flat…

Drop arms to legs (R hand inside R knee, L hand on R foot), keeping back flat. Switch sides.


After riding/training, STATIC stretches where we hold poses for at least one minute, helping to lengthen tight hamstrings and overused hip flexors and spine for injury prevention, balance and recovery. Here are just three great ways to release the psoas, hip flexors and back.  More poses can be found here.


A light backbend that strengthens/releases back, legs and hips, massages spine, and opens chest.

  • Back flat on ground, knees bent. Elbows bent alongside ribs, fingers point to ceiling.
  • Bring R ankle onto L knee and flex R foot. Push L foot and elbows hard into mat to lift hips off floor.
  • Do not tuck chin, keep throat open.
  • Drop R knee toward floor but don’t let R hip drop – keep both hip points level.
  • Breathe deep and steady. Hold for 5 or more steady breaths; switch sides.


Opens and releases outer hip and hamstrings while neutralizing the spine.

  • Back flat on ground, knees bent. Bring R ankle onto L knee and flex R foot. Lift bent L leg and bring R knee toward chest.
  • Put R hand on inside of R knee and L hand on R foot. Gently push R knee away from body.
  • As you exhale, continue to draw L knee closer to chest keeping low back on floor.
  • Relax shoulders and back. Hold for minimum of one minute; switch sides.


Stretches all hamstrings while releasing accumulated tension in low back. 

  • Using a strap or belt, lie on back, legs extended. Place strap around ball of R foot.
  • Slowly lengthen R leg so strap slides through hand until leg is fully straightened. Elbows fully extend.
  • Relax upper neck and shoulders. Press ball of R foot into strap while pulling strap into ball of foot.
  • Keep back of L  thigh pressing into ground, L foot flexed.
  • Hold 1 to 2 minutes each side breathing deeply, steadily.




Canandaigua CycloFemme Ride 2014 – Join Us!

SUNDAY, MAY 11, 2014
cyclofemme image

Sunday May 11. 2014 [Mother's Day] join what will be over 250+ rides going on all over the world as part of the CYCLOFEMME movement - simply to get not just women – but EVERYONE – out on their bikes.  YAY – WE LOVE THAT!! Here is a great story on the origin of the ride – and its innovator here.

If you haven’t already, please register here just so we have a sense of head count.
The ride is FREE.
WCR great view

Here are the details of our Canandaigua ride below:

1. 15(ish) miles - from downtown Cdga to Ononda Park, W Lake Rd
2. 22(ish) miles – from downtown Cdga to Bristol Lodge, Seneca Point Rd
3. 45(ish) miles – from downtown Cdga around Cdga Lake (west to east)

   1. Ononda Park – rolling from our start location (see below), we’ll turn onto Parish Street, then onto Cty Rd 16/W Lake Road for a leisure ride flat nearly all the way – except for one short hill - to Ononda Park – left side of road. If this is your chosen route, you can enter the park and find the snack table near the lake with water, oranges, CHOCOLATE (of course) and other stuff. Then you’ll turn around and roll back to our start location. (There is a hill going back.)

2. Bristol Lodge – rolling from our start location (see below)  we’ll turn onto Parish Street, then onto Cty Rd 16/W Lake Road for a leisure ride passing Ononda Park (stop of shorter ride – #1 above) and climb to Bristol Lodge.  You have a choice of climb – Miller hill (passing Miller nursery and staying on W Lake Road and then turning L at top onto Seneca Point Road and rolling to Bristol Lodge on right) *OR* turning left onto Coye Road and while flat for a bit, will have to shorter but still good climbs. At top of Coye Rd, you turn left and roll to Bristol Lodge on the right.) Stopping here for snacks – oranges, chocolate (of course!), water and other things. This group will turn around from here and head back home to our start location.

3. Around Canandaigua Lake – rolling from our start location (see below)  we’ll turn onto Parish Street, then onto Cty Rd 16/W Lake Road for a leisure ride passing Ononda Park (stop of shorter ride option #1 above) and climb to Bristol Lodge. You have a choice of climb – Miller hill (passing Miller nursery and staying on W Lake Road and then turning L at top onto Seneca Point Road and rolling to Bristol Lodge on right) *OR* turning left onto Coye Road and while flat for a bit, will have to shorter but still good climbs. At top of Coye Rd, you turn left and roll to Bristol Lodge on the right.) Stopping here for snacks – oranges, chocolate (of course), water and other things. From this stop (ride #2 option above turns back home from here), this group will continue down Seneca Point Road to Hicks Road for a gorgeous climb back to County Rd 21. Maps will be provided at ride start for the rest of this route that rolls down pass Monica’s Pies and across to the east side, through Middlesex and back north ultimately hugging the shores of Canandaigua lake and into downtown Canandaigua.

Of course the group will split on hills and there is no obligation to stay together.  This is a ride as you want event – leisurely, moderate, fast, slow, you choose. Just have fun and BE SAFE!!


8:30 meet-up; 9am roll-out.
(You need to sign in, sign a waiver pre-ride)

699 South Main Street, Hardcore/Cdga CrossFit + TUNE yoga location. (Corner of 5&20 – Plaza with Cdga Nat Bank, Vineyards, Macri’s Deli, etc.) TONS of parking. Will leave from that parking lot. Come inside (enter under Curves sign) to use bathroom, sign in, etc.)

cyclofemme group shot

- Helmet must be worn.
- Bike in good working order.
- Bike tube and CO2/pump in case of flat (no formal support/sag)
- Waiver signed SUNDAY morning (standard)
- Water bottle/rehydration (water + snacks (READ: CHOCOLATE!!!) provided at Ononda and Bristol)
- Safe riding. Road rules followed – no flipping off drivers; no running red lights; no riding two abreast; be safe / be smart. Recommend bright jersey color (YMX is good for that!), blinky lights and RoadID bracelet worn.

We will ride unless it is rainy, sleety, etc – we’re hardcore, but not THAT hardcore. Use your judgement – text or call if you are wondering. (Contact info just below)

7. PRE-RIDE STRETCH – we’ll do this for just a few minutes at our bikes to stretch out the hamstrings and get some lung action going. 

8. QUESTIONS? Contact Leslee.

usac camp photo



get the most out of each move

Whether you are a time-starved athlete trying to optimize performance, a dedicated yoga practitioner, or somewhere in between, the following tips are GREAT reminders how to improve EVERY yoga/mobility move.

This is one of the things I repeat MOST often in my classes and coaching athletes. When you invite space in the spine, draw the crown of the head to the ceiling and get as much length as you can, you will feel simultaneously strong, confident, light, buoyant and engaged. It is also promoting great health in the spine and other systems of the body.

Most of us stick our butt out and ribcage forward, increasing the arch/curve in the low back. This can exaccerbate deep back ache and be caused by core weakness in the back and belly muscles. This is not a backbend that you are trying to do on purpose, so stop it…! Instead, draw the front ribs back toward the back ribs, pull the belly button in toward the spine, and lengthen the tailbone toward the heels. We don’t want to completely obliterate the lumbar/low back curve, but reduce it and effectively lengthen and strengthen the core – front, side and back.

In standing poses, press your feet into floor for grounding and stability. The feet are the forgotten body part – crammed in “leather coffins” all day. Sooo, give them freedom, space and health by spreading them wide and planting them firmly.  In seated positions, feel your sitting bones equally root into the floor. In poses using the hands, spread the fingers w-i-d-e and root into the mat making for a stronger, even safer, practice.

Inhale deeply  > exhale completely > repeat. This is the core element of the practice to focus the mind and calm / release the body. It is critical to derive the benefits of the postures no matter your level, or your objectives. And, take that off the mat for better [everything].

While the postures require awakening and engagement of the area involved, try to find a sense of ease and letting go. Take the pose to the point of resistance, then take a deep breath and back it off a bit. (Sometimes more than other times depending on if you are recovering from a tough workout or simply want a more gentle move.) You are engaging, yet not struggling or pushing.

Your 10 Minute Mobility Practice

This is “commercial break yoga” – short, dedicated spurts of movement and breathing…! No excuses. Breathe mindfully. Focus on each movement. Do in this order. Listen to your body – stretch to resistance but never pain. Smile. Repeat.

#1: COW / CAT (or spinal waves)

Promotes fluidity in the spine. Sync movement with breath cycles.
1. Hands stacked under shoulders with fingers spread wide. Knees directly under hips.
2. With slow inhale, drive chest toward “window” of your arms and lift tailbone to ceiling.
3. With slow exhale, move to lift the spine upward, pushing the floor away. Relax back of neck and tuck tailbone.
4. Move with your breath – always inhaling into cow and exhaling into the cat.
5. Take your time, making observations about hips, shoulders, side body, neck and of course, spine.

#2: DOWN DOG (try modification with knees bent)

Strengthens shoulders, arms, and wrists. Lengthens tight hamstrings.
1. From cat / cow (knees directly below hips; hands a few inches in front of shoulders), press down evenly through the four corners of both hands, spread fingers evenly.
2. Tuck toes, on an exhale, lift knees away from ground, keeping them slightly bent (or very bent – see pic above and #7 below.)
3. Gently lift sit bones toward ceiling.
4. Slowly lengthen legs, moving into your hips.
5. Move your awareness to your shoulders – firm shoulder blades and broaden them away from each other.
6. Notice which side or part of body feels tighter and breathe into that side.
7. MODIFICATION: Keep knees bent to release low back and if you have particularly tight hamstrings.
8. Hold for at least 10 breaths and work up to holding for 2 minutes.


Gets at hard to stretch “TFL” at front of hip and top of IT band as well as quad. Opens side body; promotes bigger breaths.

1. Kneel and put on left foot back behind you and right foot flat on floor in lunge position.
2. Keep left hip directly over left knee (90 degree angle).
3. CRITICAL — tuck the tailbone / pelvis under (like a scolded dog) – this action will help you feel a stronger stretch to the top of the thigh.
4. Put right hand on right hip or thigh, and reach left arm overhead – away from the leg that is being stretched.
5. Hold 3 breaths; release and switch sides.


Superb outer hip opener.
1. Lay onto back, with knees bent and thighs parallel and hip-distance apart.
2. Cross left ankle over right thigh, making sure that anklebone clears thigh. Actively flex front foot by pulling toes back (this is so the center of foot will line up with your kneecap rather than curving into a sickle shape, which can stress the ligaments of the ankle and knee.)
3. Maintaining this alignment, pull right knee in toward chest, thread left arm through the triangle between legs and interlace fingers around the back of right leg or right shin (not back of knee). If you can hold in front of your shin without lifting your shoulders off the floor or rounding the upper back, do so; otherwise, keep hands clasped around hamstring or use a strap.(Goal is to avoid creating tension in the neck and shoulders as you open the hips, so choose a position that keeps your upper body relaxed.)
4.  As you draw right leg in (making sure to aim it toward right shoulder and not the center of chest), simultaneously press your left knee away from you.
5. Hold for 10 breaths or longer; switch sides.


A beginning backbend that strengthens legs and hips, massages the spine, and opens the heart. Counterbalances compressed chest.
1. Lie on back with knees bent, feet flat, parallel to each other and hip distance apart, 10 to 12 inches from pelvis. Ankles directly under knees.
2. Rest hands near hips with palms up, helping to open front of shoulders and collarbones.
3. Rock gently to roll and slip shoulder blades under, tucking toward hips, creating space between ears and shoulders.
4. Push up through feet to bring hips off floor.
5. Clasp hands underneath helping to ground shoulders and roll open chest. Clasped hands continue to push toward ankles while engaging legs; continue to open chest in backbend.
6. Do NOT tuck chin, but rather keep throat open and bring front ribs toward face.
7. Hold for five breaths. Release to floor and rest. Repeat 2 times.


Break the lateral plane of everything we do. Regain some range of motion in the spine and “detox” or “squeeze + soak” the organs. Also a nice outer hip release.

1. Lie flat on back. Arms out to side.
2. Bring left leg straight out to left side. Stack right leg on top of left leg, keeping both straight.
3. Play with how ‘high’ you bring the feet toward the left hand. (The higher the legs go, the higher the twist goes up your spine. Adjust as is comfortable for you and where you feel you need a deeper stretch. Proceed with caution and LISTEN to your body – it will be different on any given day.)
4. Look over to right hand. Try to keep right shoulder grounded into floor/mat.
5. Relax and release into the twist – let go for up to five breaths. Switch sides.

There you have it! Keep it up – regularity is key. Make time – you’ll be glad you did.

form and function on the bike workshop


- SUNDAY, APRIL 13 – 1:30 – 4:30pm
ALL LEVELS WELCOME (yoga newbies too, of course…)

Join Leslee Schenk Trzcinski, US national team and world championship medaling cyclist now yoga / mobility instructor and USA CYCLING certified cycling coach 

“Leslee’s class is a MUST for all cyclists.”
~Todd Scheske, Level 1 USA Cycling Coach, Elite Cyclist/Nat’l Championship Medalist

“Thank you for the yoga classes. Your yoga for athletes focus is perfect to counter my tight hamstrings, hip flexors and gain overall balance and focus. I plan to come more often this off-season to aid training and recovery.” Danielle Ohlson, Pro Triathlete

“Thanks so much for the great workshop yesterday, Leslee. I learned so much – little tweaks that I have no doubt will help a lot. Got out for my first outdoor ride this morning – and you were in my head much of the way … “don’t break the toothpicks” “let your light shine” etc. I realized that I’d been holding my head all wrong – and doing a number on my neck. I’m so grateful for you.” Wende Cleary, all-around athlete – triathlete, marathoner

Take Your 2013 Season to the Next Level with Mobility and Strength off and on the Bike  *Back by popular demand*

Learning how to apply core principles of strength in a weak/underutilized core (mainly back and shoulders) and flexibility in the power muscles (quads, glutes, hamstrings) to ensure optimal power, efficiency, endurance and taking your summer 2013 to the next level. This is an extended workshop that spends 2+ hours on the yoga mat, then time on YOUR bike (on trainer – provide your own or one can be provided for you) that you bring for form analysis, application of the yoga principles we review and how to ensure position is not hindering – but rather propelling – your ascent to the next level.

cycling workshop posture

$45 includes large 4-color handout

Pre-payment following options:
1. credit card - Visa, MC, AMEX, Discover. Either over phone or at studio/in person.
2. utilize PayPal – secure, fast, easy. Go to and then go to “Transfer” in the navigation. Then under Transfer, select “Send someone money” and follow the instructions. The email you will send to  You and I will both get a confirmation from PayPal of the transaction
3. send check – inquire with Leslee for address and details
4. pay cash – at studio.
No refunds for pre-paid classes or workshops unless you can secure someone to take your place. Special arrangements can be made in unique circumstances to transfer the payment of one workshop to another – dependent upon specific workshop content and sizes. 

TUNE/HARDCORE STUDIO, 699 S Main, Canandaigua. (Enter under the Curves sign.)

- your bike
- cycling shoes (whatever they are)
- bike trainer (can use a loaner if don’t have one)
- comfortable clothes to move from yoga mat to on the bike
- water if you like
- not a full stomach (eat a full meal more than 2 hrs prior, small snack 1 hour prior)
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what is ‘it’ about the IT band?

Commonly known as “runner’s knee,” IT band friction syndrome also plagues cyclists.  Symptoms include pain on the outside of the knee, tenderness and sometimes swelling. Pain can be dull to ice picky, oh my ___ make it stop shooting pain.

I know the drill – I had the incredibly painful ice pick in the outer knee IT band friction syndrome. It hurts!  Luckily, I had successful IT band surgery back in 1990 after experiencing quick onset of that acute, debilitating pain. I was racing on the prestigious and phenomenal 7-Eleven cycling team and shattered my collarbone (four pieces, compound, through the skin…2 surgeries…but that is another story in itself) and as I worked to regain fitness being off the bike, I incorporated some running into my training. The hard trail running on uneven surfaces, coupled with a lot of trainer riding, put my IT band in a tizzy. Thankfully, I had the best in the world in the form of Boulder’s famous Andy Pruitt. He and a small team of docs got me in and out – cut the inflammed IT band out – and I healed quickly and have not experience pain since – even with four marathons and lots of cycling training later.

If you’ve been riding and/or running for a while, chances are you’ve experienced it. Here is a breakdown of what IT band friction syndrome is and how to address it problem.

IT pain is typically associated with prolonged, repetitive activity - however, the advanced cases may cause pain when simply walking or going up and down stairs. You may feel stiff or tight after periods of inactivity and especially after prolonged sitting.

The iliotibial band (ITB) is a tendonous and fascial band that originates on the iliac crest (hipbone). It also attaches to the gluteal muscles (your bum) and the tensor fascia latae (TFL). The TFL is the muscle on the outside of your hip that moves your leg outward.

As the ITB travels toward the knee, it narrows and attaches to the outside of the tibial plateau (the top of your lower leg bone) with fibers also extending over to the patella. The band often feels palpably tight and can almost be strummed with your fingers on the outside of the knee.

The syndrome occurs as the band slides across the lateral femoral epicondyle, a bony bump on the outside of the femur – a little bony bump just below the outside of your knee (ask me to show you my scar there some time…!) As your knee flexes and extends repeatedly, the band can become inflamed. During a pedal stroke, the band crosses the epicondyle once on the down stroke and again as the knee flexes back to the top of the stroke. This pic from Athletes Training Athletes shows where it typically hurts:

If you consider a cyclist pedaling at a cadence of 90 rpm, that would equate to 180 slides per minute. On a two-hour ride, the ITB will cross the knee 21,600 times..wowza.

Many factors can contribute to the problem. One is muscle imbalance, where some muscle groups are tight and others are weak or fatigued. The basic cycling position can feed these imbalances.

Tightness, or a loss in flexibility, can occur in the hip flexors, hip abductors and internal rotators. Correspondingly, it often helps to strengthen the hip extensors, abductors and external rotators. And, little known fact that week glute muscles (glutes are considered part of the core) can also be a big contributor.

Other things that can cause IT band syndrome are alignment and bike fit. Even with good saddle height and position, problems can arise from misalignment of your feet and ankles. People who tend to be bowlegged are often more at risk. However, a more common issue is the person who tends to be a pronator, or flat footed.

In cycling there is a nearly constant downward force on the pedals. Although there isn’t the impact associated with running, there is still a tremendous amount of room for joint movement in the ankle, hind foot and mid foot.

As downward force is exerted on the pedal, the foot pronates, resulting in associated internal rotation and abduction of the hip and knee. This creates increased tension on the ITB and a higher degree of friction.

If foot and/or ankle misalignment is an issue, the problem can often be addressed with a good set of shoe inserts. In severe cases, custom orthotics may be necessary. It is also important to ensure proper cleat placement so the knee tracks properly over the foot and pedal.

Treatment of IT band syndrome includes stretching, massage and frequent icing. Although flexibility of the ITB complex isn’t typically an issue, stretching can be beneficial (especially during the healing process). Massage promotes blood flow to the affected area and can minimize scar tissue formation. This can be done by a professional or self massage or using a foam roll or massage stick. Sometimes, however stretching and rest is not enough and active release techniques (A.R.T.) is required.

The good news is that, often, you don’t have to stop riding completely. Exercise can promote blood flow and be beneficial to the healing process. However, you probably should curb the intensity and duration until the inflammation goes away. If the stress on the affected tissues can be reduced and the pain subsides, begin to increase your riding time and intensity.

If your symptoms don’t improve, get more help from docs. Lateral meniscus tears, articular cartilage lesions or arthritic changes can mimic ITB problems. However, it is always best to catch and address the problem early. Better yet, get on a program to reduce your risk and address any factors you know may contribute to the problem.

For example, if you know you are a pronator, get inserts in your shoes now—not when the pain starts. The best prevention is by ensuring proper alignment and fit as well as being consistent with a yoga program and ensuring core strength is solid.

Stay TUNEd for an IT Band “GO TO POSE” post in the coming days