Life is hectic and we often have many roles and many jobs within a day, a week, a month or a year. In all that busyness we need to make time to stop and see the special moments that are present, that exist right in front of us. 

Supporting you and your family to SMILE when you ride.

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Riding a Bike Should Connect Us 

Being present, being aware, seeing moments, engaging our senses, helps shape and strengthen our experiences.  So when on the bike it helps shape and strengthen our riding experiences.

One of the reasons I ride is because I get to see and create those moments. A commute, a bike trip to the library or sports training or a trail in the hills can be filled with moments.  Riding allows me to travel at a pace that enables me to feel, see, smell, taste and hear my surroundings and allows me to become immersed in the environment. I feel the hot sun or a cool breeze on my neck. I see the changing light the morning brings and the different shades of green of the bush. I smell the eucalyptus on a hot day and the freshly cut grass. I taste the refreshing air. I hear the river flowing, I am aware of peace and the laughter of a riding friend.

 

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Engage Your Senses

Chi Riding is all about being aware by engaging our senses. Being aware of our body and our environment. We started off the Chi Riding series Tip 1 with learning to be aware of our riding position. Then Tip 2 was an extension of this – being aware of our core control.  If we gain awareness of our bodies, if we are relaxed and working efficiently, then that relaxation and ease will allow us to open our minds.  With our minds open we can then see and recognise the moments, recognise our environment. While we ride, rather than just ‘doing’ the ride, we can ‘be’ in the ride.

Examples of some of my moments #chiriding

  • Had a lovely smile from a complete stranger as we passed on our bikes this morning #chiriding
  • The sense of pride and achievement in my 7 year old girl when she rode all the way to Poppy’s #chiriding
  • The connection and enjoyable conversation with another riding mum when we meet riding the Nelson to Richmond cycleway #chiriding

Why is it important? 

Could you spot something you haven’t noticed on a regular ride or trail, or note how it looks different at different times of the day?  Could you ride something new and take notice, be present, be in the now, awaken and engage all your senses?

On a bike we have so much more opportunity for these kinds of experiences.  When you are relaxed and confident, thoughts and feelings will come to you and make you smile.  This is the very reason why so many people love to ride their bike.

 

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