Yoga increases flexibility and mobility to reach tricky holds, improves balance and body awareness especially important for dynamic transitions, and trains your mind and body to keep calm and steady while crushing a sketchy route.
Yoga is being offered more and more at climbing gyms and generally in the climbing community. That’s not because all the yogis have suddenly jumped on the climbing bandwagon, but because yoga can actually improve our climbing technique and performance!
In addition to strengthening the muscles we need for climbing, yoga increases flexibility and mobility to reach tricky holds, improves balance and body awareness especially important for dynamic transitions, and trains your mind and body to keep calm and steady while crushing a sketchy route. All of this decreases the risk of injury and helps us advance to more challenging routes!
Here's some of my favorite yoga poses targeted for climbers with some very basic description. Feel free to reach out with any questions and enjoy!
Yoga for Strength
Yoga for Flexibility
Yoga for Mobility
Yoga for Balance and Dynamic Movements
Yoga for a Calm Mind and Body
20 mindful breaths
Body scans (great technique for throughout the day)
Maintain a natural breath in and out through the nose even during stressful or hard efforts
Keep an eye out for my more detailed post on breathwork coming soon!
Feel free to reach out with any questions or to let me know if you found this post helpful! I first stumbled upon yoga via climbing. At first it was just a nice pre-climb stretch, but over time it has elevated my climbing performance as well. Now I teach yoga specifically targeted for climbers. My classes are suitable for all levels of climber and yogi. I offer lots of modifications and options so you can take what is best for you out of the practice.
Check out the “Yoga” section to sign up for a flow with me or to purchase a pre recorded class. Also keep an eye out for “Climbing and Yoga” retreats coming up!