It is not uncommon for climbers to reach a plateau in their progression. The learning curve for beginners is usually fast and steep and then for many, improvement starts to slow as they become hindered by their body’s limitations. If you have found yourself in this rut then something needs to change and yoga for climbers is a great place to start.
There are also lots of other things to try, from changing your climbing habits and the types of climbs you choose, to embarking on a strength regime and tweaking your diet. You may even need to change who you are climbing with! For some more practical pointers, check out our article on ways to improve your climbing. But one thing that will definitely help you to start pushing the grades is yoga.
Why is yoga so good for climbers?
The practise of yoga is a system of exercises for attaining bodily and mental control for good health and well-being and the rewards for climbers are endless. The list of physical benefits gained through practising yoga is almost identical to the attributes required for progressive climbing;
- muscular control
- good balance
- improved flexibility
- core stability
- good coordination
- controlled breathing
Not to mention the workout that the mind is put through. The meditative element to yoga helps maintain mental balance and improves control of your mental state. It requires focus and awareness. All excellent and essential qualities which enable you to keep a cool head and push the body to the top.
Regular yoga practice
If you are able to get into a regular routine of practising yoga then try this climbing specific yoga class.
The more time you can dedicate to it the better, but if you are struggling to do the whole thing then choose the bits that you feel will benefit you most. Bear in mind that these are likely to be the parts you find the hardest!
This Yoga for Climbersbook might also help you figure out an ‘at home’ regime that you can fit into every day life.
Climbing warm up
If you are pushed for time and can only manage a few minutes here and there, then have a go at this sequence. It’s a great combination of moves that has a bit of everything and is also an ideal pre-climb routine to get you warmed up and ready for action: