Yoga for Climbers
Specific Yoga Classes for climbers, based in Harrogate, Yorkshire. Featuring a series of postures developed to meet the physical demands of climbing, bouldering, scrambling and more.
These sessions can be used to target problem areas, build muscle where required, develop breathing techniques to improve performance and focus, and assist injury prevention and recovery.
Sessions can be arranged for individuals or groups and can take place online in the comfort of your home, at Jojoba Yoga or out and about wherever you need a bit of a stretch before and/or after your climb/hike/bike/run!
Yoga for Climbers
The key to mindfully tackling tough pitches? Strengthen your finger grip, increase your chest-and-shoulder flexibility, and improve your agility. Here, the yoga for climbers to boost performance and prevent injury.
My physical therapist, a triathlete, recently told me that climbing puts more intense stress on my body than any other sport does. “Your lats are overdeveloped, your shoulders pull forward, your neck is strained, your hamstrings are tight,” she told me. “Just stop climbing.
Of course, I won’t stop climbing. So what to do? Start stretching consistently, say climbers Olivia Hsu, a yoga instructor, and Heidi Wirtz, a long-time yoga practitioner. And the smartest way to stretch? Yoga.
“Yoga balances out climbing,” Hsu explains. She trains hard and climbs 5.13+, but in yoga she favors gentler poses that open her chest and stretch hamstrings, legs, and hips. “I can do the power postures,” she says, “but that doesn’t translate to injury prevention for climbing.”
Wirtz also find many benefits. “Yoga promotes balance, increases core strength, calms your mind, and teaches you how to be in your body,” she says. Wirtz initially practiced yoga to manage painful sciatica, but now incorporates it into her daily fitness routine.
Beginning your yoga practice
Start by expanding your full back with a deep breath and lengthening the sides of your body.
Always begin with and return to Mountain pose.
Hold each pose for 30 to 60 seconds.
Do asymmetrical poses on each side.
Don’t strive for maximum extension, especially if you are new to yoga.
Focus on standing up tall, without sticking your buttocks or chest out.
- Poses: Mountain / Eagle / Warrior I / Down Dog / Seated Twist / Bridge
JOANNA COWPER MA, MGHT, IYN
Jojoba Yoga is a Private Yoga practice run by Joanna Cowper MA, MGHT, IYN. Jo is a qualified teacher in Hatha Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Kids Yogabugs, SOAR Yoga Therapy and Sport Yoga. She has been practising Yoga for over 20 years and has been teaching since 2010.
With a background working in sport, including working on the London 2012 Olympics, Jo now specialises in Sport Yoga adapting yoga classes to suit specific sporting requirements, strengthening, stretching and relaxing the body to assist injury prevention and recovery, ideal for sporting enthusiasts and athletes.
“Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.”
“To touch the sky, you just have to get that little bit closer.”