/ yoga for climbers
It's not easy though, my wife is into some extreme yoga that kills me,
If its good enough for Steve Haston ,,,,
I like the Rodney yee yoga DVDs, get the beginners ones and work up to the harder stuff,
Easily found on amazon ,
Lol hippies, but the yoga is good.
On the other hand, it's not going to do you harm (apart from taking up potentially valuable climbing-specific training that you could be doing).
It does help make you a lot more injury proof! I found that when I did do Yoga I could climb more consistently, and other things that cause trouble for me like knee pain on walk ins stopped being a barrier, meaning I could climb more often and hit a new plateu due to something else I'm doing wrong at the time. I did classes at the yoga place in Nottingham and found that style of Yoga really ideal, moved to Edinburgh and couldn't find something I liked so Pursued DVDs, lost motivation and just went climbing. Cue return of Knee pain etc!
Think they key thing is to have a go and if you don't like it try a different style of yoga before you ditch it.
I think for the vast majority of climbers flexibility is a limiting factor - its not like finger strength or other facets of climbing, its much more subtle - if you can get your hips an inch closer to the wall then you essentially go from climbing a 10 degree overhang to a 5 degree overhang, or if you can get your foot high without having to lean out then your putting less outwards force on a hold.
Yeah bouldering will definitely get you stronger, but you cant boulder every day - but you can do flexibility as much as you want. Even just doing a few stretches while your watching TV is good, but yoga is perfect cos you also work the muscles around your joints - its really important to have strength around those nice flexible joints or you can get injured from being too loose.
ive never met anyone who suffers a balance problem unless drunk
Climbing.com did an article on this, "Six Yoga Poses for Climbers": http://www.climbing.com/skill/question-of-balance/
You could always try twisting yourself in knots at home before joining a class, see how you get on with it.
Balance when walking, balance when climbing - two different things.
yoga is great. it may or may not help your climbing specifically, but there is so much more to gain than just that. the main one being the relaxation that is available if you accept it.
a few things i've learnt from a number of years of doing yoga
- join a class. it's extremely difficult to stay motivated on your own - not to mention the lack of advice on how to actually do the poses that you'll get from a good teacher
- check that it's a beginner's class or that there will be enough tuition for you
- make sure the instructor is qualified
- there are many different styles of yoga so if you don't like one try another
- one of the most important things is not to try too hard. if you're at all competitive you'll probably try to force yourself further into positions. this is counter productive on 2 levels - firstly makes you more likely to injure yourself, secondly trying harder makes you less relaxed and means you get less out of the poses. it's very hard to do but learning to relax into poses by using your breath results in far better positions and a better mind set
- don't expect overnight miracles. give it a while before you decide to change style or give up
- you may (or may not?) be cynical about some of the "hippyish" aspects of yoga. try not to be - the more you accept what goes on the more you'll get out of it
Personally I think yoga sets you up for longevity in life. Keeping the muscles long and mobilising the joints will keep you feeling younger and fitter in later life so you can continue to enjoy the things you enjoy in younger years. Just my two pennys worth but certainly find a place for it once a week (even thats nowhere near enough for where I want to be)
Remaining supple will result in far less injuries too!!
That is very helpful to me. Thank you
There was a thread about it a couple of weeks ago:
And I said this:
"Personally I quite like yoga. I think it's good for general conditioning and flexibility. Once you've learnt enough, it's easy to do 20 minutes every day and that's got to help. As long as it's something you do as well as climbing, then I'd say go for it."
When I first started climbing I was already into yoga and I think it's the main reason I was relatively injury free. It also helped with flexibility but also balance - I remember finding routes that needed balance and not strength easier. Body awareness always helps anyway.
I took a 2-year break from any exercise (incl yoga and climbing) and restarted recently - I seem to have more frequent injuries but no idea if yoga is the reason
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