I've been doing her "30 days of yoga" challenge. I can't believe how hard it is and how good it makes you feel. In fact, it's like home made soup; just one of those things you just know is doing you good.
I'm surprised more climbers don't rave about it, given how tight, sore and hunched climbing can make you.
I don't do yoga, but I do static trapeze. Much of the warming up and conditioning is yoga based, but the trapeze bit of it makes the whole thing much more fun! I do rave about it to other climbings, it's great training, but no one joins me in it!
its easy to cheat a lot of the body positions if you are new and do not have someone to correct your poses. I would recommend finding a good class, you will progress quicker. Not only does your new found flexibilty help you keep your center of gravity closer to the wall in climbing, the exposure to people from different walks of life may help you cure the case of biggotry you have going on.
Before I started climbing I did yoga semi-seriously for a couple of years and swore never to give it up. It is fantastic. Then I started climbing and I find it way more interesting. I don't really have the time nor inclination to do both.
In reply to Malcolm Tucker's Sweary Aunt:
yoga is great I started 20+years ago with a guy I met at the gymn he was a keen golfer and I a climber, we were discussing the worth of yoga a few weeks ago, he plays competitively and has been made the captain of his club
and I can still manage E4 at times we are both in our late sixties and the people we used to go out with are fading away
whilst we still still keep going!
I've done various yoga classes over the years, had one or two fabulous teachers and some not so good. Mostly I just practice at home now. No other form of exercise makes me feel 2 inches taller at the end of a session!
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