Have you heard of the psoas? This is a major hip flexor muscle located deep in the core, connecting your spine to your legs. Due to the nature of our sport, tight psoas is very common amongst climbers. Tightness in the psoas will greatly affect your posture, causing pain in the lower back and pelvis. … Continue reading A Noble Stretch
We are delighted to announce that from January 2019 in addition to our Wednesdays Yoga for Climbers at HarroWall, we will be offering a second class on Saturday mornings. These classes will run every week from 10.30am to 11.30am and will be led by our new teachers Alice Gioia and Anna Ferla. They have been … Continue reading New Class!
I often call Heron Pose (or Krounchasana) the ultimate hamstring stretcher, as it is a great, and deep, way to open the back of your legs. Heron can be quite tricky for people with tight hamstrings, but there are a number of variations we can work on still achieving the same benefits this pose has … Continue reading Heron Pose
Build up your upper body strength with this super short sequence
Hip flexibility comes with a number of advantages. It will not only enhance your climbing performance by improving your range of motion, but it also contributes to the health of your body. It promotes better posture and releases the load on the spine caused by tight hips, reducing the risk of lower back pain. There … Continue reading Frog it!
This is a posture I often use at the start of my classes and my students love it! It is relaxing. You are lying on the floor, grounding yourself, setting up for class..... But the great thing about it is that this is also a lovely chest opener, ideal to gently relieve upper back pain … Continue reading A chilled out way of working on your posture
I love Dolphin! It is great to strengthen our upper body, helping us to prepare for a number of inversions. Think headstands and forearm balances! As a climber, practicing Dolphin will offer some excellent benefits, such as strengthening antagonistic muscles on the shoulders and the triceps; opening the upper torso (chest, shoulders and armpits) and … Continue reading Dolphin
For my first asana blog of 2018 I chose not one but 2 poses: Utkatasana (Chair Pose) and Garudasana (Eagle pose). I love sequencing them together, so I thought it would make sense having them both here. These poses are great for strengthening the legs and hip flexors, stretching the shoulders and working on concentration … Continue reading Tie yourself in knots with Garudasana – From Chair to Eagle Pose, a strong leg workout
From one of my least it became one of my favourite standing poses! Back to the time I had my right ACL reconstructed this was a key pose to help me to get back to full recovery. Virabhadrasana II, or Warrior 2, is considered a beginner’s pose but don't be fooled, it's more complex than … Continue reading Build up resilience and open up your hips with Warrior II
Reclining Hand to Big Toe (Supta Padangusthasana)