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)
Adho Mukha Svanasana, or Downward Facing Dog, is for sure one of the most recognised yoga poses that there is. It is great for climbers in many ways as it helps to build up upper body strength (arms, shoulders and lats), shoulder stability and flexibility, stretching your hamstrings, calves and spine. As the hips are … Continue reading Making the Most of your Downward Facing Dog
So a lot is going on this month! With the room at the Reach being refurbished and my climbing trips to Kalymnos and Fontainebleau I am afraid I had to cancel some classes this October (please see "Classes" page for details). As requested by some of my students I have put together a short but … Continue reading Whilst I’m Away………A Yoga Sequence for Climbers