Ardha bhekasana Sandra Berlin

Ardha Bhekasana

If there was a pose in yoga that I am not a great fan of, it would be Bhekasana (the Frog)! As someone who has suffered from a torn ACL in the past, the unnatural rotation of the knees when bringing the heels towards the floor by your hips always made me cringe a little. … Continue reading Ardha Bhekasana

Tree pose Alice Gioia

Tree Pose

Learning to balance on one foot is incredibly important for climbers. Pistol squats, tree pose variations, half-moon… all these Asanas have something to teach you about moving with control.  So the next time you’re on a slab, balancing on a tiny foothold, you’ll know what muscle groups you need to recruit to move forward.  STEP … Continue reading Tree Pose

New Class!

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!

A chilled out way of working on your posture

 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

Dolphin Sandra Berlin

Dolphin

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

Garudasana Sandra Berlin

Tie yourself in knots with Garudasana – From Chair to Eagle Pose, a strong leg workout

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

Warrior 2 Virabhadrasana II Sandra Berlin

Build up resilience and open up your hips with Warrior II

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

Downward Facing Dog Adho Mukha Svanasana

Making the Most of your Downward Facing Dog

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