Master breath control
Yoga teaches you the art of controlled breathing. Usually when we are under stress and physical exertion we forget to breathe correctly. We take shallow, short breaths that don’t provide enough oxygen. This in turn makes it harder for us to relax and continue climbing. It is very useful to learn how to keep breathing deeply and calmly even while under physical stress. This will keep you relaxed and focused on your climbs
Build strength and coordination
Yoga poses can be very demanding on the body. One leg poses build balance and ankle strength, which helps footwork for climbing. Warrior poses involve deep lunges that will provide you with power on high-stepping routes. Plank positions work your core muscles, helping you keep your balance and stability on the wall. Yoga can also include handstand positions that will help your arm and back strength.
Some climbing routes demand very difficult body positions. Being able to do high steps or the splits can make the difference between an easy ascent and a struggle up the wall. Thankfully, yoga is one of the best ways to improve flexibility. The variety of poses and positions ensures that your whole body will be more limber and flexible than ever.
The first time I practiced yoga regularly I couldn’t believe how much more flexible I became! Difficult leg positions on the wall went from being painful to fun and relaxing. I saw a huge improvement in my climbing, and recommend that you work on your flexibility too if it is holding you back.
Speed recovery and prevent injury
Climbing puts an unnatural amount of strain on your back, shoulders, and arms. This makes injuries almost inevitable if you’re not careful. Yoga helps to strengthen your whole body, especially the muscles that climbers tend to neglect. This is important, because an imbalance in muscle strength can lead to injury.