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Exploring the roots of a yoga pose or the base of a climb and visualizing the technique to move forward with either one requires not just muscular strength and flexibility, but also the focus of breath and mind. Beginning with simple pranayama, yogic-breathing, exercises, to help build focus, we will then build on this platform and explore “roots and rebounds,” asanas to help create more hip flexibility and strength, and talk about injury prevention. Adrea Read, special guest teacher, will also lead us in a targeted pilates sequence designed to develop core strength and stability for climbers.
ROOTS AND REBOUNDS: FOUNDATIONS
Build solid poses from the ground up and learn to move from your center. Understand how to root down and rise up to revolutionize your yoga practice and climbing technique. Laying a well intentioned foundation is the seed of the posture, and rewards the body with the ability to make space. Space awakens the muscles to better support the body and helps to guide movement of the limbs.
PRANAYAMA: A DEEPER LOOK WITHIN
The practice of slow disciplined breathing can help you to stay calm on the rock and send your project. This takes practice and conscious effort. Get out of your head and transport up the rock.
HIP FLEXION AND CORE: STRENGTHENING AND STRETCHING
Difficult and challenging routes make flexibility crucial. Being flexible will help you with side stems, high steps, and hip turnout. Core strength is key to good climbing and essential on steep to overhang routes. When you move from a strong core your center of gravity shifts and so does your experience.
A strong core and good flexibility can help to prevent injury and build confidence on the rock. Accomplish those reach-y moves without pulling a muscle, keep hips closer to the rock, learn to hug in to the midline for stability.
Special featured pilates instructor: Adrea reed
Pilates improves muscle tone, body balance, spinal support, low back health, sports performance, and body-mind awareness. Pilates is a safe yet highly effective way to strengthen, stretch, and streamline your body and improve performance in your daily life.
Rebecca Fink, E-RYT500, has been teaching yoga to climbers since 2013 at Sender One Climbing, CA. She has enjoyed guiding and watching her yoga students grow in their asana practice, and always loves hearing their feedback about how yoga has improved their climbing skills. The enjoyment of fitness, the great outdoors, and the exploration of the union of breath and movement has inspired her to embark on a new journey of self discovery—through climbing. Now it all makes sense. Since beginning both a personal gym climbing practice and an exploration of natural rock climbing outdoors, she has first-hand discovered the innate connection between yoga and climbing. Many of the techniques used in yoga, such as personal body awareness and discipline of breath, are crucial in advancing climbing skills and avoiding injury. The mind and body connection can be accomplished on the wall, rock and mat, and in life. And, Rebecca is thrilled to be able to guide you on this path.
As a former dancer and cheerleader, Adrea has long known the value of movement for maintaining the body’s health and the mind’s well-being. A longtime practitioner of yoga and pilates, Adrea has been teaching yoga since Spring 2016 and Pilates since Fall 2017. Adrea is a graduate of the 200-hour Deeper Than Asana program, where she studied under Rebecca Fink and Erika Burkhalter. Her additional yoga certifications include: Yin Yoga with Melissa Christensen, Trauma Informed Yoga with Zabie Yamasaki, Kids & Family Yoga with Rainbow Yoga, and Yoga Anatomy with Tiffany Cruikshank of Yoga Medicine. Adrea was certified in Mat Pilates by Lisa Schlaeger of YogaWorks/StudioEight in the Spring of 2018 and will be certified by her in Reformer in 2019.