Yoga Poses that Make You a Better Rock Climber

Yoga Poses to Make You a Better Rock Climber

Yoga is a great way to improve flexibility, strength and endurance. It can also improve concentration and creativity as well as create a sense of well being and calm. In fact, practicing yoga can also help make you a better climber! Whether for you, your kids or the kids you teach, yoga is perfect cross-training for climbing. Here are three poses to help get your yoga practice started.


How to:

  • Place your hands and knees on the floor.
  • Your hands should align directly under your shoulders.
  • Exhale and round your back like a cat. As your chin goes to your chest, look back at your belly button.
  • Inhale and arch your back so your belly button is pushing towards the floor like a cow. Your chest is pointing forward and your “tail” bone and chin point up to the ceiling.
  • Repeat cat then cow.

    Boy doing cat pose in yoga to be a better rock climber

    Boy doing cow pose in yoga to be a better rock climber

    Climbing Benefits:

    • Increases spinal flexibility
    • Stretches forearms and fingers
    • Improves abdominal strength
    • Improves balance


    How to:

    • Sit on your bottom with your feet in front of you and bring the soles of your feet together, bending your knees.
    • Press your knees towards the floor with your elbows, if you can.
    • Lean slightly forward, holding onto your ankles.

    Girl doing butterfly yoga pose that will help her be a better rock climber

    Climbing Benefits:

    • Increases flexibility in hips, groin, feet, ankles and knees

    UP DOG

    How to:

    • Lie on stomach with hands on floor next to your chest with elbows bent.
    • Push up through hands, keeping elbows bent and close to your body.
    • Your hips and legs stay still on the floor.
    • Push your shoulders away from your ears, squeezing your shoulder blades together.
    • If this hurts your lower back, place your forearms on the floor. Keep pushing your shoulders away from your ears.

     boy performing up dog yoga pose

    Climbing Benefits:

    • Strengthens spine, arms and wrists

    These yoga poses, and many more, are part of our StartFIT® Activity Package for grades 3-5 and our StartFIT® Warm Up Package for grades 6-12. The packages include yoga instruction cards, equipment and teacher resource guides to help instructors bring more physical activity and fitness into children's lives. 

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