We've all been there.
You've been working a climb, pop off the wall, and then you begin the long wait for your forearms to un-pump themselves. During this time, your body naturally resorts to resting in the infamous "climber's hunch".
You know the hunch - the shoulders are rounded forward, the spine is curled, and the core is completely inactive. Your body is trying to save energy for the climb so it wants to find the easiest and less energy intensive position possible. It might feel good in the moment, but spending too much time in this position will make your body want to keep going there, ultimately resulting in pretty poor posture.
Okay, but don't be sad! There is a fix!
I created a quick and healing 15-minute yoga flow for climbers with tight shoulders. If you made it this far into this post, that's probably you. Don't worry, it's me, too!
This flow is perfect to do before or after your climbing sessions. I would recommend before if you have just come from work or a full day being hunched over at your computer because it's important to open up the heart and balance yourself before hopping on the wall. I would recommend afterwards if you noticed that you're extra hunchy after climbing and need a dynamic cool down. It's all about listening to your body and what it needs!
Alternatively, you can also sneak this in on rest days. For results, I recommend including this flow at least 2-3x a week.
Have another climbing yoga flow request? Let me know in the comments!