All photos: Eleonora Raggi

Yoga and Climbing go together like rocks and mountains as they share a lot of prerequisites and beautifully complement each other.

Next to a certain amount of strength, you also need a lot of flexibility (in your mind as well as your body, but more on that later) which is one of the main effects of yoga.

What you don’t get in yoga, you get from climbing – and vice versa. In yoga you hold your poses for quite some time, even in a dynamic style like vinyasa flow you stay and breath in certain asanas, building up the deepest sheets of muscles and fascial tissue. This is a component that you’re missing in climbing, where you do hang out a lot, but are more working with peaks and bursts of energy and strength. Yet there is one movement missing from most yoga routines: pulling (up), of which climbing has more than plenty to offer.

And also the mental aspect of both disciplines is very similar, offering great synergies. Yoga is a great way to watch and study your mind, all its fluctuations and especially the fears and doubts arising when trying something new, like a new pose, or even something scary, like a handstand or other upside down asanas. And even though a handstand is or can be scary, chances of serious consequences are rather slim (as long as you’re not practicing right in front of a glass window or a on the edge of a cliff). Very much unlike climbing, where you definitely can get into trouble if you freak out in the middle of a wall or doubt your grip on the next rock. So building your focus and concentration on the yoga mat is a great aid for all previous climbing routes and at the same time, the focus and concentration from climbing can also help to deepen your yoga and meditation practice.

Same goes for the breath, which is equally important in both activities. Yoga offers you a huge practice ground and various different experiences to study your breath and keep it calm even in challenging situations and an agitated physical state – again with very little change for negative consequences.

Hence when I first tried climbing with a solid yoga practice of +10 years and an even greater love for arm balance poses, it felt almost natural. Of course having experienced friends show me the lines and offering valuable tips and tricks for tricky corners helped tremendously. Whether yogi or climber, we all know how crucial balance is – in our lives as well as in body and muscles and mind. And to combine the joys and benefits of both, I’ll be teaching a course dedicated to „Yoga for Climbers“ in Munich & Innsbruck as well as a series of „Yoga & Climbing Camps“ Arco in the North of Italy.

Yoga Climbing Camp – Arco, Italy

September 1-3, 2017

//auf Deutsch//

The mountains around the picturesque town of Arco north of famous Lake Garda offer some of the most beautiful climbing and bouldering spots in Europe. And to enable you to make the most out of them, we’re joining the benefits of yoga with the joys of climbing in the Yogarda Yoga & Climbing Camp.

Accommodated in spacious Safari Tents in the charming Camping Zoo in Arco, yoga teacher Anna Kathalina will lead you through four sessions tailored to prepare you body and mind for two half days of guided climbing with the professional alpine guides of MMove Into Nature. Wether beginner or seasoned, you will be able to learn the ropes or hone your skills with the expertise of one of the oldest schools in the area, built up on longstanding tradition and years of experience. While all equipment (yoga & climbing) is included, you are welcome to bring and practice with your own. Our adventures on the mat and in the rocks will be fuelled by a healthy breakfast buffet with the option to back a lunch bag.

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Pack a Lunch Bag from our delicious Breakfast Buffet!

On Friday night, you’ll be welcomed with an arrival yoga session to stretch out your limbs from your journey to Arco and set the vibe for the weekend. Afterwards we’ll treat you to some delicious traditional Italian pizza that you can enjoy next to a crackling bonfire.

Saturday will start off with a healthy and nutritious breakfast buffet just outside your tent before we’re picked up by the alpine school, who will guide us to the best spots for new and seasoned climbers. Learn the ropes or hone your skills with the expertise of professional mountain guides that operate in small groups with a maximum of 6 people.

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Dorm-Style Accommodation in Camping Zoo’s Safari Tent – Glamping Deluxe!

After half a day of action, you’ll get to stretch out in a relaxed yoga class, aimed to cool you down and unwind your muscles. You can then either enjoy some free time, explore the area or join us for a “Pasta Night Out” in one of the local restaurants (self-paid).

Before we put our skills to practice on one of the many “Klettersteigs” of the area on the Sunday, you’ll be warmed up and stretched out by a final climbing-specific yoga session. We’ll be back at the camp in the afternoon, where you’re welcome to hang out some more or get ready for your way back home.

Find more info on our Facebook page or book your spot right away!

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Yogarda Yoga & Climbing – Wide Leg Forward Fold – Upavistha Konasana – photo: Eleonora Raggi

In den majestätischen Felswänden nördlich des Gardasees versteckt sich nicht nur der malerische Ort Arco, sondern auch ein paar der schönsten Kletterrouten und Boulder-Spots in ganz Europa. Um diese idealen Vorraussetzungen voll und ganz auskosten zu können, kombinieren wir die Freuden und Vorteile von Yoga und Klettern in einem zweitägigen Garda Yoga & Kletter Wochenend-Camp.

Als Unterkunft dienen die geräumigen Safari-Zelte des familiengeführten Campingplatzes Camping Zoo, die glamourösen Luxus mit dem Freiheitsgefühl des Campens vereinen. Dazu gibt es speziell aufs Klettern abgestimmte Yogastunden, die körperlich und mental auf zwei Halbtages-Sessions mit den Alpin-Experten von MMove Into Nature vorbereiten. Je nachdem, ob du gerade anfängst oder schon fortgeschrittener bist, lernst du unter der professionellen Anleitung einer der ältesten Schulen dieser Gegend die ersten Grundlagen im Umgang mit dem Fels, oder verfeinerst mit Hilfe ihrer langjährigen Expertise deine Technik. Die entsprechende Ausrüstung dafür wird zur Verfügung gestellt. Die nötige Energie für deine Abenteuer im Fels und auf der Matte holst du dir bei unserem reichhaltigen Frühstücks-Buffet, von dem du dir gerne auch ein Lunch-Paket richten darfst.

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Am Freitag Abend begrüßt dich Yogalehrerin Anna Kathalina mit einer ersten Stunde zum Ankommen, in der du dich von deiner Anreise erholen und auf das Wochenende einstimmen kannst. Im Anschluss wartet leckere, italienische Pizza, die wir im sanften Schein eines knisternden Lagerfeuers genießen.

Der Samstag beginnt mit einem gesunden Frühstücksbuffet auf dem Campingplatz, bevor uns die Bergführer die besten Spots zum Klettern und Bouldern zeigen. Hier lernst du die ersten Griffe, oder entwickelst deine Fähigkeiten in kleinen Gruppen von maximal sechs Personen weiter.

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Nach einem halben Tag voller Action kannst du in einer ruhigen Yogastunde wieder runter kommen, entspannen und deine müden Muskeln strecken. Danach hast du entweder die Möglichkeit, dir ein ein bisschen Zeit für dich zu nehmen und auf eigene Faust den Ort zu erkunden, oder dich unserer “Pasta Night Out” anzuschließen, in der wir eines der örtlichen Lokale unsicher machen (auf eigene Kosten).

Bevor du dein neues oder vertieftes Wissen am Sonntag auf einem der vielen Klettersteige in die Tat umsetzt, wirst du in einer letzten, kletter-spezifischen Yogaeinheit nochmal schön aufgewärmt und durchgestreckt. Wenn wir im Lauf des Nachmittags zurück zum Camp kommen, kannst du dich entweder direkt auf dem Heimweg machen, oder noch ein bisschen Dolce Vita genießen, um das Wochenende ausklingen zu lassen.

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