On Yoga…

Posted: February 23, 2012 by Ben Weber in English, Training
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In a word: painful. At least for a thirty year old first-timer like myself. In spite of developing flexibility with the climbing and the general fitness training, this was tantamount to sheer torture. Getting the body into all strange, wonderful and bizarre positions – or at least trying to – and hearing the joints and muscle screaming at me to stop, imploring me to relax a little and not go as far as I was going, and breathing a sigh of relief when the teacher told us to change positions… and then going through it all again. One hour was quite enough, thank you very much.

But at the end of it all… it didn’t feel too bad.

In a vague round-about sort of way, I even felt quite good once it all came to an end.  After all, pushing the body and its muscles to and beyond previously known (to self, at least) limits without injuring oneself can’t be bad! Though we are a long way off from being anywhere near the levels of balance and physical limits of our teacher, we are at the beginning of a process – just as with slack lining and climbing itself. And just as with those aspects of our training, practice will make perfect, so we will be doing yoga classes every Monday and Wednesday from now on. If we can manage to extend our bodies a few millimeters or centimetres every lesson, then I will certainly be happy.

Why are we doing Yoga you ask, when we should be working on fitness and technical skills? Again, I am probably going to sound a bit like an advert for it, but we are doing it for a reason. When we are climbing through the Himalayas, or going over the ice cap of the North Pole and the massive continent of Antarctica, we are going to be pretty much on our own. At the Poles we are going to have thousands of kilometres to walk and the terrain will not be easy: it will all be extremely challenging to our bodies and our muscles. If we pull muscles there, we are just going to make the adventure even more difficult – if not impossible, depending on the extent of the injury. By practicing yoga, and developing the flexibility in our muscles; further developing our senses of equilibrium and the stresses that our bodies will be able to take, we will be able to increase our chances of success no-end.

See Natalia’s post (in Portuguese) to see how she fared with the Yoga!

  1. clarewener says:

    Reblogged this on The diary of a yogi and commented:
    More unlikely people doing yoga… love it!

    • Ben Weber says:

      Thanks Clare! Interesting blog you have as well – looking forward to reading more of the diary entries! If you have any tips for us as well in doing this, would be very keen on hearing them!

  2. e não tenham dúvidas do quanto vcs vão usar o yoga durante a viagem! para alongar antes e depois das escaladas, caminhadas, e “nadadas”, é um exercício que não requer nenhum outro instrumento além do seu corpo… fora a resistência que vcs vão adquirir e as técnicas de respiração para usar na hora das subidas (usei mto quando fiz rapel em Bonito). todo o meu apoio pra vcs!

    • Ben Weber says:

      Valeu, Juliana, pelo comentario e seu apoio!!
      Meu! é muito dificil – mas acredito que esse é pq estamos começando e que melhorarmos bastante com pratica! e bom saber que usou bastante as tecnicas que yoga te ensinou!

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