As part of our yoga series, we present you yoga exercises at regular intervals, which are geared towards the needs of climbers. The exercises are presented by Bächli Bergsport and Petra Zink.
Today's issue is dedicated to the neck. In times of home office, this exercise is more relevant than ever, because long working on the laptop / computer with often poor posture often results in neck pain. Even in normal climbing, the neck is often heavily loaded when climbing, especially when looking up / head up while belaying.
How the Neck Stretch Exercise Works
This exercise stretches the Scaleni muscles, three staggered neck muscles that are often considered to be the cause of tension.
Remain in positions 1 and 2 for five to seven breaths. Then change sides. The seat with crossed legs serves as the starting and ending position.
Important: Caution should be exercised in the case of acute herniated discs and complaints in the cervical spine.
Starting position: Cross-legged seat
End position: Cross-legged seat
In the book “Yoga for climbers and mountaineers” introduces the yoga teacher, sports scientist and enthusiastic alpinist Petra Zink 54 selected yoga exercises that are dedicated to the stressed parts of the body of mountain athletes: wrists, shoulders, back, hips.
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About Petra Zink
Petra Zink is a yoga teacher and sports scientist. She was a competitive athlete herself and has trained young athletes to Olympic champions. She is currently developing exercise and health concepts for tourism and business with a focus on yoga, health and mindfulness.
She lives out her great passion for the mountains with her husband in her adopted home of Carinthia and on trips through Europe and North America. The combination of yoga and mountain sports has increasingly developed into an attitude to life, she passes on her enthusiasm and knowledge in numerous workshops and yoga retreats (www.petrazink.com).
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Pictures: Stefan Köchel