Climber Yoga: 20-Minute Flexibility Routines for Climbers
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Climber Yoga: 20-Minute Flexibility Routines for Climbers

Learn the same yoga-based flexibility and stretching routines that climbers use to glide up walls like nimble spiders.
4.9 (134 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
781 students enrolled
Created by Elan Solveson
Last updated 9/2018
English [Auto]
Current price: $34.99 Original price: $49.99 Discount: 30% off
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This course includes
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 2 articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Warm up and cool down before and after a climb
  • Stretch specific body areas to improve your climbing flexibility
  • Relieve climbing soreness
  • Do high stepping and reaches with greater ease and effectiveness
  • Improve mental serenity on the wall
  • Yoga mat
  • Comfortable workout clothes

Boost your flexibility for climbing with these 20 minute yoga classes designed for climbers by a climber.

Don't just listen to me, listen to what some of our students say:

"Great sequence for both climbing and general fitness. As a climber, I very much appreciate Elan's 20-minute sequences targeting different body areas. I use the lecture usually on it own as a cool down after a long day of work to keep my body ready for the climb on the weekend. It's been very effective, and I have had a significant improvement on the flexibility of my hips. I also like the way she presents the posture, very easy to follow for beginners." - Cindy G.

"Perfect! I really enjoyed these lessons. After few weeks of practicing I am feeling better during my climb [...] Thanks a lot. I highly recommend this course." - Thomas L.

"Enjoyed the course material. [...] The material is presented clearly and relevant for climbers. I especially like the individual sessions that focus on certain areas. It allows me to mix and match the sessions for whatever body part needs the attention." - Linda W.

"Effective lessons that fit perfect into my day [...] I love having all sessions broken up with each 20 mins having a purpose. When I have time I can do many, or just one when my days run long. Elan keeps it functional, effective and I can take my class anywhere."- Jeff M.

I discovered these wonderful videos and was very glad to purchase the full set of lessons on Udemy. I think these classes are absolutely fantastic. 20 minutes is perfect for me and Elan's instruction is absolutely perfect in each video. She focuses on just the right things and has many good tips for the poses, breathing and relaxing. I've tried and have many different videos as well as yoga apps and this nine-part series is by the best of any of them.” - Adrian C.

Course Details:

This course contains a series of 9 step-by-step streaming video lessons that will teach you to improve flexibility. You can learn these yoga postures and stretching routines in only 20 minutes per lesson.

These lessons will specifically teach you how to improve your arms, back, core, hips, shoulders, and side body flexibility for climbing while implementing yoga breath.

Since a balance of repetition and new skill adoption is ideal for yoga and stretching, during each session we focus on a key body area as well as integrating poses learned in earlier lessons.

Course Length:

The course can be completed in less than 3 weeks if you watch and practice a new lesson every other day. (If you watch and practice only once per week, it can take as little as 9 weeks.) 

Instructor Availability:

Having trouble with a specific pose and want advice on a modification? Have any other questions? No problem - questions will be answered on the class forum the same week when posted, and often sooner.

Instructor Expertise:

  • Climber-Focused Yoga Experience & Dual Passion: Elan has been teaching yoga for climbers since 2012 and is extremely passionate about both yoga and climbing.
  • Yoga Teaching Certification: Elan holds a 200-hour yoga teaching certificate issued by Bala Vinyassa Yoga based in Naples, Florida
  • Climbing Teaching Background: Elan has been teaching climbing since 2006 and is a Certified American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) Climbing Wall instructor. She has taught climbing to all ages, from 2.5 years old to 60 years old.

Course Level:

This course is geared towards healthy adult climbers.

Yoga and stretching beginners are welcome and so are those who have some basic yoga and stretching experience. If you find any poses too challenging, feel free to skip them or ask the instructor for an easier modification. If you have a current injury or have health issues that can be worsened by yoga and stretching, don't take this course. 

What Others Say About the Instructor's Studio Classes:

Elan was truly the star yoga teacher in our yoga program at MetroRock Climbing Center. It's hard to describe the remarkable enthusiasm students had for her classes. She brings a warmth and playfulness, together with a masterful teaching style, that really set her apart from most yoga teachers I've known. I can't recommend her highly enough! You'll laugh, have fun, feel guided and encouraged into new possibilities, and in the process Elan's yoga will enhance not only your climbing but your sense of ease, flexibility, strength, and focus on and off the rock.

- Ken Miller, Phd - Registered Yoga Teacher, Yoga Coordinator & Associate Professor of Holistic Psychology

I had the pleasure of taking Elan's class at MetroRock climbing gym in Massachusetts. Her unique sequencing of poses and clear verbal cues made the class interesting and exciting. As a fellow yoga teacher, I always learned something new from Elan, and admired the passion that she has for teaching her students anything from the basics to a funky arm balance. She definitely encourages a fun, safe and challenging environment where students can build confidence and develop their practice further.

- Kayla Mazzara, Yoga Teacher

Elan has amazing energy and is very in tune with her students' interests and levels of comfort. She's very motivating and provides many levels of intensity in poses while maintaining a very smooth flow of movement.

- Matthias Bahlke, Yoga Student


There's a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee if you're not satisfied with the course for any reason.

Who this course is for:
  • This course is meant for healthy adult climbers. If you have a current injury this is not for you. No yoga or stretching experience is required (challenging poses can be skipped), but those who have a few weeks or months of yoga experience behind them could get the most out of the course.
Course content
Expand all 11 lectures 03:04:05
+ Introduction to "Rubber Band Body" Climber Yoga
1 lecture 18:53

Learning Objective – Build a Solid Foundation for Climbing via Proper Body Alignment, Breathing, & Focus

In this lesson, we’ll move through several variations of Sun Salutation A. These postures are a very effective way to stretch and strengthen the body in preparation for climbing.

Preview 18:53
+ Boost Your Core Body & Shoulder Flexibility with Yoga
2 lectures 39:09

Learning Objective – Improve Core Strength for Climbing Overhung Walls & Slab Climbing

Core strength is a vital component of strong, fluid climbing, especially on overhung walls. This practice will serve to fire up your core & build strength which will translate to solid, smooth technique on the wall.

Core Body Routine for Climbing Overhung Walls & Slab Climbing

Learning Objective – Increase Shoulder Flexibility, Prevent Shoulder Injuries, & Increase Range of Motion

In this lesson, we’ll focus on shoulders – an important area for climbers to stretch and lengthen. Shoulder injuries can be common in climbing, and in this video we’ll work to counteract all the strain put on this area.

Shoulder Flexibility Boosting Routine for Climbing
+ Back, Hips, and Arms Flexibility Routines
3 lectures 01:02:24

Learning Objective - Create a Strong, Flexible Back for Optimal Climbing

Twists are fantastic for the overall health of the spine. Back injuries can be common with climbers and these poses work to prevent these injuries and to promote a stronger, healthier back.

Back - Create a Strong Back for Climbing

Learning Objective - Increase Flexibility for High Stepping by Targeting the Hips

Open hips are crucial for high stepping and for general ease of movement on the wall. Practice this routine to open the hips and achieve a greater range of motion while climbing.

Hips - Increase Hip Flexibility for the Wall

Learning Objective – Boost Endurance & Strength on the Wall with Various Poses Targeting the Arms

Strong arms are vital to strong, fluid climbing. Use this routine to strengthen the arms and increase endurance.

Arms - Boost Arm Endurance & Strength for Climbing
+ Advanced Yoga for Back & Arms Flexibility
2 lectures 39:49

Learning Objective – Increase Strength, Balance, & Mental Serenity for Climbing via Arm Balances

To continue our arm work from Arms Part I, this weight-bearing exercise will further strengthen your arms and core. Arm balances require unwavering focus – a skill that is crucial for the mental aspect of climbing.

Arms 2 - Increase Arm Strength, Balance, & Mental Focus for Climbing

Learning Objective - Boost Core Strength, Decrease Soreness, Prevent Injuries & Increase Range of Motion via Backbends

A strong and healthy back is vital to successful climbing. In this second back session, you’ll learn how to strengthen the back, open up the front part of the body, and prevent injury.

Back 2 - Advanced Back Flexibility Routine
+ Conclusion: Side Body Stretching Routine
3 lectures 23:50

Learning Objective – Improve Reaches for High Holds & Increase Flexibility via Targeted Side Body Poses

In this practice we focus on an often neglected area – the side body. Use this sequence to focus on lateral movement and make reaching moves more accessible. This practice helps to build a full range of motion, which helps you climb more efficiently.

Side Body - Improve Your Arm Reaches for High Holds (Concluding Lecture)
Bonus Article: The Secret 80/20 Climbing Rule
Bonus Article: The 3 Golden Keys of Yoga for Climbing