Yoga Classes for Agility Bradenton FL

Despite climbing's reputation as an extreme, reckless sport, where ripped athletes cavalierly risk their lives and ruin their fingernails, the movements that climbing entails are surprisingly graceful. Best described as a form of vertical yoga, climbing moves combine elements of the playground, mountaineering, and Twister.

Feel Better Now Kripalu Yoga and Meditation
(941) 952-0960
2916 Marshall Drive
Sarasota, FL
Yoga Styles
Kripalu Yoga and Meditation

Balance Pilates And Yoga Center
(941) 794-5060
7451 Manatee Ave W
Bradenton, FL
 
Garden Of Heart Yoga
(941) 341-9781
1509 Edgar Pl
Sarasota, FL
 
Florida Institute of Complementary and Alternative Medicine
(561) 272-3733
12 Northeast 5th Avenue
Delray Beach, FL
Services
Other, Yoga, Wellness Training, Stress Management, Spiritual Attunement, Reiki, Psychosomatic Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Music Therapy, Meditation, Guided Imagery, Dreamwork Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, Coaching, Breathwork, Art Therapy
Membership Organizations
American Holistic Medical Association

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Integrated Yoga
(305) 365-5483
180 Crandon Blvd. #113
Key Biscayne, FL
Yoga Styles
Purna Yoga

Three In One Yoga
(941) 518-4448
3816 Manatee Ave W
Bradenton, FL
 
Rosemary Court Yoga & Massage
(941) 952-5280
810 Central Ave
Sarasota, FL
 
Yoga From Heart
(941) 929-9878
2010 Pine Ter Ste B
Sarasota, FL
 
Yoga Ormond Beach
(386) 235-0143
Oceanfront Yoga
Daytona Beach , FL
Yoga Styles
Hatha & Vinyasa

White Orchid Yoga
(727) 474-3771
304 Monroe Street
Dunedin, FL
Yoga Styles
Ashtanga

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Yoga for Agility

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By Lizzy Scully

The beauty of a consistent yoga practice rests in the sense of “aliveness” it creates in your body—tingling with energy from the crown of your head to balls of your feet, you feel, quite literally, ready for anything. Yoga lets you transcend what you think your body can do and lets you move from a deeper source, one beyond thought and even judgment. Once you feel that kind of trust in your body, even a sport as intimidating as climbing becomes within reach.

Despite climbing’s reputation as an extreme, reckless sport, where ripped athletes cavalierly risk their lives and ruin their fingernails, the movements that climbing entails are surprisingly graceful. Best described as a form of vertical yoga, climbing moves combine elements of the playground, mountaineering, and Twister.

Just like in yoga, rock climbers regularly try to find their balance while contorting their bodies into unfamiliar configurations. “There’s a direct correlation between the postures of yoga and the movements of climbing,” says yoga instructor and Rock & Ice editor, Jeff Jackson. Both, he says, require the ability to hold still while stretching the full length of one’s body. “When you’re deciding how to move on a route, that pause requires you to be static, and that’s when the benefits of yoga are really paramount.” Jackson’s yoga practice improved his climbing “tenfold” because of the strength and flexibility he gained, but also, he adds, because the yoga breathing techniques he learned gave him the mental fortitude to deal with stress.

Most climbers, especially beginners, muscle their way up rock and plastic walls (currently there are more than 650 indoor climbing gyms in the US). But a better strategy involves breathing your way up a wall, which can help you get through the mental and physical impasses all too common on a route. Again yogis have the advantage of not only knowing how to breathe, but also how to use the breath to move from fear to relaxation, from stiffness to ease of movement. “When that ‘stalling on the rock’ thing happens, and [climbers] are anxious, their breathing patterns change,” says California-based yoga teacher, Shiva Rea. “Breathing can bring them back to a relaxed state of mind.”

If fear still lurks in your heart, says Rea, consider the fact that climbing at a gym or with a professional guide outside can be safer than driving a car. “What you actually experience [on the rock] is often quite different from what you thought,” she says. Plus, she adds, with climbing you have the chance to “really open yourself to new embodied experiences.” Don’t think climbing is just for kids—out of the nine million climbers who tried indoor and outdoor climbing in 2005, more than a third were 25 or older. And you don’t have to be an instant expert. “It’s a progression,” Rea says. “Start with something easy and get the feel of it, then progress to more difficult climbs. There’s no pressure. It’s just your own journey, your own empowerment...

Author: Lizzy Scully

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