Several special events coming soon are…
2 weeks of Yoga on the Beach in Portugal
If you are planning to be in Lisbon this August, come and join us for a yoga session on Praia Das Macas Beach near Sintra!!
2. Yoga and Climbing Day Out in Fontainebleau 13th September
Spend a day out in the magnificent Fontainebleau Forest learning the art of climbing and bouldering (or improving your skills) and practicing yoga in the nature.
Affordable Yoga teams up with Rebekka Bieri (one of our loyal group members and a climbing pro) to offer the group a chance to experience the magic mental and physical effects of combining yoga and climbing and escape Paris for a fun, active and relaxing day out in the nature.
ALL LEVELS ARE WELCOME INCLUDING COMPLETE BEGINNERS IN CLIMBING AND YOGA
Climbing and yoga are ‘perfect partners’ as both disciplines greatly complement each other physically as well as mentally and each activity can benefit from the other.
There are many similarities between the two activities and I have always wanted to learn bouldering (and then eventually climbing) ever since I tried it a few years ago. So when Rebekka approached me and offered to host a climbing workshop in combination with my yoga classes, I immediately agreed!
*Fontainebleau is a world famous bouldering spot (low height type of climbing activity without using the ropes). So that’s what we will be starting with for this event.
The day will consist of 2 yoga classes – routines specifically designed for climbing. 1 hour in the morning, to help us prepare for the climbing activity and 1 hour in the evening, to help soothe and stretch the muscles and calm the mind after an active and challenging day.
After the morning yoga class I will hand you over to Rebekka and her partner for a workshop, where you will learn the specific techniques to learn or progress in the art of bouldering.
We will then break for a picnic lunch (please bring some healthy and filling supplies for your own or to share with the group)
After a nice relaxing break we will continue our climbing activities under the watchful eye of our climbing experts until the early evening.
We will finish the day with a soothing and calming yoga practice.
Those who wish to stay and enjoy the forest after that are very welcome..
MORE ABOUT CLIMBING FOR BEGINNERS – (SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM REBEKKA)
When talking to people about starting to climb I often notice a general concern about their (arm) strength. There seems to be the understanding that in order to start climbing one has to already be strong. There are many other factors such as technique, endurance, mental strength, flexibility, and balance that are equally, if not more, important than (arm) strength. It is important to train all of those factors for climbing. Too often a muscular person who starts to climb ignores these aspects by simply pulling up a route while having almost no technique.This may work for the beginner routes, but it won’t improve their climbing skills and they will one day find themselves needing to improve their technique. On the other hand, a person who focuses more on their technique will benefit more in the long run. Of course, some strength will become necessary later, but climbing is the best way to train the right muscles, rather than weight lifting in the gym.
In short: Don’t be afraid of climbing if you are not strong! It does not limit your beginner ability and will help you to focus on other aspects of climbing. Your muscles will naturally develop at the right places when climbing regularly. Do Yoga/Meditation to improve your mental strength, flexibility, and balance and go running to improve your endurance if you want to improve your climbing skills.
1. Regular train service from Paris Gare de Lyon to Fontainbleau – Avon takes 38 minutes and departs every 30mins from Paris. Closer to the date, I would suggest a train time and we could all meet at Gare de Lyon, or Gare Fontainebleau at a certain time, and then make our way to the forest together.
2. Depending on the numbers and preferences, we can organise a special mini-bus to pick the group up from a central Paris Location and drive to Fontainebleau together.
3. For those who have their own transport, perhaps you would be interested in offering car share for the others. I am happy to coordinate that as per need.
We will stay in the forest all day and so please bring a picnic lunch as well as snacks to keep your energy levels up throughout the day.
We will need to hire some safety equipment and special climbing shoes for the day. There are a few shops in Paris that we can rent it from and Rebekka will offer a couple of dates where she will accompany the group to a shop to help you chose the right equipment for you.
Alternatively, if you prefer, it may be possible for us to arrange your equipment rental and bring it to Fontainebleau for you (providing there is enough interest in this service) we will be happy to do this for a service charge.
Please bring your own yoga mats if possible. If you don’t have a mat, please let me now and I will be happy to arrange for you to rent a mat for a day of buy your own.
HOW TO BOOK:
To book please RSVP to this event and let me know the
You can pay in cash, cheque, by bank transfer or online via the following link:
When you book, please let me know your preferred travel option and equipment hire preference.
BENEFITS OF COMBINING YOGA AND CLIMBING:
Flexibility, balance, control on muscle tension and core strength are the very basics of yoga and climbing. Yoga practitioners and climbers believe that several of the yoga postures are similar to the postures in rock climbing.
Yoga is an ancient form of exercise, developed by the sages in India, to prepare the body for higher meditation, but it is also a form of exercise that stretches and strengthens the muscles of the body and builds focus and concentration, which are all essential skills for climbing.
Climbing requires a lot of strength, muscle coordination and concentration. In fact, like yoga, climbing encourages a balance between the soul, body and mind.
Yoga and Climbing similarities:
1. Yoga and rock climbing are meditative, in the sense that both need immense concentration and both prepare the body for higher physical and mental performance.
2. Both these forms of exercise need a calm state of mind, focus, presence of mind and the ability to challenge your own physical limits.
3. Yoga and rock climbing require muscle strength, endurance and balance. And the more you practice these exercise forms, the better you’ll become at them.
4. Yoga asanas increase body awareness. This not only increases your focus and concentration, but also makes you more attuned to every movement of the body. Climbing too increases a person’s presence of mind, concentration and body awareness. While climbing a mountain, the climber has to be conscious about every movement and about the correct footholds.
5. Yoga also incorporates breath control. Pranayama teaches people to inhale and exhale in several ways to absorb more oxygen into the body and flush out toxins. A climber too has to master breath control as breathing too quickly or breathing too slowly can result in a break in concentration and muscle tension. While climbing, all the muscles of the body need to get oxygenated, so mastering breath control is very important for the climber.
6. Mental strength is very important in both yoga and climbing. A calm and focused body is essential while pursuing either of these exercises.
WE HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US THIS TIME! – but if not, we are planning to do a similar event in September.. 🙂