Yoga is the perfect adjunct practice for rock climbing for many reasons. 

It helps to counterbalance the physical effects of climbing on the body. 

Serious climbers tend to have neck tension, tight hamstrings, and overdeveloped back and shoulder muscles.

With time and dedication, yoga can help alleviate these effects slowly and safely if done right.

Here are five ways yoga can help you up your climbing game to go even more vertical: 

1. Increase Flexibility 

It’s no secret that a regular yoga practice can help you become more flexible and can increase your range of motion significantly. 

But the flexibility you gain from this ancient practice goes far beyond the physical kind. 

When practiced in its entirety and true essence, yoga helps your mind and emotions stay flexible too. 

This is extremely important when climbing because you’ll be a lot more responsive and less reactive.

This can help you overcome challenging sequences and footwork. 

2. Increase Balance 

Poses like tree pose (Vrksasana), half-moon (Ardha Chandrasana), warrior III (Virabhadrasana III), and eagle pose (Garudasana) can all serve as training to help you play with balance. 

These poses also help to balance your focus so you employ one-pointed concentration in what you’re doing, in your body, and in the movements. 

This sustained focus is so important in yoga practice that it has its own dedicated pillar or limb of yoga called Dharana. 

3. Increase Strength 

Whether it’s arm, leg, or core strength you’re after yoga can help. 

Just do enough Chaturanga Dandasanas (four-limbed staff pose), plank poses, and boat poses (Navasana) and you’ll soon enough feel the burn in your belly. 

A few rounds of Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar) and warriors (Virabhadrasana) will help activate your arms so you can keep your body close to the climbing wall, and help to lengthen your legs for that much-needed ascension up the wall. 

Because active (yang) yoga poses help to generate heat in the body yoga also helps you train your body and mind to endure pain, challenge, and discomfort beyond previous setpoints. 

This yogic practice is called Tapas and it helps you burn away impurities both on and off the mat, on and off the wall so you can keep evolving and transforming all aspects of the Self. 

4. Deepen body awareness 

Dedicating yourself to a regular and consistent yoga practice also helps to deepen awareness of your own body. 

Yoga practice can lead to increased ‘proprioception’ or the awareness and perception of your own body movements and position in space. 

Every pose, every transition, every sequence begs your full attention and awareness. 

Awareness of your foot position, your hips, your arms, and your alignment. 

This is extremely helpful for climbers to determine if you can heel hook onto a nearby foothold, or is bridging needed to regain your balance on the rock? 

5. Cultivate Mindfulness

Yoga practice, especially yin yoga*, helps you to be comfortable in stillness, invoke the observer within, sharpen your focus, and notice what is. 

Mindfulness is generally defined as paying attention to what is, as it is, without having to judge or change it. 

In time, with enough practice, this can help you to approach difficulties and challenges from a more elevated perspective both on and off the mat… On and off the climbing wall. 

*A note on Yin yoga:

Yin yoga is a slow-moving style of yoga that is often referred to as the counter to the typical active and repetitive movements we see in yang style yoga such as vinyasa and ashtanga. 

In Yin Yoga, you hold the poses in stillness for typically anywhere from 1-5 minutes depending on the intensity of the pose. 

Yin yoga helps to relax the muscle while working the connective tissue, tendons, and ligaments. 

As a climber, it’s best to practice yang yoga as a pre-climb workout and yin yoga as a post-climb recovery workout. 

Practicing yin yoga before a climb may increase your chances of injury or overexertion.

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Rock Climbing

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Southwestern Utah represents what may be the greatest variety of rock climbing opportunities in the country. Scattered among almost 50 areas are over 1500 established routes, all of them in the midst of such profound and diverse beauty, it seems impossible that they are actually in the same state.Our instructors have decades of experience in the southern Utah region and maintain an intimate knowledge of both the routes as well as the beautiful desert environment. This makes your climbing day as informative as it is rewarding.

We provide the rock climbing and gear, you provide the appendages and the desire. The result is attaining a perspective previously reserved for hawks and falcons. Our rock climbing school offers comprehensive climbing instruction, all the equipment used for rock climbing, as well as a patient and thorough instructor. We are dedicated to creating safe and competent climbers.

With over 300 days of sunshine a year, mild winter temperatures, high altitude crags to beat the summer heat, as well as environments from desert to alpine, there simply isn't a better place to be a climber. Come out and let us show you our desert paradise and discover something about yourself in the process.

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Rock Climbing

Rock ClimberSouthwestern Utah represents what may be the greatest variety of rock climbing opportunities in the country. Scattered among almost 50 areas are over 1500 established routes, all of them in the midst of such profound and diverse beauty, it seems impossible that they are actually in the same state.

Our instructors have decades of experience in the southern Utah region and maintain an intimate knowledge of both the routes as well as the beautiful desert environment. This makes your climbing day as informative as it is rewarding.

We provide the rock climbing and gear, you provide the appendages and the desire. The result is attaining a perspective previously reserved for hawks and falcons.

Our rock climbing school offers comprehensive climbing instruction, all the equipment used for rock climbing, as well as a patient and thorough instructor. We are dedicated to creating safe and competent climbers.

With over 300 days of sunshine a year, mild winter temperatures, high altitude crags to beat the summer heat, as well as environments from desert to alpine, there simply isn't a better place to be a climber. Come out and let us show you our desert paradise and discover something about yourself in the process.

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The Green Valley Spa Adventure Challenge

The Green Valley Challenge takes place in our own back yard.

The setting typifies upland Mojave Desert environments, complete with desert tortoises, gila monsters, coyotes, a snake or two, and the occasional bobcat.

Access to the playground is gained through a narrow gorge cut into 200 million- year-old sandstone (The Gap).

As you probe deeper into the gap, rocky hillsides and bedrock exposures become ledges and small cliffs, a perfect spot to attempt a 30-foot rock climb (with the help of professional guides, of course).

Once safely on the ridge top, the hike proceeds upward to the edge of another, much larger cliff. This time, the goal is straight down via rappel line to the bottom. The path now turns homeward, but getting there involves 700 feet of zip line and two crossings of a 350-foot wide canyon without actually touching the ground.

At this point, its only about a half a mile to the Green Valley Vans, ready to take you back to the spa for lunch and a full body massage.

The Green Valley Adventure Challenge is an excellent way to experience the best of our outdoor fitness program with a little twist of rock climbing and adventure in the mix.

Our guides are experienced in helping first-time Adventure Challenge participants and with the technique and style of climbing we employ, the chance of injury is very low.

We invite you to experience what we consider to be an unforgettable adventure that you will be sure to tell your friends and family about for years, The Green Valley Adventure Challenge.

Ask your reservationist for details

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Zip Line Adventures

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These programs consist of beautiful guided hikes enhanced with vertical challenges of rock climbing, rappelling and zip lines. Each program is appropriate for novice through advanced levels of experience and fitness, in that we tailor each of the challenges to the aptitude of the participants. We want you to be challenged but still smiling and left with a new appreciation of what you are capable of achieving.

As professional hiking guides lead you through stunning and intimate landscapes they discuss the natural history, plants, animals and Native American History that make this desert region unique. The hiking inevitably leads to either the top or the bottom of a cliff, where professional climbing guides will explain and demonstrate each of the climbing or rappelling techniques necessary. Our step by step methods of instruction, and patient and supportive guides result in our guests achieving things that they had no idea they were capable of. Eventually we come to a chasm that we traverse with a zip line. Flying high over the top of the desert landscape, you soar from one side of the canyon to the other,.. Whoops of joy are allowed. We offer 4 different programs, each with a particular focus:

The Quest: most rappelling, most condensed, best for families and large groups.

The Challenge: rock climbing focus, longest zip line.

The Endeavor: rock climbing focus, best for hot weather and big groups.

The Adventure: day long program, September-May.

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green valley spa

rock climbing program

Green Valley Spa has been offering rock climbing experiences to our guests since 1994 and In that time over 2000 guests have challenged themselves and accomplished climbs that they never would dreamed possible. You can too! This program requires no previous climbing experience, just the desire to try.

Instruction is provided in association with Paragon Climbing Guides and the stunning scenery of southern Utah provides the canvas upon which to learn this vertical art form. Take your desert hiking in an entirely new direction, and see things from a whole new perspective.

The rock climbing program is offered twice weekly at various climbing destinations. This is the real thing, not some watered down indoor experience or artificial wall bolted to the side of a building. The climbing sites used are world-class destinations like Snow Canyon State Park, and Crawdad Canyon Rock Climbing Park, the only private climbing park in the US. All equipment is provided all you need to bring is the motivation to push yourself out of your comfort zone.

The rock climbing program is offered twice weekly at various climbing destinations. This is the real thing, not some watered down indoor experience or artificial wall bolted to the side of a building. The climbing sites used are world-class destinations like Snow Canyon State Park, and Crawdad Canyon Rock Climbing Park, the only private climbing park in the US. All equipment is provided all you need to bring is the motivation to push yourself out of your comfort zone.

You are picked up at the Spa, transported to the climbing area where you are fitted for shoes and a harness, and given instruction on the climbing movements. You are then given the opportunity to attempt several climbs of various levels of difficulty, all under the instruction of a professional rock-climbing guide. At the top of each climb you will be gently lowered back down to the ground on the rope, letting gravity do the work for a change.

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Rock climbing is the most exhilarating thing that you may do in your entire life. Whether you are looking to have a fun and easy day of climbing or that ultimate challenge, we have the terrain and instructors that can satisfy your highest aspirations.

The rock climbing program is designed for the Green Valley Spa guest who wants to push his limits, experience the thrill of the vertical world, and explore the beautiful southwestern desert. We have three goals: 1) you have fun, 2) you succeed at some climbs, and 3) you are challenged by other climbs. And as you rappel back down to the ground after your climb, the magnitude of the adventure begins to emerge as you realize how this experience relates to other parts of your life.

The thought that you accomplished something seemingly impossible makes life's other obstacles a little less daunting.

Green Valley offers a special Adventure Challenge hike to satisfy those who crave a little excitement along with the breathtaking scenery of our hikes. The Green Valley Spa Adventure Challenge includes a Strenuous level hike, repelling & zip lining.

The Green Valley Adventure Challenge is an excellent way to experience the best of our outdoor fitness program with a little twist of rock climbing and adventure in the mix.

Our guides are experienced in helping first-time Adventure Challenge participants and with the technique and style of climbing we employ, the chance of injury is very low. We invite you to experience what we consider to be an unforgettable adventure that you will be sure to tell your friends and family about for years, The Green Valley Adventure Challenge.

To view a sample video of what you will experience on the Challenge click here to visit Paragon Climbing's web site.