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Six Yoga Poses for Climbers

Following on from our article on the benefits of yoga for climbing, yoga teacher, climber and WCS16 workshop leader Penny Orr has developed a short sequence of postures that will help you work yoga practice into your weekly routine. These postures are also chosen with a particular focus on what is beneficial and feels satisfying for the climber's body. Enjoy! Text: Penny Orr Photos: Rob Greenwood 1. Mountain pose/ Tadasana/ Samasthiti This is the base pose for all standing postures/asanas, but it’s also useful as a pose in itself, as it improves posture, strengthens thighs and knees, and cultivates concentration. [if !supportLists]• [endif]In a standing position bring your leg

Workshop: Yoga for Climbing

Back by popular demand, Yoga for Climbing will be a key feature of this year's programme with a Yin and Yang flow workshop led by Penny Orr and Mina Leslie-Wujastyk. So what's it all about, and what can it do for your climbing? Both Penny and Mina discovered yoga in their teens, taking the odd class here and there, primarily for the physical benefits as cross-training for climbing. However, as their experience grew and their practice deepened, both came to appreciate the mental aspect of yoga, which brought self-awareness and influenced the way they reacted to the world around them. These skills also proved to be highly beneficial on rock. Penny sums it up: 'For me, yoga is a way of connecti

Introducing: Headline Speaker Lisa Rands

We are so psyched to welcome Lisa Rands as this year's first headline speaker! A former US national champion and World Cup winner, Lisa has inspired a generation of women climbers with her dynamic style and bold, gutsy ascents of climbs previously regarded as only ‘for the guys’. Her quest for adventure has taken her around the world including the Alpine spires in Patagonia, new bouldering test pieces in Rocklands and first ascents in China. She was the first woman to climb E8, (on the grit no less!), with The End of the Affair at Curbar in 2004. Lisa says: "I am honored to be invited to the Women's Climbing Symposium. It has been amazing to see how much women's participation in climbing has

Jule Wurm joins WCS coaching team

We are proud to announce Jule Wurm as the newest addition to the WCS coaching team! In her ten-year competition career, Jule has competed in all disciplines of the sport, culminating in winning the Bouldering World Championship in 2014 in front of a home crowd in Munich. In 2015 she made the big decision to retire from the circuit in favour of spending more time on the rock, her medical studies and with family and friends. She now coaches the German Youth Climbing Team, and will bring all of this experience and psyche to this year's WCS coaching team. WCS caught up with Jule quickly about her experiences in the last year, her plans for the future, and what she thinks of WCS: What has been th

New for 2016: 10 Coached Workshops!

Those of you with a Full Ticket will have double the number of coached workshops available to choose from this year! Each year we try to think of ways that we can make the WCS better so that everyone can get the most out of the day. As well as 5 coached climbing workshops we will also be offering 5 extra workshops. The climbing workshops are: Dynamic Climbing, Power Endurance, Steep Climbing, Footwork, and Volumes and Slopers. Our expert coaches will deliver these sessions with the aim of developing and inspiring your personal climbing. New to the program this year we are offering a range of coached workshops that are a little bit different: Yoga for climbers, Mobility, Strength and Conditio

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