6. Breathing for Opening the Ribcage

In this Yoga & Stretching for Climbing video, our CTT Yoga Instructor Ashley Fay walks us through pranayama techniques specifically for climbing warm-ups. Here we will focus on breath of fire, and opening up the shoulders and rib cage.

1. Seated Staff Pose → Cat-Cow Variation – Inhale arching the back, lift the shoulders. Exhale cat pose arching the shoulders, dropping the chin. This breathing exercise will help control fear and improve concentration while climbing.

2. Seated Staff Pose → Breath of Fire (round 1) – Place right hand above belly button. Deep inhale, followed by forced short exhales (3x).

3. Seated Staff Pose → Breath of Fire (round 2)Inhale arms above head thumbs facing in, shoulders pulled down away from ears, followed by forced short exhales (3x).

We hope you found this video helpful. Feel free to comment below with questions or thoughts!


Please remember, climbing is inherently dangerous. Climb at your own risk.