One of the wonderfully strange sensations that you tend to experience after rock climbing is “forearm pump” — i.e. when your forearms are overworked, tight, swollen, and pretty much shot. This happens almost inevitably to me every time I climb, and I find it nice to do some asanas to counteract it. Here are a few different asana variations that I think might be useful to relieve that “juiced” sensation in your forearms. These asanas can be done after climbing, or even while you’re resting and waiting to do your next route.
As needed, you can modify these poses when appropriate by putting one or both knees on the ground. You may also string together a few of these poses to create a nice Sun Salutation using reversed hands throughout, even in Down Dog.
Disclaimer: I am not a certified yoga instructor, and the ideas and opinions expressed here are not intended to be formal instruction on yoga poses. If you plan to start up a yoga practice, or if you have one and plan to do any of the yoga poses described in this blog, please seek out an experienced, living, breathing yoga teacher to guide you with hands-on instruction.