Olivia Hsu, a professional climber and Ashtanga yoga teacher, began practicing yoga 15 years ago after a finger injury forced her to take a break from climbing. Now she splits her time between the rock and her mat. Hsu’s standard recovery routine includes a yoga prop called a Dharma Wheel, which is designed to release tension in the back, chest, shoulders, abs, and hips. The wheel helps you drop into a gentle, supported backbend, stretching out the spine and tight chest and shoulder muscles. “Climbers tend to be too hunched forward, which leads to imbalance injuries,” says Hsu, who even breaks out her wheel in airport terminals during long travel days.
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