Posted by: yoga librarian | October 4, 2009

Climbing Mt. Monadnock – the Benefits of Sun Salutations

On Labor Day, I was up near Peterborough, NH, climbing Mt. Monadnock.

Mt. Monadnock is the 2nd most-climbed mountain in the world. Many people mistakenly believe that it’s just a little mountain. Believe me it is a real mountain! almost 3200′ (about 1800′ up from the trailhead). The hike was close to 4 miles round trip.

View from the White Dot Trail

View from the White Dot Trail

My husband and I  climbed it about 14-15 years ago and I remember it being hard work then – and it still is. But in some ways I found it easier because my balance is good (thanks to yoga) and I could make use of my upper body strength as well as my leg strength on the descent. 

Since June, when I took Peggy Cappy’s teacher training course, I have been doing Sun Salutations on every day. Sun Salutations increase cardiovascular fitness. Downward Dog, Plank,  and Upward Dog build upper body strength. 

Peggy Cappy’s Yoga for the Rest of Us: Heart Healthy Yoga.

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