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The Mind-Body Connection of Climbing, Yoga and CBD

Q+A With Olivia Hsu on Climbing, Yoga & CBD

What do yogis and climbers have in common? A balance of muscular strength, tenacity, and a sound mind. Olivia Hsu, professional climber and world-renowned yoga instructor, explains how yoga and climbing are a symbiotic practice, supporting each other to achieve mind-body connection and peace, and how CBD can support athletic recovery.

Q: How did you first get into climbing?

A: It actually wasn’t until I was attending University in Australia that I decided to join an outdoor climbing club. I’ll never forget the first time I climbed. I was out climbing with all these super muscly guys. I quickly realized I was the only one that had made it to the top and it dawned on me that, in climbing, you can be really strong but if you can’t figure out a route to go, you’re not going to get very far. I just needed to trust my instincts and climb the wall!

Q: How did you first get into yoga?

A: 2 years into my climbing career, I injured my finger. That’s when I walked into my first Mysore Ashtanga class. I thought I’d take some time off and go back to climbing. But then I fell in love with the practice and started doing it every day. Yoga not only compliments climbing,it compliments life. All the things in your life, they’re all intertwined. Whether it’s work or an activity you’re into, if you’re not happy, that’s going to affect all facets of your life.


CBD products are becoming widely used in yoga classes and for a variety of sport and fitness related activities. The therapeutic benefits of CBD include pain relief from muscle soreness.

— Marcus Sanchez

Q: How would you describe the connection between yoga + climbing?

A: It’s interesting, on many levels, they’re very similar. On a physical level, they both require a lot of neurological connections and flexibility. You’re doing multiple complex movements at the same time. In yoga, your feet are doing one thing while your arms are doing something else. Climbing is very similar. You have different handholds and footholds and there’s a certain synchronicity that your body moves in to achieve your goal. At the mental level, climbing and yoga really require you to just stay present in your body. Climbing, you can’t be thinking about doing other things. You’re focused on what you’re doing right then and there or else you’re gonna fall off the wall. Yoga is the same too, if you’re doing a complex posture and you’re thinking about something else, you might fall out of that posture.

Q: How would you advise yogis interested in climbing to get into it?

A: Bouldering tends to be more powerful. You can think of it like a sprint - 10 moves to get to the top. When you’re on a rope climb, you’re doing more like 120 moves or more to get to the top. But people who do yoga already have a good base for it. They have great flexibility and ideal power-to-weight ratio. So they just have to go out and do it!

Interested in joining Olivia on a yoga/climbing retreat? Find out more here!



Climbing and yoga are similar in that they demand constant practice to perform at your best, which can be a challenge if you’re dealing with muscle pain or soreness. CBD is quickly becoming a key tool in my recovery regimen. - Olivia Hsu

Q: What are your favorite yoga poses for climbing recovery?

A: I practice every day and feel that Sun Salutation A’s are always great. Sometimes I’ll modify quite a bit. If I’m doing Sun A’s for recovery, instead of doing a full chaturanga, I’ll come all the way down to the floor and do some shoulder corrective exercises or cobra before moving back into downward facing dog. The main thing is to listen to your body. Every day is a different day in yoga. There are days where you feel really good but you’re super tight vs days when you show up really sore on your mat, but you end up having a really great practice! It’s all about balance.

Q: How does CBD support your yoga + climbing practice

A: I’m relatively new to CBD, but I had many friends who swore by it for pain relief. They encouraged me to start using it because of my crossover with yoga and climbing. Aethics topical Muscle Rescue lotion is my favorite way to use CBD. It’s perfect for immediate relief from muscle soreness and the oil is great taken after a workout or in the evening before bed. Climbing and yoga are similar in that they demand constant practice to perform at your best, which can be a challenge if you’re dealing with muscle pain or soreness. CBD is quickly becoming a key tool in my recovery regimen.

How to Use Aethics CBD Oil (use as directed):

Place 1 mL on your tongue. Wait 60-90 seconds before swallowing. Repeat up to 2x daily for maximum effect.

How to Use Aethics CBD Muscle Rescue Body lotion:

Spread on tired or aching muscles or joints to feel the CBD soothe and relieve affected areas.

Click here to learn more about Aethics products.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol is a compound extracted from the hemp plant. This compound helps regulate your body’s endocannabinoid system. CBD brings overall balance to your digestive and immune health, offering relief from pain, inflammation and anxiety while also helping those who suffer from seizures, insomnia and other medical conditions.

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What Every Athlete Needs 0

Bill Bowerman Nike Co-Founder

The legendary University of Oregon track and field coach, and Nike co-founder, Bill Bowerman said, "If you have a body, you are an athlete." Everyone is capable of performing to his or her highest athletic capability.

But what happens when the athlete’s most valuable asset, his or her own body, is worn down? How can an athlete recover from pushing the limits? The answer may come to some as a surprise. Cannabidiol (CBD) is taking the sports recovery world by storm and looks to be the next big thing for athletes’ recovery.

CBD is one of 104 compounds found in cannabis. The main psychoactive chemical is Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which causes the sensation of getting “high” that most associate with marijuana. However, CBD is not a psychoactive chemical, making it an appealing option for those who are looking for relief from pain and other symptoms without the mind-altering effects of marijuana. Once extracted from the cannabis plant, CBD oil is diluted with a carrier like coconut or hemp seed oil, making it safe and effective for recovery use. CBD carries many health benefits just as prescription drugs do, but without the highly addictive opioid drugs that can cause serious injury or death if taken in excess.


CBD oils boast the benefit of pain relief, reducing anxiety and depression, reduce acne, aid neurological disorders and benefit heart health. According to a study conducted by Hemp Journal , 34% of CBD users reported improvements in their mental or behavioral health. Thirteen percent said CBD improved their quality of sleep. In most cases, there are four ways to use CBD oil as a recovery method: tinctures, concentrates, topicals, sprays, and vapes. Tinctures are the most common, taken orally by placing a few drops under your tongue and letting the oil absorb into capillaries or tiny blood vessels. Concentrates are similar to Tinctures, but typically contain stronger dosages that are taken orally. CBD topicals, such as lotions and lip balms, are meant to help directly with muscle or joint-related issues. Just apply generously to the skin of the sore area. Oral CBD sprays typically contain lower concentration levels and are sprayed directly into your mouth. Lastly, inhaling vaporized CBD just requires a vape pen.

CBD Oil water and cbd lotion for pain relief

While still a relatively new wellness supplement, CBD is gaining popularity in the sports market among athletes. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which maintains a list of approved and banned substances for the International Olympic Committee, makes a clear exception for the use of CBD by its Olympic athletes. Other leagues such as the NFL are still in talks over allowing the supplement to be used by its players, but all signs point toward mass approval in the near future, and for good measure. Former Super Bowl Champion Marvin Washington says there’s an issue with players being forced to take prescription drugs over CBD supplements. “From anti-inflammatories and painkillers to Ambien… whatever it is. The leagues are poisoning their players,” Washington states. “The future of professional sports lies in non-toxic, non-addictive substances like CBD.”  

New CBD companies like Aethics are offering CBD-based recovery supplements for athletes as a substitute for addictive painkillers. With CBD-infused water, muscle lotion, and performance oral drops among their product line, Aethics carries a CBD recovery supplement for all athletes.

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The Truth about CBD (Fact vs Fiction) 0

Fact - CBD interacts with the body's endocannabinoid system

So, you may not know it, but everything from sea squirts to humans have an endocannabinoid system - a vast network of receptors and cannabis-like chemicals (endocannabinoids) that regulates vital functions such as sleep, appetite, mood, memory, inflammation and reproduction. Sometimes this system can become depleted and scientists believe this may contribute to certain illnesses. Research shows that taking CBD creates higher levels of our own endocannabinoids, helping the body to restore balance again. - Huffington Post

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The Benefit of CBD in Sports 0

“I’m using muscles I haven’t used in years,” Talansky says. “My body is constantly inflamed.” Many athletes in his situation rely on common pain relief like ibuprofen, but when Talansky strained a hip flexor last fall, he reached for a bottle of cannabidiol (CBD), an extract from the cannabis plant, instead. 

“I took it for a couple of weeks, and there was a noticeable difference immediately,” Talansky says. “And it wasn’t just that my hip was feeling better. I was less anxious, and I was sleeping better.” - Outside

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