From the mat to the wall

Yoga now offered at ARQ Mountain Centre

Paul Rodgers

ARQ Mountain Centre has diversified their programming and as of January 16 now offer yoga classes. Certified yoga instructor Bailey Repp teaches classes every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:00 p.m.


Born and raised in the Kootenays, Repp is passionate about the mountains and is an avid climber and backcountry skier. She told the Townsman in an interview at ARQ before her Tuesday evening class that in 2012 her physical activity was severely hindered when she was injured in a car accident.

“I wasn’t able to do most of the things I wanted to do and yoga was just a way that I could move my body,” Repp said.

“And slowly I moved from the physical aspect to the more mental aspect of yoga and through that I was able to get back to climbing and back in the mountains. And yeah, the love just grew and grew for yoga, I just fell in love with it.”

She has been doing yoga with friends and family for several years now and last summer she became a certified instructor in Bali. She was recently surfing her Facebook feed when she saw that ARQ co-owner and local climbing pro Gordon McArthur posted an ad seeking yoga or pilates instructors. She thought it was a cool idea and decided to go for it.

Now with three classes under her belt, she said that it’s been an amazing experience. The classes have been pushing capacity limits with people from all walks of life; climbers, non-climbers and all age groups.

“It’s a really cool vibe in the room because there’s all these different people coming together for the same thing,” she said.

When ARQ posted the announcement that they were to be offering yoga classes they said that you can “Improve your climbing through specific mobility work; giving you the opportunity for a better experience in movement, all the while building confidence in a relaxed community.”

Repp explained that yoga and climbing go hand in hand and that while on the surface they appear quite distinct, at the core there are many the-

“It’s both a physical and a mental game and I found the connection there, with core work with ab work, with balance and stability,” Repp said. “The important thing is that yoga can bring to climbing body awareness, which is really important.”

She said another key similar element between the two is breathing. In her own experience with climbing, Repp said that she often holds her breath when she is at the crux, focusing on her power, and not her breath.

“Whereas yoga we focus on allowing the breath to lead the movement, and so you can take that off the mat and on to the wall.”

Classes are $10 for a drop in, or $5 as an add on to a day pass and for existing members, they are offered for free.

Just Posted

Kiara Ker earns bronze at U17 National Basketball Championships

This was the third time the local basketball player represented Team BC at the national level

East Kootenay wakesurfers have success in national championships

Many local riders competed in the 2019 Nautique Canadian Wakesurf National Championships

Campaign financing numbers released for Cranbrook byelection

The financial numbers are in from Cranbrook’s municipal byelection held earlier in… Continue reading

Cranbrook Bandits hand out end of season awards

The junior and senior teams recognized players from the 2019 season

It happened this week in Cranbrook: 1912

Aug. 11 - 17: Compiled by Dave Humphrey from the newspapers at the Cranbrook History Centre and Archives

B.C. seizes 1.5M grams contraband tobacco, down from 5.75M grams the year prior

The 2019-2020 seizures were a sharp drop compared to the 2018-2019 year,

B.C. Speaker tight-lipped about aide’s legislature security tour

B.C. Liberals question Alan Mullen’s drive across Canada, U.S.

B.C. manhunt suspects left cellphone video before they died: family

Family member says Kam McLeod, Bryer Schmegelsky recorded final wishes

B.C. sets rules for ride hailing, same minimum fee as taxis

Larger operating areas seen as threat by cab companies

Okanagan bus driver assaulted for asking patron not to smoke

59-year-old in hospital with non-life threatening injuries

Two hiking families team up to extinguish fire in B.C. backcountry

Children and their parents worked for three hours to ensure safety of the popular hiking region

Vancouver man arrested after pregnant woman’s SUV stolen, then crashed

Police are recommending charges against a 22-year-old Vancouver man

Most Read