Berkeley Ironworks has a new yoga teacher for Friday evenings. Alok Rocheleau, will be joining the staff of amazing yoga instructors at the gym. From a young age Alok Rocheleau has been interested in this union, finding it in nature and the arts. Alok started his journey with asanas 12 years ago with a background as a personal trainer and athlete. In 2004, he took the 200-hour yoga teacher training at Mount Madonna Center, which focuses on classical Ashtanga yoga through the teachings of Baba Hari Das. Hari Das is a master yogi whose silent example and emphasis on karma yoga inspired Alok to stay at the community and teach yoga for a year. Since then he has been back to MMC three times to assist the yoga teacher training. In the last 5 years he traveled extensively, studying a variety of yoga styles including Ashtanga, Iyengar, Anusara, Shadow, Acroyoga, and Hatha. He likes to creatively blend all styles, emphasizing the union of breath, body and mind infused with a sense of play. Alok has also taught regularpranayama (breathing practices) and meditation classes.
Recently, long-time member Collin Poseley shot a cool video of Sacramento Pipeworks. When Posseley is not busy producing media content for the Sacramento area news, he has photographed and shot video for a number of the Pipeworks comps.
The Touchstone Rope Series 6th competition is coming to Great Western Power Company this Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. This comp is guaranteed to be a ton of fun. There will be plenty of food, beer, temporary tattoos, new routes, lots of climbers and a great atmosphere to have high quality fun.
Knowing the correct way to perform an exercise is essential for getting stronger and also crucial to prevent injury. In the latest installment of the Touchstone training videos, Justin Alarcon demonstrates how to properly perform a pull-up.
"A pull-up is the most basic and perhaps the oldest climbing exercise around," says Touchstone trainer Justin Alarcon. "While this exercise is often over-emphasized by many aspiring climbers, this exercise is a simple way of strengthening the pulling muscles we all use when our technique is forgotten."
Alarcon holds clinics and private training sessions. Email him with questions at
Touchstone athlete, Ethan Pringle has been getting after it. In the past year, he has traveled across the world climbing some of the best routes and boulder problems. In between his ninja assassin ascents, Pringle managed to get great footage of the climbing he's done. On Saturay, June 16th, Pringle will hosting a dyno clinic at Ironworks. Pringle will be showing 15 climbers the techniques necessary to make enormous moves. Afterwards, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Pringle will be showing a number of climbing movies. There will be footage from his trip to Red Rocks with former Touchstone setter Mark Heal, there will be a bit about the first ascent of a new 5.14d he completed at Mount Charleston, and footage from Huecos Rancheros, a video featuring some of the best bouldering in Hueco.There is no maximum number for the presentation but folks need to pre-register as there will be beer and pizza.
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On Saturday June 16th and Sunday June 17th, Climbing Resources Advocates Greater Sacramento (CRAGS) will be hosting the 3rd annual clean-up of Lover's Leap. This is a perfect opportunity to help maintain one of Califorinia's best climbing areas.
A picture of Lover's Leap, the red line shows the classic Haystack (5.8)
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