Combining strength training and yoga can have fat loss, mental and emotional benefits which get you closer to total wellness. Its not enough to only be physically strong. If you’ve been thinking about taking a yoga class, go right ahead. You should learn to do yoga correctly to get maximum benefits.
Personally, I have been practicing yoga & meditation for over 20 years. But have always combined it with strengthening and conditioning exercises. I have met many clients who get injured in-group yoga classes. These kinds of injuries can happen for many reasons like- too many people in a class, muscles not strengthened enough, lack of flexibility & stretching.
That’s why I created a unique style of yoga called * Fit Yoga that includes fitness exercises, easy to do yoga stretches, meditations and breathing exercises. Each class has only 6 students; that helps me to give each person individualized attention which in turn prevents class injuries.
Some of the key benefits of doing Fit-Yoga are:
- Flexibility training corrects muscle imbalances, increases joint range of motion, relieves joint stress, decreases excessive tension of muscles, maintains the normal length of all muscles and helps your body to function efficiently. This will help you workout harder without getting injured. Its also important to stretch your muscles between weight training sets.If you are in rehab for an injury, flexibility is critical. Fit-Yoga can help you rehabilitate the injured area as follows: a) restore the range of motion, b) restore flexibility and strength of the injured area and c) regain balance lost because of the injury.
- Helps improve your over all fitness and energy levels
- Lowers blood pressure and increases cardio capacity
- Helps develop better relaxation skills & increased stamina
- Improves self-confidence and reduced stress and anxiety
- It increases endurance, strength and flexibility
- Mental endurance and physical stamina are tested through holding postures for extended breaths
- Arm and shoulder strength is multiplied as you use your own body weight for resistance
- Lats and other back muscles begin to support the spine better than before
- Abdominals and obliques are refined and sharpened through building core muscles
- Poor and average posture begins to correct itself over time
- Hip flexors are stretched and rebuilt
- Glutes, quads, hamstrings, and calves are tightened and lengthened where they need to be
- Complete Detoxification – By gently stretching muscles and joints as well as massaging the various organs, yoga ensures the optimum blood supply to various parts of the body. This helps in the flushing out of toxins from every nook and cranny as well as providing nourishment up to the last point. This leads to benefits such as delayed ageing, energy and a remarkable zest for life.
- Protects & Strengthens your spine: Spinal disks—the shock absorbers between the vertebrae that can herniate and compress nerves—crave movement. That’s the only way they get their nutrients. If you’ve got a well-balanced asana practice with plenty of backbends, forward bends, and twists, you’ll help keep your disks supple.
- Increases your blood flow: Yoga gets your blood flowing. More specifically, the relaxation exercises you learn in yoga can help your circulation, especially in your hands and feet. Yoga also gets more oxygen to your cells, which function better as a result.
- Helps you sleep deeper: Stimulation is good, but too much of it taxes the nervous system. Fit-Yoga can provide relief from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Restorative asana, yoga nidra (a form of guided relaxation), Savasana, pranayama, and meditation encourage pratyahara, a turning inward of the senses, which provides downtime for the nervous system. Another by-product of a regular yoga practice, studies suggest, is better sleep—which means you’ll be less tired and stressed and less likely to have accidents.
No matter what ails your aching body, or if you just want to take your fitness to a higher level, fit yoga’s ability to build muscle has an undeniably effect on the total body.