Strength Training with Yoga

Article by Sumedha Rewar

You might think about the questions: What can be the benefits of strength training for my body?
How can I get proficient in yoga postures with strength training?

This article will give you an answer for these questions.
There has been a boom in strength training from last few years. There are natural and CrossFit training methods available for the people willing to get strength training done.

Yoga has helped many women to get natural strength training with the ancient postures for building better body strength. There is a lot of encouragement given to the people who put their new selfies or workout patterns for revealing the strength training.

Why is it important?

There are many benefits of strength training and I am illustrating a few of them for giving you the right results:
• Strength building improves bone density and hence, the risk of osteoporosis reduces.
• It helps to make the resting metabolic rate higher.
• It can preserve the lean muscle mass, which is generally lost with the gradual aging process.
• Strength in your muscles can stabilize your joints and prevents the occurrence of injuries.
• Improvement of mental health is another benefit of strength training. It can help in reduction of depression, pain intensity, anxiety or bad thoughts. Also, self-esteem, self-efficacy and sleep patterns will be improved.

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How can Yoga help?

It certainly depends on your modules as yoga has a lot to offer. There are certain types of yoga exercises, which can build up your muscles and support you in achieving your strength building goals. Some asanas like Planks, warrior posture, arm inversions and balancing will support one’s body weight in the gravity.

In fixed gym machines, there is workout done for specific body muscles. However, yoga postures involve the movement and strength building of the whole body. The other muscular groups act as stabilizers and the body as a whole gets better. It implies that yoga can build strength in the whole body to perform the daily activities and tasks well.

Yoga is the best form of functional strength training to perform the general tasks effectively in the real world.

Get Stronger with Yoga

There is always a positive way to build strength with yoga and you can even make mix & match of poses to make out a perfect balance.

Regular practices with repetition of postures
There are many dynamic patterns of yoga for building better muscular strength. Sun salutations, Astanga and Vzinyasa can build better strength for the upper body. It is very important to note that repeated sun salutations or some particular exercises don’t suit everyone.

Hence, it is important to know about the modification processes and making your personalized program for muscle building to avoid any problems in the longer run. You can get various challenges in yoga processes with dynamic moving asanas. There can be explosive actions included on reaching towards a certain level; such that Yoga will become your ultimate support for building muscle power.

Hold Yoga Postures for Longer Period

With gradual yoga, you can build up muscular strength quite well and attain better responsiveness. Try to stay in the poses for one or two minutes, or count your breaths for hand and leg balancing. Come out of the poses in a careful manner to avoid any alignment issues. These postures can really help for strength building:
• Dolphin
• Tree
• Warrior pose
• Plank
• Chair pose
• Downward Facing Dog
• Boat Pose

Would it be enough?

You might think that strength training through yoga alone can work or not. The primary thing is to fix your goals and stick to them for getting results. Yoga can help in building strength in real life activities and give you much more than you can think of.

If you want to get higher muscle mass, adding extra weights and resistance training would be helpful.

Doing Yoga Differently

There are many yoga gurus in the world who have recognized the value of cross-training methods. Usage of resistance bands and adding free weights in your yoga exercising can even cure the imbalanced muscles. For example, adding weight to warrior poses can gain upper body strength.

Sumedha Rewar
Sumedha Rewar

Sumedha has IT background and has the inclination towards Yoga, Reiki and Naturopathy. She has always intended to give the best to humanity in whichever way she can. She believes that positive approach in life and faith in anything can lead you towards a better living. Her proclivity in the world of meditation has made her choose a different path from her academics. You can reach her directly on the email ID sumedha@reikirays.com

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