Yoga has quickly become one of my favorite forms of exercise. I know a lot of people are under the impression that it’s a not a great workout, but I promise you – it is! While not a fast-paced workout, yoga is great for building strength and producing lean muscle. And, you will burn calories. When you have to hold your entire body weight in downward dog, I promise you’re going to feel it and you’ll see the results. After a few weeks, even a few days, of doing yoga I felt my body becoming stronger.
I, personally, love yoga for it’s stress-reducing qualities. After a long day, it’s one of my favorite ways to unwind. When I’m done with a great yoga workout my body feels so relaxed and I feel stronger. Throughout yoga you have to concentrate on your breathing and holding your body in all sorts of weird positions, so it’s a great way to clear your mind from the stresses of the day.
Now as much as I love yoga, I also know that it’s not the highest-calorie-burning workout. I use it in conjunction with various cardio. The cardio will burn the calories and help you lose weight, while the yoga works to build muscle.
If you’ve read my blog at all before, you know I’m a huge Bob Harper fan. So, it’s not surprising I’d recommend his workouts. Here are links to a couple of his workouts. If you’re just beginning I like the video he did for The Biggest Loser. It’s a great workout, but quite as intense as the other. Hope you enjoy! Namaste 🙂