Have you ever seen someone in yoga class move effortlessly into an arm balance? Invert into handstand with ease? It is without questions that postures like arm balances and inversions require exceptional technique, but another important factor can also be your strength. There are many benefits to doing strength training including increased bone density, reduced risk of injury, and better body re-composition (think bootylicious), but adding strength training can also compliment your yoga practice and here are a few ways how:
The job of muscle is to support the structure of our bodies which is our skeleton, joints, and ligaments. When we build strength in our muscles, we create more stability to easily support our frame. The result is that our standing postures become more stable and powerful, which can be beneficial for those extra bendy yogis who have hyper mobility around their joints.
Gain Muscular Power and Endurance
If you’ve ever been in a pose and felt like your muscles were on fire, strength training can help. Increasing muscle mass and endurance can help with your stamina and ability to stay in postures deeper and longer.
Amplify Muscle Awareness
When you utilize compound or isolating exercises in strength training, you can learn to activate muscles that you use in yoga. For example, a Romanian Dead Lift is great for strengthening your hamstrings, glutes, and lower back. Those are all muscles you need to engage to deepen in poses such as Warrior Two or Crescent lunge.
These are just a few of the reasons to consider adding strength training to your yoga practice. So don’t just “Hug your muscle to bone”, show your bones who’s boss and bear hug muscles in your poses with some strength training!
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