Iron Yoga?

The core components of yoga involve poses, also called postures and breathing. Weight training involves lifting either free weights, such as dumbbells, weights on a machine or--just like in yoga---your own body weight. You can combine the virtues of both yoga's flowing postures and weight training's muscle-sculpting moves. "Do not feel like you need to exclude one or the other," note the founders of the My Yoga Online website.

Yoga and weight training provide somewhat overlapping benefits. Yoga's health benefits include increased fitness, stress reduction, weight loss and management of chronic conditions, such as pain, anxiety, depression and sleep problems, according to the Mayo Clinic. Weight training, the website notes, results in toned muscles and overall physique improvement, reverses age-related muscle loss, increases bone density, maintains joint flexibility and assists weight management.

I used to be against weight lifting and yoga due to the swinging effect of the weights and the isometric contraction hold of the pose.  However, with osteoporosis and osteopenia on the rise, I see the shift in my thinking.  Light hand weights with long holds and lifts metered to a slow tempo may just be the benefit we are looking for in yoga.  Another great advantage to yoga is that we lift our own body weight.

So, the answer is yoga with light hand weights, "Yes!"  But, the answer could also be, "Yoga lifting your body weight -- Yes!"  Either one is profitable to you.  Join us on Monday and Wednesday evenings for our power yoga classes where we do both!



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