Making Yoga a Cardio Workout
Listen up. Here’s a solution for those of you who want to get the most out of your yoga routine. This is a creative way to combine yoga with cardio. The main objective is to intensify the yoga routine and “Feel The Yoga Burn“.
Obviously yoga has all sorts of benefits—just ask Lena Dunham. But its one drawback (if you can even call it that) is that while you certainly leave a vinyasa class feeling rejuvenated, you sometimes feel like you need to go on a run for a cardio boost. Sound familiar?
Thankfully, new research in Complementary Therapies in Medicine indicate that yoga can meet the American Heart Association’s cardio guidelines (which recommends 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise weekly)—if you do it rapidly.
The good news is that you can do your yoga and make it count for your cardio required workout according to the study…
To study this, researchers at the University of Miami put sensors on 22 healthy adult men and women as they completed as many sun salutations in eight minutes as they could. There were two speeds: Participants would hold poses for three seconds each, or 12 seconds each.
Those who flowed faster burned an average of 48 more calories during the session, compared to those who were on a 12-seconds-per-pose pace. The most surprising part? Most of the exertion occurred between the poses rather than in the poses themselves, proving your struggle between chaturanga and cobra is real (just me?) This is How You Make Your Yoga Practice a Cardio Workout | Rodale Wellness
In addition to giving you a good stretch and workout, overall it saves you time. It doesn’t get better than this.. Feel the Yoga Burn!!!