Summary: If you want to know how yoga complements strength training and helps you to increase strength, endurance, flexibility, balance and posture then, this blog is a must read.
In finding a great fitness attitude, you will have the most benefits to take away when not comparing yoga- the mind-body spiritual discipline with hardcore strength training in binaries. There are just so many equations of achieving core strength with mental centering, groundedness, and spiritual orientation. Exclusively neither yoga nor strength training might be the way to efficiently reach the standards of fitness, health and wellness.
If you are a regular gym goer, a power runner, or an athlete, yoga might be your crutch for all the times you feel burnt out completely through these heavy workout techniques. Yoga with its innate meditative qualities also helps in resetting essential mental equilibrium and maintaining focus.
Mike Arnold, a state level weightlifting champion from Florida relates:
“Before I seriously started including yoga into my fitness schedule about two years back, I thought within the usual boxes. Bench presses couldn’t become more than mindless chores for me which I must undertake for building mass. When sweating it out at the bench scorched my energy, I habitually took chemical assistance. At a more personal level, I felt all my hardcoreness and roid rage aggression mastered at the gym was a sham. My mental inconsistencies betrayed my vulnerable self despite the hefty front.
I longed to be a strong person and not just a strong body. These dots connected after I started complimenting my physical strength-training with yoga.”
Here is a detailed outline of how yoga maximizes physical capacity simultaneously with strength-training–
Exchanging Rigid Muscles for Flexible Ones
Rock hard, sculpted muscles are yours to own when you are working out seriously and it’s a look worth dying for no doubt. But does this also mean you have to compromise your range of mobility in the process?
Let us take a look into how our musculature works. There are two basic groups of muscles which create movement and countermovement to reserve balance in motion. The agonist group of muscles begins a movement which is then opposed and counteracted by the set of agonist muscles. A proper coordination of these muscles will make movements smooth and seamless.
The hard gym tactics for strength-building as in bench presses or crunches, the opposing muscles happen to stiffen over practice and thus obstruct movement. But if you can open yourself to the gentle stretching exercises of yogasana besides hard gym, the opposite muscles remain strong and resilient but without facing limitation in mobility.
Enhanced Connectedness Ensures Fluid Movement and Reflexes
Yoga helps connect the dots between will and physical responsiveness. The interface between nerve signals and their reception is made stronger through the meditative aspect of yoga, leading to effortless movements and quick, steady reflexes.
The benefit of a good reflex capacity is the greatly decreased risk of injury. The practitioner of yoga thus becomes more perceptive towards her each single movement and learns to avoid rash tugs and swerves while performing heavy-duty strength-training exercises even without an instructor’s promptings.
Yoga as After-Workout Stretching Routine
Post-workout rehabilitation and care and the utility of stretching exercises are two concepts that make the rounds widely in the fitness circles. Why does heavy training for strength-building require post-workout relief?
The simple answer is, to de-stress worn out muscles. Be it a heavy session of lifting dead weights or consecutive breathless jogs around the park, you need to mellow out your muscles in the arms, shoulders, back, and legs when you come off the trip. To send blood circulation on a boost and keep your strained muscles thoroughly oxygenated, post-workout stretches with restorative yoga should therefore be a staple to strength trainees.
Also, there is a need to note here that if enhancement of mass is something that you are looking to achieve, you need to give your body some cooling time after working out the muscles to teeters. Muscles develop not during training but afterwards. Better, a lot of lengthy yoga time to just breathe and let your muscles shape.
Wholesome Nutrition and Health Habits with Yoga
At many levels, yoga ingrains in practitioners, a certain lifestyle. Going beyond one’s daily hours on the mat, the yogi organically becomes meditative in her everyday activities, in choosing wholesome nutrition and staying hydrated, curbing unhealthy habits and dependencies, in controlling negative thought processes, and preserving energies rather than going all hyperactive.
If you are a strength trainee on a tightrope for following healthy diet charts, yoga will surely help your temperament. The more you learn to delve into yourself with yoga and connect with your inner intent, more success will you have in translating your resolutions into actions. Unwholesome cravings could be curbed, you will be able to find the will to live a truly active life, and negative behavioral patterns could be identified and eradicated.
Besides this treasure of qualities of yoga complimentary for mechanised strength training, the discipline itself is internally core-centric and therefore core-strengthening. Yoga is the way to hold up your own body weight, find balance from within, and find a seamless synchrony between your breath and movement.
Good luck meeting your lofty fitness goals now!
Author Bio : Bipin Baloni is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveller in India. He provides Yoga Teacher Training Nepal. He loves writing and reading books related to yoga, health, nature and the Himalayas.