Yoga may be considered strength training, depending on the style you practice. A yoga practice like Ashtanga – a systematized practice of prescribed yoga postures to channel the energy through the body locks (bandhas) and focusing at a particular point (drishti) in asanas, – could fulfill the CDC requirements for strength training. When Strength Training and (Ashtanga) Yoga are combined, it will be extremely beneficial for the body, mind, and soul of practitioners.
Here are three benefits of the combination of Strength Training and (Ashtanga) Yoga:
1. Strength and flexibility
Yoga is great at building natural strength, and for someone looking to put muscle on, strength training is the way to go. Both will help you to tone your muscles and develop flexibility.
2. Explosiveness and endurance
The combined practices help you to maintain a balance between activating your fast-twitch muscle fibers – which you are using for strength training, and slow-twitch muscle fibers – which you are using for yoga.
3. Workout of the mind, body and soul
It nourishes the mind and helps you listen to that quiet voice inside your head. The combined practices will help you stay awake throughout the day without coffee, increase your self-confidence and make your body feel better.