I do mostly yoga...usually about 4 times a week then I supplement with walking with my hubby about twice a week 9and by walking, i mean he walks i jog...he's quite a bit taller than me...my yoga studio offers baron baptiste style power vinyasa yoga which means the room is heated to 90 degrees...i find that it's not only a good cardio workout, but i get strength training in as well and it always ends with relaxation...
Pounds lost: 8.6
Fitness Minutes: (49,570) Posts: 11,561 8/16/10 4:01 A
Ahem, another overexerciser coming in... I am actually dealing with injuries stemming from overexercising. I have found (through the process of intuitive eating/intuitive living) that doing what feels good on any given day works for me. If I am feeling like a good cardio burn, I go with that, if yoga is calling to me, I go with that, I love to ST so I normally do that 3 times a week (circuit based -- lighter weight, more reps). I am reforming from push, push, pushing myself waaaaay to hard with exercise. I think that yoga has been such a great help with that. I do count yoga as cardio because some of the ones I do really do get the heart rate up. So, to answer your quesiton, yes, I do think that if you vary the yoga up, you can have a predominantly yoga based program. Yoga benefits so many aspects for me. It has helped me with my ... issues...
Although recently I have added strength training to my routine, my primary sources of physical activity is yoga varying from yin (in which seated or supine poses are held for 2-5 minutes to improve flexibility, to aunusara yoga which requires a fair amount of physical exertion. I love the wholeness I feel about myself through yoga.
Lost 65 lbs and maintained since 2006.
current weight: 10.0 over
Fitness Minutes: (12,225) Posts: 221 8/14/10 5:20 P
This is my first post on Yoga Lovers, although I've been on the team since I joined up with SP in May.
Anyhoo, my question is this -- what does your fitness program (for lack of a better word) look like?
For example, do you just do yoga, or do you mix it with other things? How long are your workouts, whatever form they take?
Also, does a predominantly vigorous yoga-based fitness plan WORK for weight loss and healthy living?
I'm thinking of adopting this approach, pairing power yoga/vinyasa yoga with waling and hula hooping. However, I have a history with overexercise, and I like how yoga is holistically healthy, not just serving the body. However, the overexerciser in me screams that yoga cannot possibly help me lose a few pounds and return to a healthier weight. I'd love to hear your thoughts/advice in this area.
Also, does anyone read the blog Heather Eats Almond Butter ( heathereatsalmondbutter.com/ )? She follows a yoga-based program, in addition to a bit of walking, and says it works wonders for her. Heather has inspired me, and I'm looking for other opinions.
Thanks in advance!
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