Two to four times per week of strength training is recommend for preservation and/or increase of muscle strength. That’s alot, right?
However, if you already love and practice yoga for all of its mind/breath/body benefits, including strengthening muscles and bones, why not add resistance bands to the yang(active) poses?
I’m excited to share many creative and novel ways to employ resistance bands during yoga asana(poses). Doing so challenges our muscles in different ways than external weights such as dumbells. Furthermore, this way of practicing asanas is fun and time efficient!
By the way, I do still train with free weights or kettlebells, as variety is beneficial and motivating.
I’m excited to share resistance band work with you. To do so, I’m offering loop bands in my regular classes and a detailed, hands-on, and evidence based Zoom workshop (first of a series) on how to practice yoga poses with Therabands.
All of the other wonderful benefits of a holistic yoga class can be included such as breath work, meditation, yin or restorative practices. The difference is we use resistance bands as another yoga prop in the active “yang” poses.
Because if we employ props such as bolsters for restorative or yin postures, why not similarly employ resistance bands for strength?
Would you like more motivation? Resistance training can* (the short list):
delay muscular degeneration
increase metabolic efficiency
increase tissue tensile strength
preserve/increase bone density
Over time, strength loss can lead to a variety of risks to our overall health, including increased fragility and yes, lower mortality .
Next steps? Give this way of practicing yoga poses a try!
-Check out my Sunday series here where we will often use the loop bands as props in asana practice
-Register for a resistance band workshop using Therabands
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