Does Yoga Build Strength?

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    Aug 08, 2014 4:02 PM GMT
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    NYT: In general, the few available experiments involving yoga suggest that it leads to measurable but limited and patchy strength gains. Over all, yoga appears to be too gentle physically to be anyone’s lone exercise.

    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/08/08/ask-well-does-yoga-build-strength/?_php=true&_type=blogs&ref=health&_r=0
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    Aug 09, 2014 2:09 PM GMT
    Depends on the type of yoga. I do a hot power yoga, sometimes with weights too. Granted it's not Superman strength, but I'm stronger than I used to be.
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    Aug 09, 2014 2:32 PM GMT
    Ryan Giggs says yoga is the reason he managed to stay a top-level athlete through his thirties.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/news-and-comment/ryan-giggs-at-40-how-the-manchester-united-midfielder-did-it-8970866.html
  • magicman

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    Aug 09, 2014 3:06 PM GMT
    I am addicted to hot yoga. If you really push your body through the poses and engage your muscles I think/feel it helps your endurance. I know that I am stronger LONGER since doing my practice. And by the end I am usually shaking from exertion.
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    Aug 09, 2014 3:30 PM GMT
    anyone ever tried hot yoga? shit's intense.. smells funky as f*ck in there but shit's intense
  • HndsmKansan

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    Aug 09, 2014 4:47 PM GMT
    I've always viewed Yoga as an exercise that builds flexibility and confidence with body and mind. But, it provides a solid basis to build strength from other core exercises. Definitely helpful!
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    Aug 09, 2014 4:48 PM GMT
    vnzlaboii saidanyone ever tried hot yoga? shit's intense.. smells funky as f*ck in there but shit's intense



    I've heard some interesting things about "Hot Yoga" and will no doubt cover the topic on my webradio fitness program. I know I (and my listeners) would enjoy hearing more about it!

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    Aug 09, 2014 6:37 PM GMT
    People have forgotten, or never understood, that the purpose of yoga is not exercise:

    Yogas citta-vrtti-nirodhah
    (Yoga is the stilling of the changing states of the mind)
    --Yoga Sutras, I.2

    Whatever physical changes may develop from asana practice, they are fringe benefits.
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    Aug 09, 2014 9:15 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan said
    vnzlaboii saidanyone ever tried hot yoga? shit's intense.. smells funky as f*ck in there but shit's intense



    I've heard some interesting things about "Hot Yoga" and will no doubt cover the topic on my webradio fitness program. I know I (and my listeners) would enjoy hearing more about it!

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    Hot yoga is done in a hot space but Vinyasa yoga is the one where you will be sweating buckets .
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    NYT: In general, the few available experiments involving yoga suggest that it leads to measurable but limited and patchy strength gains. Over all, yoga appears to be too gentle physically to be anyone’s lone exercise.

    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/08/08/ask-well-does-yoga-build-strength/?_php=true&_type=blogs&ref=health&_r=0


    I started naked yoga when I came out 4 years ago and it kinda saved my life but it is not a substitute for weight lifting. Both are required.
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    Aug 09, 2014 9:16 PM GMT
    This finding is not surprising. Yoga is not meant to increase strength, but to increase flexibility. But, it's definitely helpful for anyone who is strength training.
  • Aleco_Graves

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    Aug 09, 2014 11:55 PM GMT
    Definitely core strength, even the beginner stuff
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    Aug 10, 2014 2:59 AM GMT
    vnzlaboii saidanyone ever tried hot yoga? shit's intense.. smells funky as f*ck in there but shit's intense
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    Aug 10, 2014 4:35 AM GMT
    You're not going to build a lot of strength lying on your back as shown in the intentionally provocative NYT photo. But yoga is like performing bodyweight workouts and depending on the bodypart, those are pretty damned hard. Try holding a deep warrior pose for a few minutes. Or a tree pose, where you stand balancing on one leg while remaining stable. Stably maintaining a one-arm push-up position would require strength and build more, as does most yoga poses.
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    vnzlaboii saidanyone ever tried hot yoga? shit's intense.. smells funky as f*ck in there but shit's intense
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    Bikram is done in a heated space but it's not as intense as a " flow " yoga like Vinyasa yoga.
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    Aug 10, 2014 2:49 PM GMT
    I started Yoga back in the mid 90's. I've practiced various kinds, but especially Bikram and Vinyasa. Yoga gives me a toned, strong, flexible body. I'm in a class every week (guys only), and I come away with more energy, and a feeling of well being. I practice Yoga along with swimming laps, some running, and my weight lifting. All of this helps me stay in top shape, with a balanced metabolism, good cardio and circulatory health.
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    Aug 11, 2014 4:48 AM GMT
    yes it does. I played college football and did so much weightlifting for years. I have started doing yoga this year and I feel so strong, mentally and physically, in a way that I havent felt before. I can do headstand really easily and handstands and my shoulders feel so powerful.

    Ive done alot of power and hot classes and Im really enjoying them a lot.
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    Aug 11, 2014 4:54 PM GMT
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    Aug 13, 2014 6:17 AM GMT
    Definitely I feel like yoga is a nice mix of cardio and calesetics.Especially when arm balance poses are so dang hard lol.
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    Aug 13, 2014 3:45 PM GMT
    It strengthens your estrogen levels.
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    Aug 13, 2014 3:49 PM GMT
    Jack_NNJ saidIt strengthens your estrogen levels.


    So you practice daily ehh?
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    Aug 13, 2014 10:21 PM GMT
    Yoga is similar to gymnastics in many ways. There are balance poses where you stand on one leg while looking up at the ceiling and feel like hell. There are push ups, backbends, headstands and handstands in advanced classes. And there are women that appear stronger than all the men in the class which sucks to see.
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    Aug 30, 2014 5:55 AM GMT
    Yes, I tried the vinyasha yoga, locally (90 deg heat with intense movements).

    Don't like it. Love the moves, but the heat stuff (sucks) and the fast pace (too much cardio), I don't get it.

    Would like a slower vinyasha regimine to acquire strength and style.

    My take on things.

    Tommy
  • roadbikeRob

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    Aug 31, 2014 9:03 PM GMT
    I have done yoga a few times and it does help greatly in stretching and flexibility. I don't know if it helps in strengthening up your body.
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    Sep 01, 2014 12:59 AM GMT
    Yoga doesn't do much for me because I work out so much.

    Nude yoga? I would like to try if it's Yinyasa.

    Tommy