shirty saidYoga and weight training, in my opinion, SHOULD be combined. Often, one is favoured at the expense of the other.
I don't train heavily but I teach yoga and have been doing it for years now. The best combination for me seems to be this order:
1- cardio (warm the body, get the blood pumping)
2- weight training (create intense heat in the body, tear muscle tissue)
3- yoga (bring the body and mind into balance, calm/cool the body, heal, lengthen the muscles and feed/repair the joints)
I know a yoga instructor who used to be a body builder. His body has changed drastically. He lost some of the bulkier muscle mass, but gained lean muscle and he is physically a lot stronger now.
I like to think that a lot of weight training that neglects the use of your own body weight against itself can actual hinder you in a lot of ways. You tend to be less balanced and have less mobility. Yoga acts a perfect balancer. It's a great addition to any exercise routine.
If you have any questions about yoga specifically let me know!
Over the last few months I have gotten totally obsessed with yoga but am worried I might be overdoing it.
At noon I go to a warm yoga class for an hour--it's a pretty tough workout and on most days when my breath is steady I do all the intensifications.
After work I head to the gym to lift for about an hour(i only work each muscle group once....and rarely twice a week)
Right after the gym I go to a Baptiste yoga studio and practice for about 90 minutes. This class is TOUGH, but I always make it through the class without dropping to child's pose.
I am worried that I am overtraining and that I might cause myself some harm....but I'd really rather not slow down. I love this stuff and it's doing something I love for over three hours a day.
On a side note, you would think I would be worn out at the end of the day, but it seems the more I do the more trouble I have going to sleep when it's time for me to go to bed. arg!