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Postpartum Weight Loss- Is Yoga Everyday as Beneficial As Running/Yoga Combo?

Posted Jan 07 2010 4:07pm

To Sara of Fit by Sara: “My previous exercise routine included Hatha yoga (3 times a week) and running (2-3 times a week, 5 miles per run).  I started doing Vinyasa Power Flow and Kundalini almost every day (alternating yoga styles each day).  Whether or not this is just a phase, I think I may be hooked!  I don’t think I want to go back to my old routine, which included running.  Am I making the wrong decision?  I’ve been reading mixed reviews about the benefits of mixing yoga with other types or cardiovascular exercises, as opposed to practicing yoga only.  I realize the benefits of mixing up one’s workout routine, and do feel I am getting that benefit from practicing two different types of yoga.”

From Sara of Fit by Sara: “First of all I want to congratulate you for finding exercise that you enjoy doing, because when one loves what they are doing, they will likely continue it, and consistency is the key to looking and feeling good.  My question to you is what “benefit” are you looking for?  Meaning are you wanting more “balance, peace, and relaxation” or “more tone, definition, cardiovascular endurance”.  I’m assuming you’re wanting a combination of both.  You are correct in thinking that variety in your exercise routine will typically give good resutls…particularly when in pertains to muscle toning results…so jogging combined with yoga can be a good combination for that.  In my experience Kundalini yoga is more spiritual and meditative vs. movement.  This is great for connecting w/yourself and the Universe and thus increasing a feeling of well being.  Vinyasa is a excellent way to get your heart rate up while increasing your muscle tone and flexibility.  So the combo you’re doing of Kundalini and Vinyasa may not give you as much cardio  as you got from the combo of running and yoga, but it could give you a different looking muscle definition–lean, long muscles and will definitely aide in feeling a sense of calm and well being.  I would give what you’re doing a good month and see if you are happy with how you look and feel.  If you feel you’re not getting the same cardio workout you did when you ran, you could always substitute one yoga class for a jog.  Most importantly enjoy the great feeling you are experiencing from trying something new.” -Sara Holliday MFT, CPT

***Got a question for me?  I’d love to answer it!  Email me at info@fitbysara.com or leave a comment here.

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