Top 5 Benefits Of Doing Yoga With Bodybuilding

Image Source : Men's Health

Image Source : Men's Health

Yoga was once an activity performed by the gurus, rulers and peaceful warriors. Lately, however, came an era when it got predominance as a sport for women and spiritual seekers, and this perception drew many men away from it. This keeps a large population hidden from the amazing benefits yoga has got to offer. True, it won’t give you a big, muscular body, but when combined with weight training you can achieve some perfect results. Choose to do yoga twice a week on your rest days from the gym, or at the beginning and end of your workout, or try some other combination and just see what works for you and you’re able to stick to. The result will give you an attractive physique from weight training along with a lean and flexible body and a more emotionally stable mind from yoga. That’s what we call holistic fitness!

Below are some important reasons for incorporating yoga in your workout sessions. Keep in mind your priority, whether it is strength building, cardiovascular fitness or flexibility, and you’ll ultimately find a routine that is interesting and works the best for you.

1.       Bodybuilding puts pressure on certain parts of the body according to the exercise you’re doing. This makes the blood flow uneven and can affect your heart and breathing. This a good reason to end your session with a few yoga asanas like headstand, downward dog pose, or simple deep breathing to regulate blood flow throughout the body. Avoid asanas that use parts that you’ve already just made sore with lifting, as the muscles need time to recover.

2.       Choosing asanas that involve your body weight like chaturanga dandasana, warrior pose, navasana, etc. will actually complement your strength training routines by deeply engaging your target muscles. Combining these with weightlifting helps in maintaining bone density and muscle strength in the old age.

(top) Navasana (Image Source : jackcuneo.com), (bottom) Chaturanga Dandasana (Image Credit : aomm.tv)

(top) Navasana (Image Source : jackcuneo.com), (bottom) Chaturanga Dandasana (Image Credit : aomm.tv)

3.       When you already train in the gym, your yoga poses should focus more on recovery and relaxation of ligaments and joints just strained. This will keep them flexible and stable and help prevent injuries that often result during heavy strength training exercises like squats, dead lifts, etc. For example, when you do hamstring curl in the gym, relax that muscle with Supta Padangusthasana; practice reclined spinal rotations after a dead lift or kettle ball swings session, etc.

(left) Supta Padangusthasana (Image source : jackcuneo.com), (right) Reclined Spinal Twist (Image source : acefitness.org)

(left) Supta Padangusthasana (Image source : jackcuneo.com), (right) Reclined Spinal Twist (Image source : acefitness.org)

4.        As yoga places so much focus on hip, knee, ankle and wrist movements, it gradually strengthens these joints and the benefits of this can be experienced in many strength building activities in the form of reduced injuries and sprains.

5.        One key component of yoga is aligning the body parts in their naturally correct position. This enhances muscle and body balance and correct posture, which is highly important for bodybuilding.

So, yoga and weight lifting are two opposites that can be combined to create a perfect recipe. A person indulging in one should definitely give the other a try. We recommend reading this article from bodybuilding.com where the writer, a bodybuilder, shares his own stint with yoga.

To find information on the technique and benefits of any pose, you may refer to the Yoga Journal.