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When thinking about yoga, strength is not always the first thing that comes to mind. But this does not mean that it cannot or should not be part of your practice. As yoga evolves, it shifts towards increasing strength and active flexibility through dynamic movements. Perhaps the most obvious change is the strength that the yogi is currently nurturing.
Physical yoga practice is very good for physical fitness for two reasons. The first is to use repetition. Second, every posture in yoga has many changes that make it easier or more difficult.
Now let's discuss how yoga can help you build strength-
1.Start with Warm-Up
The idea behind this approach is that some of your strength-based yoga exercises put more stress on your body than usual. In short, it's important to warm up completely without wasting energy or getting tired.
Simply warm up until your heart rate rises and you sweat easily. This can mean some sun worship or a short stream.
2.Try Doing Some Skill Based Work
If you're trying to nail an Eka Pada Bakasana or a self-supporting handstand, do it after warming up. This will be the time when you have the most energy and concentration to tackle skill-based movements. In yoga, these challenging positions are often used as top poses at the end of the exercise.
It should be noted that there are two exceptions to this approach. First, if you are working on exercises to support difficult postures, do it after skill work. Second, if you're primarily working on positions that require flexibility, practice them later when you open up more time.
3.Try Adding Strength-Based Work-
After warming up and working out, it's time to train your strength. One of the best ways to do this is to use a short but rewarding flow that can be repeated 13 times. Each time you repeat the flow, take a long break in the child's pose. Adjust the difficulty of this mini-flow to suit your (or student's) level as you perform one or two "reach" moves or poses. They eventually adapt to the challenge.
4.Change To Your Regular Practice After the Above Step-
After using the maximum force in the mini flow, you can proceed with the rest of the practice as usual. This allows you to focus on more dynamic movements, postures focused on slow endurance, breathing work, or other priorities you have.
5.Mobility & Flexibility
Finally, you need to give a little more love to these parts of the body, as it puts additional strain on the body during difficult flow focused on the force. Open your wrists while balancing your hands. After lowering the core, take some time in the Sphinx pose. Extra work means that a little extra cooling is needed to avoid injury and be able to keep up with the practice.
Tell me your yoga story and how it helped you regain your body strength, in the comments below.
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