Pairing yoga with weights such as dumbbells and kettlebells is a trend that doesn't seem to be leaving anytime soon, and for good reason.Here are four reasons why pairing yoga with weights is a great idea followed by our recommendations for using the Gravity Ball to improve your yoga practice.
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Improve Your Poses
If you’re looking to achieve more challenging poses like handstands, combining weights with your practice may be just what you’re looking for. The Yoga Journal lists several exercises to strengthen muscles for specific poses.
Balance Those Muscles
Many yoga poses focus on pressing movements like Chaturanga, according to Women’s Health Magazine which recommends exercises such as rows that extend and strengthen the back muscles in order to balance the body and improve posture.
Take Your Fitness To Another Level
Yoga with weights can also have an appeal for fitness lovers looking to change up or increase the intensity of their workout. Fitness Magazine featured their “Pumped Up Poses” which includes the “Warrior Crunch” and other yoga poses done with weights and repetitions.
Blend Mind Body Health
Resistance exercise can help you build muscle mass while yoga provides muscle tone and flexibility, according to yogi-weight lifter, Charu Chandra for Mind Body Green. He talks about how adding resistance exercise to his yoga practice has allowed him to become stronger and to do more challenging poses.
Stress relief can also be gained through the combination of controlled aggression found in resistance exercise and relaxation found in yoga, said Chandra.
Here are four Gravity Ball exercises we recommend for improving your yoga practice:
- Shoulder Shrugs and Front Shoulder Raises - Strengthen the arms, back and shoulders for Downward-Facing Dog, Chaturanga or Dolphin Pose
- Leg Curl - Increase hamstring strength for one leg poses such as tree pose
- Lunge Arc - Strengthen the quads for warrior poses while performing a chest opening arc and improving balance
Handstands: why they are great and how to take them to the next level
Using the Gravity Ball™ in the Warrior II Pose