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judson_jebaraj82010-07-04 20:50:32 +0000 #1
Hi all,

I'm new to Yoga, I'm doing building exercise, now I want to do yoga also. I want to do both Yoga and Building. First half an hour I'm doing Yoga and next one and half an hour I'm doing body building. If I'm wrong please someone correct me, how can I do both.
Hubert2010-07-04 21:00:09 +0000 #2
If your purpose is to maintain flexibility while building up muscle, it is best to do streching after you work the muscles. But some do weight training every third day, and streching in the days between.

I realize that after a body building session, there is no energy left for yoga, because yoga is not just streching but also isometric contractions. So I'd do them on different days, if you really want to do them both.
InnerAthlete2010-07-04 21:01:41 +0000 #3
There is nothing inherently "wrong" with what you are doing. It is completely about your purpose (or goals). If you share those with us it would be a pleasure to give you feedback on what you are doing relative to what you want to receive.
Trinity2010-07-04 21:56:57 +0000 #4
Hi,

Yoga is a great way to balance out your body and a super way to combine with other exercises. Depending on what postures you are focusing on yoga can be great for increasing both strength and flexibility. The combination you are doing sounds perfect.

Anna
jack022010-07-04 22:25:23 +0000 #5
My friend when you do yoga consistently it can increase your strength. Strength

through yogic stretching is related to your golgi tendon reflex

threshold, which limits a contraction well short of the point at

which the tendons would be injured. Regular stretching gives your muscles the ability to fire more

efficiently without shutting down in response to stretched tendons.
ScottHughes2010-07-04 23:19:20 +0000 #6
If you eat more calories than you burn, you will gain weight.

I'm not a body builder, per se. I do lift weights, though. I like doing both weight lifting and yoga exercises, because I feel I'm getting a more well-balanced exercise.
alext2010-07-04 22:04:58 +0000 #7
hello, i am new here and to yoga as well. is there a yoga style that combines both body building (or simple toning) and yoga discipline? i'd like to do just one complete exercise if it is possible. thank you in advance for your response.
yogiforlife2010-07-04 22:26:44 +0000 #8
Not sure if there is one specific one, I'm sure one could be designed to fit your needs. Combining some harder versions of Asanas and increasing the length of time you stay in them would tone your muscles, give you definition, not sure about size. I tried to combine Yoga with weight training years ago, couldn't do it, they seemed like opposites, creating a conflict in me, one had to be eliminated and weight training was the one.
InnerAthlete2010-07-04 23:30:17 +0000 #9
Body building, not weight lifting, power lifting, or weight training, right?

In body building the goal is lean muscle mass and lots of it, usually for competition purposes.

The asana portion of yoga does not build muscle mass. Why? Because the resistance or load placed on the muscle typically doesn't vary or increase.

While it might feel good, bring health, or provide a myriad of other "benefits" it is not directly contributing to body building. There is no "style" of yoga that provides what you seek as if there were it would, in fact, no be yoga at all.

Simple toning is completely different, physiologically.

Getting this sort of thing out of an asana practice is possible. I don't know why one would take up yoga for it as it leaves about 7/8 of yoga on the side of the roadway like rubbish. Nevertheless, yes is the answer.

The friskier practices would contribute - Ashtanga, Power, Vinyasa, Flow, Bikram.

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Originally Posted by alext



hello, i am new here and to yoga as well. is there a yoga style that combines both body building (or simple toning) and yoga discipline? i'd like to do just one complete exercise if it is possible. thank you in advance for your response.
alext2010-07-05 00:04:54 +0000 #10
Inner Athlete, thank you for the clarification. I simply meant toning and tightening of the muscles, not gaining muscle mass. I've been doing some research on the internet and found some interesting websites on yoga poses and yoga styles. That's how I came across this site. Another one I find interesting is ABC-of-Yoga.com. They have pose by pose guides along with instructional text.

I shall take note of your advice. Thank you for your help.

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