Yoga has been booming for years now. It’s easy to see why; it’s more than an exercise, it’s a lifestyle. It calms and relaxes the mind, body, and spirit. It strengths muscles, improves flexibility, increases endurance, and so much more. But as great as yoga is, cross training with a few other types of exercise is a great way to not only add some variety to your workout routine but also to make you a better yogi!
Cycling, thanks to the likes of SoulCycle, has blasted off in terms of popularity. But these two trendy exercises don’t have to compete as they actually complement one another. Cycling requires you to dig deep to push through the class, just like intense yoga. Breathing is vital to cycling, something that all yogis can benefit from. Plus, cycling not only strengthens leg muscles but also does wonders for hamstrings, which can improve flexibility in yoga class.
It might seem like kickboxing and yoga are on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to relaxing, but in reality, they’re just different methods of achieving that. Instead of meditating, kickboxing is an outlet to blow of steam and frustration. So if you’re feeling too hopped up or angry to settle into a relaxing yoga class, sign up for a kickboxing class to release in a safe and controlled environment.
Not everyone who practices yoga can easily master breath work and meditation. If that’s the case with you, consider taking up swimming. Swimming is an amazing exercise, and the rhythmic breathing and limited distractions help hone breathing and meditative skills. Plus, swimming is a full body workout like yoga so some laps will help strengthen muscles too.
If we’re being honest, most yoga classes don’t focus on cardio. Cardio is an important part of exercising though. The great thing about cardio workouts is that there are tons out there, and you just have to find the one that works for you. Whether that’s running laps or doing a cardio workout class, integrating cardio into your workout routine will improve your body, which you’ll definitely notice next time you step on the mat.
People often confuse Pilates and yoga, and although the two are different they compliment each other well. Pilates is all about core strength. Not every yoga class focuses on core building, so if you feel you’re lacking in that try out a few Pilates classes.
Whether you’re bored with yoga, feel like you’re in a rut, or just looking to try something new, those five exercises compliment yoga the best. If you want to learn more or want to sign up for one of our great yoga classes, feel free to contact us.