Cardio yoga: The new Pilates

Wednesday 31st March 2021 06:55 EDT

Home exercises are all the rage these days and cardio yoga is the most sought after style of exercise. It has become increasingly popular among those who enjoy the relaxation benefits of yoga but demand more intensity. Cardio yoga has its benefits, specific workouts, and how it compares with other forms of cardio.

Rooted in Indian philosophy, yoga focuses on poses, breathing techniques, and meditation practices to enhance consciousness and relieve anxiety. The practice has become increasingly popular throughout the world as was to lose weight, relieve stress, improve sleep and boost mental and emotional health. While there are different types of yoga, they aren't really considered cardio or aerobic exercises.

Meanwhile, cardio yoga workouts involve performing yoga-inspired movements at a quicker pace and with continuous flow to engage more muscles and challenge the cardiovascular or circulatory system. It incorporates dynamic movements that ramp up the intensity and elevate one's heart rate.

As there is no definition of cardio yoga, instructors usually mix in their favourite movements and movement sequences. The Surya Namaskar, or Sun Salutation is a series of postures performed in a sequence. Other postures include the Child's pose pushup, leg lift pigeon sequence, and walk downs. Perform these postures as part of a routine. Perform each movement 10-15 times before moving into the next exercise.

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