top of page
  • Writer's pictureCG

Is Yoga Enough to Build Strength?

We get asked this question very often, so today we're going to break it down for you. In this blog post, we'll discuss the benefits of yoga, whether yoga is enough to build strength, and if you need to incorporate weight training to your fitness regime.

Benefits of yoga:

First, let's talk about yoga. Yoga is an ancient, spiritual practice that is known to benefit your mind, body and soul. There are different branches within yoga, however today we will be focusing on the physical practice, also known as 'asana'.

Practicing yoga is widely known to:

  • improve flexibility

  • improve posture

  • increase balance

  • reduce symptoms of anxiety + depression

  • have a positive impact on your mental health

  • promote better sleep

  • improve cardiovascular health

  • reduce stress

  • improve strength

Yoga vs Resistance Training:

However, the question remains whether yoga is enough to build muscle strength?

The answer to this question completely depends on your fitness goals, and how much strength or muscle mass you are looking to build.

Yoga is a bodyweight workout, which utilizes one's own bodyweight as resistance and can significantly build and tone muscles. So yes, yoga does build strength to a certain extent. However, if you're looking to push past your limits, and build more muscle mass, then resistance training is needed.

Resistance training, such as weight lifting, uses external weights to create resistance and build muscle mass. This type of training can enhance your bone density, increase your metabolism, and improve your overall muscular strength and endurance. It also prevents you from getting injuries.

So, what's the verdict?

We believe that the answer to the question 'is yoga enough to build strength' really depends on your fitness goals. There are many benefits of yoga on your overall health + wellbeing, and just like any form of movement, you can challenge yourself by increasing hold time or reps in each asana. Resistance training is also an important factor to consider as it protects your from injuries, especially in the long run.

If your goal is to lower stress levels, improve flexibility and fluidity, and stay fit without focusing on building muscle mass, then yes yoga is enough for you.

However, if you’re looking to build muscle mass + strength, then we believe it’s important to incorporate a mix of some resistance training. This can be in the form of stability balls and booty bands, or in the form of heavier weights and equipment - depending on your goals.

Our advice:

While each type of exercise has its unique benefits, incorporating a combination of yoga, resistance training and cardio will give you a well-rounded approach to building strength, increasing stamina and improving overall physical fitness.

6 views0 comments
bottom of page