Can you get buff doing only yoga, or is cardio needed too?
These pictures are amazing. I have a few yoga instructors who have the most amazing bodies say that they only do yoga, no cardio. How do you feel about that? I do a lot of vinyasa flow classes and definitely work up a sweat, but I still feel like I need to do some cardio after. What are your feelings on this? –Valerie
a yogi answers
I love cardio! I was an elite adventure racer for some time and I still run marathons and compete in triathlons. There is nothing like getting the endorphine rush from running or feeling like I’m deep in meditation during a swim. For me, yoga is the perfect compliment to anything I do. If you want to run, go for it; bootcamp, go for it; Tour de France, go for it! Yoga is only going to enhance your performance! - Ted
What is the best yoga/cardio mix? Should I alternate days I spin, for example, with days that I do yoga, or is it okay to do both in one day? If I do both in one day, should I do yoga first or cardio first? - Jackie
a yogi answers
Hi Jackie, It’s totally fine to do cardio and yoga in the same day! I do it all the time. If possible do your cardio first then yoga. It’s much better for your muscles and your mind! You’ll feel more relaxed too!
- Ted, lululemon Malibu ambassador
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