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How would you fit yoga into this exercise routine?

Asked by lucillelucillelucille (27545points) August 26th, 2010

I lift weights 6 days a week,alternating upper and lower body on opposite days.I do some form of aerobic exercise 7 days a week from 30 minutes to an hour or more.I want to start yoga again (about an hour routine) but am not sure where to fit it in.Should I combine the weights to one day?Should I split up the yoga or do it daily??Where would I get the most benefit…—without dropping dead of exhaustion? XD

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muppetish's avatar

I always encourage people to pick up daily yoga. Even a short, twenty-minute stretch would be good for the body and mind. Try a lighter, relaxed routine on days when you intend to lift weights or aerobics as a warm-up (more focus on breathing than on holding poses.) Once a week, instead of aerobics, you could work do a more intensive yoga session.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@muppetfish- It sounds reasonable.Now I just have to figure out which poses to do! I have alot of books and a few tapes,and it is alot of info.Before,I used to try to fit it all in and it was too much.
Thanks for the advice :)

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille Do you get FIT tv where you are?

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe -I have no idea and in fact,have to resist the temptation to throw it out the window on a daily basis,:)

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille FIT tv is a channel devoted to fitness. They have a NAMASTE yoga show on several times a day.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe -Hmmm…not familiar with it. i do have a book that I will most likely use.Thanks for the info :0

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

Definitely do it daily.

muppetish's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille Thirty minutes, or even a bit less, should be perfectly fine before a day of lifting weights. For warm-ups, I focus on twelve poses I picked up from one program: (1) cat, (2) mountain, (3) standing forward bend, (4) lunge, (5) tree, (6) standing side stretch, (7) downward facing dog, (8) cobra, (9) child, (10) seated spinal twist, (11) seated forward bend, and (12) final relaxation pose (which is lying down quietly and focusing on your breathing.)

On days when you’re doing an hour-long routine, you can target more specific areas of the body you want to give a good workout.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@muppetish -Thank you so much! :))
@Simone_De_Beauvoir -Thank you,I probably will :)

Cruiser's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille My unprofessional opinion is you are getting all the strength training you need and I would seek out poses and routines that encourage stretching the opposing muscles that you work out that day. If you are doing upper body than poses like Cobra, Cow Face, downward dog, Eagle pose, Child pose will help you create balance in the upper body and on the days you work your legs I would do Pidgeon, Tree, Camel, Shooting Bow pose, Triangle, and no workout would be complete without doing the The Wind Relieving Pose.
Again the focus is on helping the legs and hips stay balanced and here is a series of Hip Openers that any one or more will help you further your workout efforts with these amazing poses.

PM me if you have any questions or need a private lesson!! ;D

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