Q&A Wednesday

Q&A: The secret question

A bunch of you asked me if yoga was “enough” or if you should incorporate some other forms of exercise into your rotation.

This is a yes and no answer, but I also got the feeling that I needed to read between the lines on this one. So I’ll answer the question of whether or not I think yoga is enough, as well as address some of the underlying questions I know some people are too shy to ask 😉

Keep in mind this was a LOT of me thinking out loud and being generally nerdy, so your patience is appreciated! 😉


Over to you! What other forms of movement do you do in addition to yoga? How has yoga enhanced or influenced those other practices?

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    Eleonora Cosner

    January 18, 2017 at 6:54 am

    I am a yoga teacher so of course I practise yoga regularly, but at some point I started needing something different (also because I don’t often like my yoga practice to be body-centered), thus I started training in calisthenics ?
    So I mostly do yoga, calisthenics, some walking and if I feel inspired by someone or something I also try different things! 🙂

    Much Love x

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    Nicole Ascher

    January 18, 2017 at 8:01 am

    I was told by my doctor to do more cardio. I have scolosis and it affects my breathing. I joined a HIT gym and I am enjoying it and seeing results with my breathing. It was hard at first to find time to get on the mat but I am happy to say I am practicing in the morning before I go to work. Thank you for this topic.

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    January 18, 2017 at 8:23 am

    I take dance classes as well. Mostly because I am having fun in dance class, but it’s a great cardio workout as well. I bike to work (which is faster than going by car or public transportation anyway), and I try to get a walk in on days when I don’t have other exercises planned. I spend my time walking catching up on my favourite podcasts or listening to music.

    By the way, my voice lessons are great for body awareness, just like yoga. Sometimes it feels like a workout, too!

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    January 18, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Years ago I did Ashtanga yoga with a teacher who had such an impressively toned body as if you would think she were a bodybuilder only then less bulky and more feminine, and the poses she was able to do were like the things you only get to see at cirque de soleil. I was amazed when she told me that she didnt lift any weights. Ofcourse it still took lots of push ups, planking, etc, but still… I like the idea of only using the weight and resistance of your own body. To me it feels more natural. Perhaps it takes more time and practice, and probably it is also a matter of exactly knowing how to use the weigths, but having a back injury history it just somehow feels safer. Or is this a misconception?

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    January 18, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Hey Erin,

    I practice yoga everyday additionally I do TRX core workouts 3× a week, strength training w/cardio 2 a week along with a barre or plates workout once a week. I find that they all work together to help me get stronger, more flexible and toned. At 53 I am stronger now than I was when I was younger.

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    January 18, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Should. Be Pilates not plates!

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    January 19, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    Hi Bertine (and Erin, and all),
    I’ve been doing body weight training since I was a kid. I don’t lift weights, but that’s not to say that I don’t lift things of weight. I’ve done forestry, trail work, carpentry, etc. I’ve hauled rocks, logs, sacks full of grain, and backpacks full of groceries. With any type of training, body weight or external weight, I feel like technique is the most important, and that does take time to develop. However, it’s that body awareness that will transcend disciplines. Listen to your body, and get the benefit of others’ experience to learn the right technique for anything you do.
    I have also had back pain from a car accident in 2001. Stretching (gently at first!) was helpful, but strengthening my back muscles in addition to stretching them made such a big difference. Consider adding minor exercises to your practices that strengthen your back. There is always an easier way and a more challenging way to do anything.
    I have also done gymnastics, wrestled, boxed, practiced various forms of martial arts, and a couple of forms of dance, and when I started doing yoga, I found I really, REALLY appreciated the way it complemented everything else, and showed me where I needed to put more focus in my regular stretching routine.
    Thanks, Erin, for doing what you do. Thanks everyone, for sharing the mat.

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    Laurie Pettigrew

    January 23, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    Erin, this is exactly the question I was contemplating asking! Great answer and just what I needed to hear. Thanks!

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