I believe in having balance in all things. Having too much of one thing can be unhealthy. So even too much of yoga cannot be good. In my workout routine I try to have a good balance of yoga, cardio, and weight training. Walking lunges with weights are my favorite right now. Yoga and walking lunges have many similar benefits. Each compliments the other and by doing both your body can become stronger and more flexible.
Walking lunges are great for improving your balance, strength, and flexibility. The areas it targets the most are your hips, glutes, and core. Many yoga poses and vinyasas target these as well! With this simple addition to your workout routine, you will soon be able to see an improvement in your yoga practice. Your balance, endurance, and flexibility will improve faster than if you were just doing yoga alone.
When I first committed to adding these lunges to my routine, I dreaded them and would ignore them on most days. But now I have come to love them because they have made such a difference in strengthening my body and my yoga practice.
Start with no weights, then work your way up. You can use a barbell over your shoulders or hold a weight close to your chest like I do here. You can even hold individual weights on both sides of your body, which can help with balance as you move. Remember to keep your knees behind your toes and your chest up high. And then... just like you do in yoga... remember to breathe.
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