Soo… when I was in koh phangan for 3 weeks doing my #YTT in December. I was vegetarian and I was doing a minimum of 3 hours of asanas, postures, meditation etc for 6 days a week. 2 days after I became an official Yoga Teacher, I was back in Singapore and slowly started to introduce meat to my system again, I had indigestion and my stomach wasn’t happy. Also, I went back to the gym hitting it hard with the weights. As you can see in the first part of the video, it wasn’t my strongest form. I was shaking, my back was leaning forward too much, my hips are unstable & my knees were caving in & that was only a 20 kg dumbbell. (Video is up on my instagram page)
You see, I was standing on my head or balancing on chair pose or one leg at a time for 3 weeks, my body built a different kind of muscle. My slow twitch muscles came into play. When you do yoga poses, you’re putting your body in positions and orientations that you have to engage your deep muscles that isn’t necessarily explosive or requires brute strength, but those muscles are the ones that hold your spine up and allows you to hold a chair pose longer. I increased muscle tone and definition with yoga. But because I’m limited to “lifting” my own body weight, there was only so much strength I can build around my body weight. it will take a lot more skill, time, and determination to get the same result in strength training if I want to see a huge difference in my body in 3 weeks.
Yoga is just as effective as weights when it comes to building a stronger, more impressive physique. However, yoga isn’t about building an impressive physique. *gasps* SHOCKER 🙄
Yoga is about the mind, body connection and building resilient in your daily routine.
Depending on your goals, WEIGHTS ARE BEST FOR BUILDING BULK.
5 weeks later, I (PR) my front squat; body weight (50kg) with a 10×2 set by gradually increasing the weights as I went along. Not to mention, my Overhead Squat is a lot more balance. It great step up from that shaky DB front squat!
I love building muscles, it makes me feel strong from the inside out. So balancing weight training and practising yoga when I was back is literally a balancing act. But I am enjoying the whole process anyway. That’s why I started my own 6 Week Challenge because I wanted to be accountable for my own journey this January.
If all you’re looking to do is build muscle, the gym will be a more practical approach. Just know that exercising with progressively heavier resistance for the purpose of strengthening the musculoskeletal system is key. Keep in mind that the flexibility and mobility of your connective tissues and ligaments might not be the happiest.
Thank you for reading!
Until next time!