Written by Sandy Braz, Certified Yoga Instructor | Photography by Paul Buceta
Here’s something you may not know: A little bit of yoga can benefit your efforts in the weight room. Surprised? Don’t be. Yoga boosts your awareness of your body and helps strengthen that all-important mind-muscle connection, which can make a significant difference when you pick up the weights. Think of it this way: a bicep curl is more likely to be effective if all of your focus is on the working muscle, than if your mind is wandering to the last episode of Game of Thrones. Get it?
Even if you’re new to yoga, a few minutes in some simple postures and the practice of being ‘present’ can result in a positive effect on your workouts. This classic yoga flow—an extension of the Sun Salutation series—is a favorite amongst yogis, but is basic enough for beginners.
Try doing five rounds of this sequence, flowing from one pose to the next—and remember not to rush. If your thoughts stray from your practice, bring your focus back to your breath, drawing your awareness inward.
Sun Salutation B:
You’ll be repeating the sequence equally on both sides of your body; what you do on the right side you will be repeating on the left.
Tip: Exhale when exerting force (like holding the Downward Dog pose) and inhale while transitioning from one pose to the next.