Strength training can make you strong, and yoga can make you strong. But strength training and yoga together can make you stronger—both in your practice and in your life. They not only go together, but they also complement each other perfectly.

In my case, yoga has significantly improved my strength training. It helps to address my areas where so many of us often have limitations. Specifically, mobilizing my hamstrings, decompress my vertebra, assist in relieving inflammation caused by a tight IT band, and allow for deeper hip flexion and rotation. Yoga also has increase my ability to maintain thoracic extension in both seated and squatting positions. (And a big bonus for most people is it’ll help with reducing lower back pain).

Do an experiment and combined the two. Each person has a different body type, goal, recovery time, time constraints, etc. What worked for me may not work for you. Gradually implement yoga into your routine and see how your body reacts to it. For me, it’s four days of strength and one day of yoga. If you enjoy the challenge of hitting pull-ups, increasing your squats and deads – it is just as rewarding when you nail an arm balance or inversion.

Lead from the front. Trust your path. Lace up your own shoes, and wear them proudly!

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