Why I combine strength training, yoga and high intensity interval training (HIIT). Coming from a cross training backgroud, I made the switch to yoga a few years back. That was like moving from one extreme to the other. Hard and intense workouts changed to calm and relaxed practice sessions. Yoga was brilliant. It gave me a complete understanding of my body and made me aware of the importance of flexibility, mobility, stillness and balance.
After practicing yoga for a bit, i landed up in Thailand to attend Ido Portal’s movement camp in 2017. And it was there that Ido himself pointed out to me that doing yoga is great, but I need to mix it up with other things. Being the pioneer of the movement culture worldwide, he continued saying that only practicing yoga for many years might be good, but you land up losing that ‘bounce’. By bounce he meant quickness, agility and speed.
I didnt quite get what he said till a few months back.
Its only recently that I realised that my body had benefitted immensely through doing only yoga for 2 years, but it had also made me slow and laid back. I had lost my ‘edge’. Being an athlete all my life, having that ‘edge’ is very improtant. I’m sure other athletes will undertand this.
So I started experimenting by adding HIIT into my weekly schedule. The difference this time was i used the knowledge and wisdom gained through yoga to train smart. I removed all the high impact and risky excercises, to create a HIIT workout which doesn’t take a toll on the body in the long run.
Combining strength training, HIIT and yoga into my weekly practice, made me feel alive again. The yoga sessions on the next day after an intense HIIT workout were perfect to release any soreness caused from the HIIT workout. The combination brought about perfect balance in me, mentally and physically. It took me a while to create a program to achieve that ‘balance’. After I was happy with the results it had on me, I introduced the program in my classes, from January 2019.
I’ve had a great response so far and have some interesting plans for my students in the coming months.