In a world with so many exercise options it can be confusing to figure out what works or what you will enjoy. I love many different types of exercise and I enjoy changing it up often to avoid getting bored. My 2 favourite types of exercise are Yoga and weight lifting. Initially, I thought that the two wouldn’t go together and always ended up choosing one over the other. Over the past few years years, I’ve realized that not only do they go together, but they also complement each other perfectly. Although Yoga is great at building natural strength, for someone looking to put muscle on, strength training is the way to go. In my case, it has only improved my Yoga poses. Similarly, for those who put on weight easily and are looking to slim down, Yoga is one of the best ways to tone your muscles and develop flexibility. When I lift weights I often incorporate many Yoga poses after to stretch out my muscles, so even on a weight lifting day I do a little Yoga too. I will discuss my top 5 strength building exercise that will help with your Yoga practice. Do these exercise up to 3 times a week, you can do them one after another doing each for 10-12 reps with 3 sets in total.

Yogi Amanda Denton Lunge

Lunge

This exercise is very effective during yoga as you will be in many poses similar to this. When starting this exercise use your body weight but move up to holding weights. When you do warrior 1 or warrior 2 with no weights you will find it much easier and you will be able to hold the pose much longer. Yoga requires using so much of your leg muscles training them is very important.

Yogi Amanda Denton Shoulder Press

Shoulder Press

Strong shoulders are a must in Yoga as poses such as down dog puts a lot of strain on your shoulders. Even holding Warrior 2 can use so much shoulder strength. Do this exercise sitting or standing just be sure to hold your core tight to protect your lower back.

Yogi Amanda Denton Tricep Kick Back

Tricep Kick Back 

If your practice incorporates Chattauranga you will understand why this pose is so important. Chattauranga uses a lot of tricep strength and making your triceps stronger will help this pose so much.

Yogi Amanda Denton Back Rows

Back Rows 

A strong back helps your Yoga practice greatly. There are many poses that require you to be folded forward so training your back will with help your posture.

Yogi Amanda Denton Squats

Squats 

This is my all around favourite exercise and I try to do 100 3-4 times a week – sounds like a lot but you can easily build to that. Start with using your body weight then move to holding weights. This exercise helps build strength in your legs and glutes (butt muscles). Be sure to put most of your weight in your heels and push through your heels. All standing poses use so much leg strength doing this pose will make your legs very strong.