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This is How You Make Your Yoga Practice a Cardio Workout

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Obviously yoga has all sorts of benefits—just ask Lena Dunham. But its one drawback (if you can even call it that) is that while you certainly leave a vinyasa class feeling rejuvenated, you sometimes feel like you need to go on a run for a cardio boost. Sound familiar?

Thankfully, new research in Complementary Therapies in Medicine indicate that yoga can meet the American Heart Association’s cardio guidelines (which recommends 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise weekly)—if you do it rapidly.

To study this, researchers at the University of Miami put sensors on 22 healthy adult men and women as they completed as many sun salutations in eight minutes as they could. There were two speeds: Participants would hold poses for three seconds each, or 12 seconds each.

 

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