Lauren, I would like to comment on your post. I am a runner and a yogi and I find the best way to balance the two is to run and do yoga- at seperate times! I like to run on Friday, do yoga on Sunday and run some more on Monday. As long as you spread out the two long enough I garuntee your tight muscles will go away.
Shelli, I totally agree with you! I used to be a runner and now I've become a yoga devotee (I attend power classes a minimum of 3x per week). I find that if I do cardio or running, the following yoga class is a miserable experience! When I go to only yoga several times per week, it is enjoyable and the poses come to me more easily, as my body feels more open instead of stiff and tight. I'm not sure of the best way to combine cardio exercise with yoga - for now, I figure that power flow classes give my heart rate enough of a boost.
Cardio makes my muscles tight and hinders my flexibility before a yoga class...
I would if I could, because I enjoy it more, but people just don't have the time to do HOURS of yoga a day, unless they are an instructor.
Mia, those are my thoughts exactly. Different horses for different courses.
Um. So, several hours of yoga a day is equivalent to going running three to four times a week. I think you just proved the point of the ACE researchers.
On a side note, why would someone do yoga for aerobic fitness? Doesn't it have its own unique benefits?