When I first started teaching yoga 20 years ago, students asked if they still had to jog or do cardiovascular exercises to keep fit, in addition to their yoga practice. I would answer, “if you are into jogging etc. go ahead , but regular yoga practice will meet your cardiovascular needs.”
Today the question is about weight lifting.
The answer again is, “If you are into weight lifting, go ahead, but yoga practice promotes good bone health!”
Please know that in yoga practice as set out by BKS iyengar, we are lifting our own body weight and helping our bone health.
Yoga is a weight-bearing exercise.
We have a method not just of moving the joints, which promotes increased circulation to the joints and the bones, but methods of squeezing the bone with the layer of muscle closest to the bone. At the same time we extend the bones, we are using muscle strength of lifting body weight.