Just as dog lovers tend to favor either small or large pups, yogis generally fall into slow or fast camps. So which is better? Glad you asked! A smart yoga routine should incorporate both—ideally one power vinyasa sesh for every two slow sequences (like hatha) per week, according to Melanie Potiaumpai, a doctoral research assistant at the University of Miami. Each type has its own perks; choose your day’s flow based on the body benefits below. (Get a variety of yoga routines for mind and body bliss from Women’s Health’s With Yoga DVD.).
Moving through rapid transitions will…
- Burn up to two more calories per minute than slow flows (that’s 120 extra cals torched in an hour-long class), says new research.
- Increase muscle activation significantly, helping you get stronger faster (FYI, your muscles will recover during static poses).
- Reduce pulled-muscle injuries, thanks to the extra-dynamic stretches.
This article originally appeared in the June 2017 issue of Women’s Health. For more great advice, pick up a copy of the issue on newsstands now!
Source: Fast or Slow Yoga