One way yoga builds muscle
What's up guys!
One interesting way that yoga builds muscle without heavy external resistance such as barbells is by "occlusion". Occlusion can happen a few different ways, you can literally tie a tourniquet around your arm and then perform an exercise (there are studies on this) or you can apply constant tension to the muscles by engaging fully and not being lazy during the pose or exercise. Done correctly many yoga poses provide a very powerful isometric contraction to the muscles. Sustained effort by the muscles either in a flexed or stretched position for a around 60-90 seconds causes a build up of lactic acid and a lack of oxygen within the muscles which contribute to release of growth factors within the muscle contributing to enhanced protein synthesis and muscle and strength gains all without the wear and tear of using heavy weights. If you'd like to learn more about using yoga and bodyweight training to build sustainable strength and reach your health and fitness goals then I'd love for you to come and check out one of my upcoming workshops. Next one will be November 21st in St. Louis at All N 1 Fitness. Check out the link below and I'll see you there!