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fdhunt1fdhunt1 Posts: 213Member, Premium Member Posts: 213Member, Premium Member
Is yoga considered exercise?

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  • Panini911Panini911 Posts: 2,325Member Member Posts: 2,325Member Member
    It would probably realllly depend on the class. I just started some really basic "flow" classes and my goal is stretching (as I have increased my running and am sore at times). This class is great for the body but no, it wouldn't really add much in the way of "exercise calories" for you to eat back.

    But I know SOME yoga classes are much more energetic.

    Ideally if you can find a heart rate monitor and see where your heart rate is during a given class you'll get an idea.
    edited August 2018
  • mrslyndamrslynda Posts: 50Member Member Posts: 50Member Member
    Yes. It usually isn't a big calorie burn, but it is movement, and movement promotes movement.
  • mbaker566mbaker566 Posts: 10,655Member Member Posts: 10,655Member Member
    hatha, restorative, yin not so much
    vinyasa(sp) can be more since it is more active.
  • apullumapullum Posts: 4,896Member Member Posts: 4,896Member Member
    Depends on how you define exercise. If exercise is simply movement in addition to the movement you do in your normal daily routine, then yes. But if exercise is strenuous activity or activity that burns a large number of calories, then no, unless you’re doing one of a few specific forms of yoga.
  • hesn92hesn92 Posts: 5,799Member Member Posts: 5,799Member Member
    For what purpose are you wanting to define it as exercise or not? Otherwise I'm not sure how to answer. Are you wanting to know if it will get your heart rate up? Depends on the type of yoga I suppose.
  • FireOpalCOFireOpalCO Posts: 641Member, Premium Member Posts: 641Member, Premium Member
    Yes it's exercise. Especially if you follow the poses correctly and actively engage the muscles as instructed. It's not cardio, it's more in line with strength training for the calories burned. I wouldn't do only yoga for exercise.

    I do yoga four times a week. Three flow classes and one yin class. My yin class is recorded but I reduce what MFP wants to claim as calories burned to 100 (which I don't eat back). I also do Orangetheory (heavy cardio with some weight training) twice a week about to bump up to 3 times a week next week.

  • OpenCode54OpenCode54 Posts: 3Member Member Posts: 3Member Member
    Yep, for sure it does and it's both exercise and relax therapy for your mind and body. If you don't know how to do it or what exactly you need to do, just take a look at morning yoga routine to get your day started the most righteous way you can only imagine. Tried it a few times and it a blast - you get energized for the rest of the day.
  • kenyonhaffkenyonhaff Posts: 1,301Member Member Posts: 1,301Member Member
    As others have said, there are MANY types of yoga...and it can be anything from meditative or restorative poses (which may not count much at all) to high intensity yoga which will challenge elite athletes.
  • urloved33urloved33 Posts: 3,361Member Member Posts: 3,361Member Member
  • AnnaStashAnnaStash Posts: 1Member Member Posts: 1Member Member
    One thing I did not see mentioned here is how some types of Yoga can build muscle. While not the same as a cardio burn, you will still burn more calories daily with greater muscle mass. So even simple flow classes where you do chair, warrior and planks you can build muscle in the arms, legs, and glutes. BEST of all yoga strengthens the mind!
  • springlering62springlering62 Posts: 722Member Member Posts: 722Member Member
    I do both heated and unheated “dynamic” vinyasa flow classes.

    In a 75 minute class, I typically record 60-65 minutes of actual flow on my Apple Watch. (I “end” the session on my watch before we do the typical final twist or inversion prior to shivasana.)

    I usually record 300-325 calories for a hot class, and 50-60 fewer for an unheated class.

    I’m pretty confident with how my watch is tracking my various exercises, however, I go pretty balls to the walls, trying everything that’s presented whether I can do it or not, and (for example) taking the second push-up option on chatarungas, or holding a full bind in side angle. I’m not the greatest yoga in the world, but I put a hella lot more effort in than some folks I see in class.

    I think that if you’re willing to put hard, consistent and thoughtful work into it, it is most definitely an “exercise”.

    Ironically, I don’t record my weight lifting sessions as exercise on my watch because there’s so much darned rest in between.

  • elenamocovanuelenamocovanu Posts: 16Member Member Posts: 16Member Member
    It all depends how you define exercise! For me exercising represents an activity which require physical effort, sustaining and improving my health. The best exercise for me is represented in the face of yoga. Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or which originated in ancient India, spreading soon all over the world. It’s a great way to work on my flexibility and strength, balancing my emotional and psychological states. Due to yoga, in some critical situation at work I can make the right decision without showing my emotions or weaknesses. Soon, I will participate in the yoga teacher training in Bali, gaining new experience and skills which I will use in daily life. More details about the course are on https://www.parahitayoga.com/.
  • AlanaReimann394AlanaReimann394 Posts: 1Member Member Posts: 1Member Member
    It all depends how you define exercise! For me exercising represents an activity which require physical effort, sustaining and improving my health. The best exercise for me is represented in the face of yoga. Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or which originated in ancient India, spreading soon all over the world. It’s a great way to work on my flexibility and strength, balancing my emotional and psychological states. Due to yoga, in some critical situation at work I can make the right decision without showing my emotions or weaknesses. Soon, I will participate in the yoga teacher training in Bali, gaining new experience and skills which I will use in daily life. More details about the course are on https://www.parahitayoga.com/.

    Good answer! Happy to find out that there are yoga courses all over the world which we can easily attend.
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