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Can Yoga Strengthen Your Muscles

There has always been this illusion that yoga is a workout regime designed only for women. You see, people thought, and still think, that yoga can’t build muscles. Come to think of it, some people don’t even consider yoga a “workout regime” solely because of that reason. Well, to be honest, I think that people who claim this haven’t even tried yoga out. I hope that this article will open your eyes and make you not judge a book by its covers. It is a fact that there is a hell of a lot more women doing yoga, but that doesn’t mean yoga isn’t for men, or that yoga can’t develop muscles.

Use Yoga to Strengthen Your Muscles

If you follow the world of tennis like I do, one name will stick out. That name is Novak Djokovic, a regular number on the ATP rankings list. He has broken plenty of records and beaten pretty much every “big-shot” in the game. He is number one.

So, why did I start talking about Novak all of a sudden? Simply because Novak stated in many different interviews that he practices and loves yoga. He also said that yoga helped him become better at tennis. Although he isn’t muscular and doesn’t look that strong, you definitely need strength if you want to play tennis, especially if you want to be the best in the game.

So, yes – yoga can definitely build muscles. However, you must keep in mind that yoga can’t give you that look that bodybuilders have. That’s because yoga isn’t a workout made just for gaining muscles. Yoga is a mixture of spiritual and physical exercises. It is designed so that you can relax your mind and body, and also strengthen them.

With that being said, you will gain strength, flexibility and an ability to relieve stress and anxiety and many more benefits just from yoga. If you mix yoga with some other sport, like basketball for example, or even bodybuilding, you would be on an entirely new level. So, yoga alone won’t get you six-packs, big biceps, and huge shoulders, but it can develop natural strength in your muscles and make them more durable.

The poses that you can try for strength training days are:

I would also like to give you a piece of advice. The best thing that you can do if you want to reach insane levels of strength and take your physique to another level is to mix things up. You can use bodybuilding, calisthenics, Cross Fit or something similar for strength and muscle gaining training, and you can use yoga for muscle relaxation and endurance workouts.

A mixture of calisthenics and yoga for strength and relaxation is also very effective.

And there you go. Yoga can strengthen your muscles but it will be way more effective if you use yoga as an add-on to another workout regime. If you want to change your body, then you can choose this.