Some practices for building strength and increasing muscle mass have been proven to be effective since the ancient times in which they were first founded. Similarly to how the Deer Antler has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries, yoga has been practiced for thousands of years as a tool to hone in the strength of the mind, body and spirit. Combining breathing techniques with a series of balanced and careful movements, yoga tones the whole body from the inside out, while quietening the mind allowing for self-reflection and mindful stillness. However, unlike weight training, yoga appears more delicate and is often considered a more effeminate form of bodybuilding. Yoga, in fact, has been and is practiced by people from all walks of life, particularly martial arts practitioners. Excellent for core strength, yoga teaches discipline and an inherent knowledge of the body, allowing for more purposeful, balanced movement in life. Here are a few positions that focus on core strength. Prepare for them to be harder than you realise!
- Dolphin Plank
- Thread-the-Needle Side Plank