6 Benefits of Yoga Sculpt

  • Cora Mitchell
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As much as I love a super high intensity, fast paced workout, I will always be a sucker for a low impact, intentional, vinyasa class. In the past I would often drag myself to the gym or a workout class in order to fulfill my body's craving of sweat and intensity, leaving my mind and energy at the door. Although I had always seen the physical benefits of yoga, the mental benefits were what made me fall in love with it in the first place. For me, each type of class or workout fulfilled a different purpose. Until Yoga Sculpt came along….

When I heard that there was a yoga class that combined vinyasa flow, resistance training, and cardio I knew I had found the workout that merged my wants and needs. Yoga sculpt quickly became part of my weekly routine and I was able to indulge myself in the mental aspects of a conventional yoga class, mixed with the strength-building exercises of a high intensity workout. It was a win-win!

Here are six benefits of yoga sculpt. I could list more, but you’ll just have to try it for yourself to see what it’s all about!

1. Mind and Body Focus 

Yoga sculpt has a strong focus on strength and intensity. Sculpt practice combines cardio and weights, making it unlike your typical yoga classes and more like a workout class. However, what sets yoga sculpt apart from other intense workouts is that yoga sculpt, like all yoga classes, has a mental and emotional focus. Not only do these classes strengthen your body, but they also strengthen and challenge your mind.

2. Creates a Safe Yoga Practice

A huge benefit of sculpt classes is that it provides an opportunity for both advanced and beginner yogis to target the muscles they need to have a strong and safe yoga practice. The muscles targeted in sculpt are not typically strengthened in a classic vinyasa class, but are necessary in your practice. People who are especially flexible can often hyper-extend into the joints, this practice helps strengthen the muscles surrounding and supporting the joints. Not to mention, yoga sculpt is the perfect way to cross-train for yoga because of the focus on cardio and resistance. I can attest to this by saying that nothing has made my yoga practice stronger both mentally and physically than cross-training with yoga sculpt.

3. It’s Sweaty!!! 

Sculpt sweats away stress! Once you get moving through the yoga poses and then add the weight training intervals, you are literally dripping with salt water. Yoga sculpt will help you get that heart pounding workout in, while also stretching out with some yoga poses. You’ll leave the class with the sweat to prove it.

4.Options, Options, Options!

Yoga Sculpt is a class that will never become “too easy” or “too hard.” You'll get a great workout whether you are a seasoned practitioner or a newcomer. By having the ability to increase or decrease the amount of weight you use, you are always able to make it more or less challenging. One of the best things about the class is that you can always modify your practice, you can even do the class without weights and still benefit!

5. Energizing

Yoga Sculpt is perfect for when that cup of coffee just won’t do it. With Yoga Sculpt you get a lasting energy boost and a sweaty workout at the same time. You will leave the mat refreshed and ready to take on your day. The incorporation of a final savasana ensures that you have the opportunity to channel your energy inward and restore and revitalize the hard-working mind and body. In college every time I had a big day of studying I would start my bay with a sculpt class, leaving the matt refreshed and ready to take on my day without the caffeine crash.

6. It's Fun!

When you combine yoga, cardio, sweat, and up-beat music, your workout is transformed. I am a firm believer that good music can make anything fun, and sculpt classes are notorious for being taught to a fun and upbeat playlist. Go by yourself, Yoga sculpt can be your workout or just an excuse to have a fun, hot, and sweaty dance party.

Cora Mitchell was born and raised in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She was a competitive ski racer, swimmer, and outdoors enthusiast, but after a few major injuries her body could no longer keep up with her thrill-seeking lifestyle.

After moving to California for college, Cora knew she needed to find another activity to fill her void. For years her sister, an avid and talented yogi, urged her to integrate yoga into her weekly routine, but it wasn't until Cora began practicing consistently that she fell in love. Yoga was the perfect thing to ease both the mental and physical stress of college and a new lifestyle.

Cora is studying sustainability and communications at Santa Clara University. She is highly interested in and passionate about wellness, specifically yoga mindfulness practices. When Cora discovered YogaToday, she jumped at the opportunity to combine her academic skills and personal interests.

As an intern with YogaToday, her duties involve social media development and production assistance. She will study abroad in Barcelona in the fall of 2017, but looks forward to continuing her work with YogaToday while abroad and when she returns to Jackson.

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