Pulse yoga is a new take on the traditional moves, combining them with weights and upbeat tunes.
Pulse yoga started a few years ago in Colorado after instructor Argie Tang was told by her healthcare provider that she had developed a lower than normal bone mineral density. This diagnosis came as a huge shock to Tang, who had been practising yoga for years and in all other aspects of her health was extremely fit. Her doctor advised her to build up her bone density with weight training and anxious about reducing the amount of time spent doing yoga and not wanting to join the gym, she decided to combine traditional yoga with weight training.
Since then pulse yoga has been widely practised in the United States and has now moved across the pond to the UK where Allie Hill and her company Yogahaven have launched a ''Pulse'' class in south-west London.
The idea of pulse yoga is that as well as toning and stretching the body, it also strengthens the muscles and builds stability and balance.
Traditional yoga already uses the big muscles to stabilise the body, so by introducing tiny movements with weights this means that the smaller muscles will also be worked.
"Pulse is great for people who want to try something new," says Hill. "It's good for people who know they need to weight-train but perhaps prefer yoga, or don't like gyms, because it combines the lot. So while you're holding a hip-flexor stretch, you might also be doing a bicep curl with weights, or while in downward dog, you'll also be pulsing one of your legs."
For more information about classes at please visit yogahaven.co.uk.
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