How to use your Gymboss timer to make your practices more effective

Yoga is arguably the oldest organized exercise system in the world. It dates back thousands of years and, while it originated in India, yoga is now practiced all around the world. There are lots of different yoga styles to choose from. Each one differs in terms of moves performed, equipment used, class duration, and workout intensity. All yoga styles can be extremely beneficial for both men and women.

Yoga has the reputation of being a “soft” or easy form of exercise, and while some styles of yoga are quite gentle, others are surprisingly tough. Bikram yoga, also known as hot yoga, is especially demanding, whereas Yin yoga is much gentler. Vinyasa yoga, one of the most commonly taught and popular forms of this type of exercise, falls somewhere in between.

With its emphasis on breathing, flexibility, posture, core, balance, and strength, yoga covers a lot of physical and mental bases and can help “fill in the gaps” left by things like weight training and cardio. In fact, more and more sports are adopting elements from yoga to help develop more well-rounded athletes. Rugby, hockey, and football have all embraced yoga, and other sports are following suit.

Yoga is not just good for your physical wellbeing, it’s also good for mental health. Most styles of yoga include meditation and deep breathing stress-relieving exercises. Doing yoga can help lower your heart rate and blood pressure.

Using a Gymboss timer to make your yoga workouts even better

Yoga poses are traditionally held for a set number of breaths or, in a class situation, for as long as your teacher tells you to. Counting breaths CAN work, but if you are concentrating really hard on achieving the right position (not always easy!), you might forget to keep track of your breaths.

Your Gymboss makes an ideal yoga timer. Instead of counting breaths or trying to keep an eye on your watch, just set your interval timer and use it to control how long you hold each pose.

If you are new to yoga, this might mean setting your interval timer to just 30-60 seconds. But, for more advanced practitioners, you might want to hold each pose for several minutes. The longer you hold a pose, the harder it will be but, also more beneficial too.

When using your Gymboss as a yoga timer, make sure to allow time between intervals to move from one pose to the next. This should never be rushed, so always give yourself enough time to switch positions. 5 – 10 seconds should be sufficient.

So for example if you have a 20 pose routine and you want to hold each pose for 45 seconds, you would program your timer for one interval of 50 seconds for 20 rounds. Every time the timer beeps you would change positions. This will give you 5 seconds to get into the new position for a 45 second hold.

Yoga might seem like an easy workout option, but some styles can be very demanding, and there is a type of yoga to suit almost everyone. Power yoga combines quick transitions between poses with extra core and strength exercises. In contrast, Yin yoga is much slower paced and puts an emphasis on breathing exercises and meditation.

Yoga has been around for centuries, and that means it works! Grab your Gymboss interval timer and try yoga for yourself – it’s incredibly enjoyable and beneficial.

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