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    Yoga - before, after, or on rest days

    When would be the best time to do yoga in conjunction with weight lifting? Before the workout, after, or on rest days?
    Last edited by platypus; 04-11-2012 at 05:24 PM.
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    I would think yoga would be most beneficial when the muscles are warm and blood is flowing, so based on that after. Maybe on off days, but I wouldn't do it the night before... maybe if you have 2 off days, do it on the first and rest on the second.

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    I think it would depend on the intensity of the yoga.

    Personally I do very light yoga routine randomly after supper during the week. Probably around 3 times per week on average. I do it mainly for the stretches (mostly that's all it feels like to me - a stretching routine). It's about 25mins long and light enough that I don't feel like it interferes with my lifting.

    Now if you're talking about doing an hour long hot yoga or something crazy like that - it may be better to do it on your off days.

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    Yes, Yes, and Yes... Depending on the type of Yoga, it is a great way to stretch your muscles as well as aid in recovery. However, if you are going to do something like Bikram (hot) Yoga, I would reserve that for non-training days.

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    Either after or on off days. NEVER before.
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