I’ve done weights before, but not like this!
Yesterday evening I tried Pulse Yoga for the first time at my yoga home.
As someone with several lapsed gym memberships to my name it’s fair to say that though I’ve done weights before, I have never loved the gym. Yoga, I love. Yet, I understand the benefits of resistance work with weights so for a while I’ve had this feeling that it might be a good thing for my body to try and find a way of incorporating weights into my routine in a way that didn’t bore me rigid. So, when I first heard about Pulse Yoga the idea of combining free weights with yoga was instantly intriguing and appealing.
Before we began, Allie explained to us that this style of yoga originated in Colorado created by yoga instructor, Argie Tang after she was told by her doctor that she had developed osteopenia (almost osteoporosis but not quite). As this Evening Standard article adds:
Tang, who was in her fifties at the time was shocked to hear that, despite practising yoga for so long, she needed to build bone density with weight training. Not keen to reduce the little time she had for yoga, or to join a gym, Tang decided to create a new type of yoga that suited her needs.
Then the music came on and off we went. It was amazing what a difference it made trying to do certain postures with weights thrown into the mix. For some postures I thought, “Yep, this is cool – I can do this”, but others I found really challenged my balance at times. It’s easy to see how this can help with your core stability as well as strength. We didn’t use weights for all the postures though – for some of our more familiar poses we would hold our position and pulse. For instance, in downward dog, pulsing our legs alternately meant we were using our muscles in a different way (really felt that one in the glutes!)
I have to admit, my very childish side did have a chuckle when we started pulsing our hips in bridge posture and doing some of the pelvic tilts with bicep curls – for a few brief moments that Eric Prydz video came to mind. Allie mentioned to us that during a recent Pulse Yoga tutorial in the park they drew some attention from passers-by – I can see how that might happen!
For me, it was great moving bits of my body in a different way from the usual classes I go to. And we had a laugh too. I think I might have finally found a fun way of doing weights – I’ve already booked my next class. If you fancy something new I’d recommend giving Pulse Yoga a try. It feels good to mix things up a little!