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Yoga Vs Other Exercise Modalities

Yoga Teacher

October 18, 2020


Why do yoga and aerial yoga when you could just lift weights or go for a run? Unlike many workouts that focus primarily on enhancing your appearance, yoga can benefit both your physical and emotional wellbeing.

If you’re yet to discover the benefits of yoga and aerial, here’s how it compares to other exercises:


There’s no doubt lifting weights can be great for your physical fitness. It strengthens bone density, burns fat, builds muscle and helps prevent chronic diseases like diabetes. But weight training isn’t for everyone. If you’re prone to joint pain, you may be more suited to a low impact yoga style, like aerial yoga or a vin yin floor yoga class.

Yoga uses your body weight and gravity as resistance, making it much easier to modify for individual needs. It’s also a full-body functional workout, unlike some weight training, which can on one area at a time. And you can still get great abs doing yoga and in particular aerial yoga.

Learn more about the benefits of aerial yoga.


Running burns calories quickly, but it can also be tough on your body. If you’re looking for a cardio workout that won’t hurt your knees and ankles, yoga and aerial can get your heart racing without forcing your joints to endure any impact.

Even though running is hard to beat in terms of how many calories it burns per minute, an intense yoga class can still benefit your cardiovascular fitness. Give hot yoga or Aerial Fitness a try if you’re trying to work up a sweat.


The most obvious benefit of yoga over CrossFit has more to do with your frame of mind than anything else. While some people love the hyped-up vibe and compressive nature of a CrossFit class, yoga is all about decompression and mindfulness.

This benefit comes down to personal preference. If you thrive in competitive, high-energy environments, you might enjoy CrossFit more than any other exercise. On the other hand, if you’re trying to escape the stresses of everyday life, yoga can make you feel calm and centred which will help you in all aspects of life


Perfect for when you need to let off steam, boxing classes can help you attain enhanced muscle definition and cardiovascular health. The only downside to boxing is how challenging it can be for those who lack coordination.

If you struggle to keep up with rapid sparring drills, the relaxed nature of a yoga class can help you learn better hand-eye coordination at a more leisurely pace. Designed to teach body awareness, yoga can cure your clumsiness without making you feel out of your depth.

Whether you’ve been practicing for years or you’re a total novice, anyone can enjoy the benefits of yoga and aerial yoga. To see how yoga compares to other exercises for yourself, check out Bend + Fly’s timetable today. Catering to all fitness levels, we offer a range of yoga classes in West End.