I agree with many of the previous posters. Even forms of yoga that are not vinyasa/flow or "power" yoga can elevate your heart rate, albeit not to the same level as more intense cardio. In terms of building strength and muscle, I am often more sore after a yoga practice in which I challenge myself than I am after, say, a bootcamp workout. And I agree - Pilates, if you're doing it correctly, is VERY challenging and much more effective in building core strength than any amount of traditional ab exercises. Yoga and pilates challenge your muscles in different ways and combinations and are excellent for building balanced, functional strength and flexibility, as well as muscular endurance. It may not burn as many calories while you are actively doing them, but they will change your body just as much, if not more, than many other forms of "calorie burning" exercise.
- 8/21/2012 9:14:50 AM