A few days ago I was wondering, is yoga aerobic or anaerobic? So I decided to do a mini research to answer that question and write about it here for all of you who had the same question in mind.
But before I will answer this question I would like to give a short background on what is exactly an aerobic and anaerobic exercise. This will help us answer the question, is yoga aerobic or anaerobic.
What is an Aerobic Exercise
As defined by The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) aerobic exercise is any activity that uses large muscle groups. Aerobic exercise is considered when ATP (adenosine triphosphate – a small molecule that transports chemical energy within cells for metabolism), is released from the cells.
The criterion measure for aerobic capacity is the peak oxygen consumption (VO2), which can be measured either through graded exercise ergometry or treadmill protocols with an oxygen consumption analyzer or via mathematical formulas. (World J Cardiol)
There are many examples of aerobic exercise such as:
- Long distance running
What is an Anaerobic Exercise
As defined by The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM):
An intense physical activity of very short duration, fueled by the energy sources within the contracting muscles and independent of the use of inhaled oxygen as an energy source. (World J Cardiol)
When the body is in very short physical activity the cells don’t need to use oxygen, instead uses energy in the formation on glycolysis and fermentation. Which means that the cells use much less ATP than in an aerobic exercise.
Examples for Anaerobic exercises are:
- High-intensity and short duration exercise.
So Is Yoga Aerobic or Anaerobic
Surprisingly or not, yoga is not aerobic or anaerobic. Yoga is all about being aware of the body and respecting it, it is a relaxing exercise that stretches the muscles and body while calming the mind.
If you ever tried to practice yoga you may have noticed the fact that you are concentrating on your breath. But at the same time, you are not breathing heavily like in running. Maybe if you are a beginner at yoga you may feel the intensity of the poses, the strength of your muscles. But still, it’s not like heavy-lifting.
Yoga is not considered aerobic or anaerobic because the cells don’t need as much ATP as in an aerobic exercise and don’t convert sugar to acids
Yoga has many health benefits such as calming the mind, strengthening the muscles and improving flexibility, while aerobic and anaerobic exercises burn more calories than yoga.
I hope this helped answer the question if you have any thoughts or comments please leave a comment in the box below and I will be happy to reply.