Yoga is a powerful workout that requires you to have balance, stamina, flexibility, endurance, and a heck of a lot of willpower. But, if you're looking to pump up your practice even more, look no further than a set of dumbbells. Incorporating weights makes holding those Zen poses extra-tough. Plus, it creates a fun fusion workout that sculpts your muscles and challenges your mind.
This hybrid routine takes inspiration from traditional yoga poses, but also integrates common resistance exercises. For example, instead of just doing chair pose (which is difficult enough to begin with), add a shoulder press to the move. Now, the exercise also engages the upper body, and you have to use your core muscles to remain balanced.
If you want to add some weight to your "OM," our friends at Shape put together a short, effective, yoga-inspired sculpting workout. Click through to find the rest of the routine. (Shape)