One of the questions asked by people new to yoga is how long will it be before they see results. The answer is it depends on:

• Your current fitness level when starting – A couch potato will take longer to see the same gains as someone that is more fit in the beginning
• The type of yoga you do – some yoga styles are more demanding and challenging than others
• How often you do yoga – an increased number of sessions per week will get results quicker only going once or twice per week
• If you do other forms of exercise – doing other forms of exercise in addition to yoga will get results quicker

Results are typically measured based on certain fitness markers of which two measure strength and flexibility. Some people will see an increase in the degree of their fitness in as little as two weeks, while for others, it can take two or three months. Adding cardio and strength training in addition to yoga to your exercise routine and eating a diet of fresh vegetables, proteins, whole grains and healthy fats, will help get you in shape quicker.

While most styles of yoga will increase your flexibility, one that uses the Sun Salutations (such as Ashtanga and Vinyasa) will do it quicker. Pushing through the 12 standing and balancing poses, and concluding with long-held stretches, taxes the body more than some of the other “gentler” yoga styles. Bikram or one of the “hot” yoga styles is also great for flexibility as it is done in a room with a temperature of 104 degrees and 40% humidity which warms up joints, tendons and ligaments quicker and thus makes them more flexible.

Which Exercises Best Complement Yoga?
The key to doing anything successfully is aligning your actions to make sure they all work towards your goals in life. With your physical and mental fitness, the story is no different. So, if you practice yoga already, you might be curious to know what other types of exercise will not only help you on your way to your health and fitness goals but also work hand-in-hand with your yoga routine for even faster results. If you are, look no further than these suggestions.

1 Swimming

Swimming is an excellent way to cool down and get in an excellent fat-burning workout. This cardio workout will get your heart pumping as you engage every muscle in your body, encouraging you to tone up. It will improve your endurance in the realm of muscular, respiratory, and cardiac health. Plus, it keeps your joints safe in the process. It can even strengthen your bones.

2 Hiking

Going for a hike is a great way to get out into nature. It will also boost your muscular and cardiac endurance for benefits you will utilize every moment of your life. The great outdoors also has the ability to relieve stress and you’ll surely have fun as you hike to new places, whether you’re going alone or with friends. The change in elevation and movement will help keep stress off your joints while still challenging them too.

3 Rock Climbing

Looking to add to the intensity of hiking? Go rock climbing for a change. While it’s not for everyone, rock climbing is a fantastic all-body workout that will have you feeling every muscle in your body by the end of the day. It challenges you in ways other exercises simply can’t because even the tiniest muscles in your hands and feet will fill the burn! It will build strength and endurance as you invigorate and exhilarate yourself.

4 Pilates

Not to be confused with yoga, pilates is a more upbeat type of body weight exercise that can definitely go hand-in-hand with your yoga practice. Finding the right pilates routine is key, and once you do, you will begin to really feel the burn as you bring your skills down to the mat. In fact, that’s the major difference between yoga and pilates. The former is usually focused on standing movements.