Definition - What does HIIT Yoga mean?
HIIT yoga is a combination of high intensity interval training (HIIT) and yoga asana practice. HIIT is a popular method of exercising with bursts of intense (100 percent effort) anaerobic exercise followed by brief recovery periods. It is believed to burn fat more quickly by keeping the heart rate up, thereby requiring more oxygen during the recovery periods.
HIIT yoga is designed to build strength as well as burn fat. Like HIIT sessions, HIIT yoga practice typically lasts less than 30 minutes and often just 15 to 20 minutes.
Yogapedia explains HIIT Yoga
HIIT primarily targets fast-twitch muscles with anaerobic exercises such as clean lifts, squats and bench presses. Yoga asanas target the stabilizing muscles with such poses as utthita parsvakonasana, vasisthasana and ardha chandrasana.
Combining yoga with HIIT adds the benefits of each physical practice, such as:
- Less strain on knees and other joints than HIIT exercise alone
- Provides a complete workout in less time than traditional yoga practice
- Provides a connection with the breath through yoga, leaving the yogi in a relaxed state