Tabata Yoga

Definition - What does Tabata Yoga mean?

Tabata yoga is a style of yoga which combines yoga practice with an approach to exercise known as Tabata. Tabata takes its name from the Japanese doctor and researcher, who found an effective formula for high intensity interval training, which is to exercise for 20 seconds and then rest for 10 seconds for 4 minutes. This is believed to boost fitness in a short amount of time.

Combining the tabata approach with yoga usually means that the periods of exercise are spend practicing yoga.

Yogapedia explains Tabata Yoga

Tabata yoga is said to allow for the advantages of both tabata and yoga to be combined. It is good for strength and cardiovascular fitness, while promoting mindfulness, alignment and anatomical understanding from yogic teaching, which can also help prevent injuries.

In a tabata yoga session, the timings may vary, but generally the 4 minute structure is maintained and sometimes repeated. The rest period may be spent practicing a restorative yoga pose. Exercises may include plank poses, side plank poses, lunges, squats and yoga-inspired push ups.

The benefits of tabata yoga are reported to be:

  • Encourages healthy weight loss

  • Builds core strength

  • Lessens impact on joints compared to typical tabata workouts

  • Develops lean, strong muscles

  • Boosts metabolism

  • Saves time on working out compared to yoga classes and traditional workouts.

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