WHAT IS IT?
HIIT, or High Intensity Interval Training, is the best exercise in the shortest amount of time if you want strength, cardio optimization (how well you intake and process oxygen), deep DNA anti-aging repair, calories and fat burned. HIIT also activates your fast-twitch muscle fibers, that tone, lift and define your body.
Yoga alone does not give us these benefits. It's great for other things: slow-twitch muscle action for endurance, balance and stamina. Mind-body centering, flexibility and cleansing.
I designed the Yoga Shred® to give you the best of both worlds--yoga warm up and cool down flows, and counterposes, with mindful, better-anatomy HIIT moves (many based on yoga poses) to get you strong, faster, and with safer joints.
In these classes, we do the HIIT moves, or "Yoga Shreds" in 4-minute blocks of 20 seconds activity / 10 seconds rest (8 rounds total). This is "Tabata Timing", known to be the most effective for seeing the best results.
When doing a Yoga Shred, aim to move as quickly as you can in good form, at the maximum effort you can today, for the 20 second activity periods. Rest out or stretch out with me for the 10 second rest periods.
Breathe through your mouth fully as your heart rate rises. Return to yoga nose breathing if possible when your heart rate slows down, and not before. More oxygen = better.
WHEN TO DO THE WORKOUTS:
Do one Yoga Shred class (30 mins or less) with me every OTHER day, maximum. More is not better in the case of HIIT. Your best results can only happen with time off to repair your body. It's OK to do a walk or slow flow yoga class on the days off, but resist the urge to keep strongly working out--it won't work!
I'll show you many variations and modifications for common joint issues like bad wrists, shoulders, and knees, but do make sure to watch the Joint Modifications & Variations videos in the Anatomy Section in your membership videos.
Most of all, have fun bringing in this fierce, empowering energy and movement style to your day--and your life. I think you'll be amazed how fast and well this works!