Just to make sure I have the right foundation. Paleo physical activities are: hiking, walking, weight lifting, sprinting and other anaerobics. Low intensity or short high intensity, right?
Yoga (let's take only Asana practice) if done on lower levels is low intensity and mostly stretches. Here are definitions of passive vs active stretches:
So in terms of intensity yoga seems to align with paleo principles. How about muscle perspective?
PS: I don't know why my previous question about Paleo and Ayuverda was deleted. Is there a way to find out?
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Thanks for the answers to everybody. I think Mark's Primal Blueprint book unveils a little bit of mystery: 55-75% of max heart rate ie barely breaking sweat - level 1-2 vinyasa for seasoned yogi/yogini and level 1 or Iyanger yoga for somebody who's new to physical activity/yoga; stretching might do harm according to Mark but it very contradictory.
In the end I think it appropriate to do 3-5 hours of low level intensity and 1-2 hours of high intensity yoga per week. The benefit to gain balance, strength, learn how to breath and improve blood flow greatly out weight anything else.
Here is my project for 300 hour yoga teacher training: paleoyoga.co nothing revolutionary, lots of teachers have been doing yoga with weights (eg Iron Yoga) just summarized everything in one short presentation.
I believe that yoga aligns. Perhaps not popular yoga, but yoga-as-it-originally-is. It helps with improving balance- both the "don't fall down" balance, and the "crap, my left side is wrecked/weak" balance. It's a great way (IMO) to get the kinks out after a rough week, or even to test whether what you're feeling is DOMS or an actual injury. If done correctly, you're paying complete attention to your body and how certain movements feel- which works well within paleo, imo. I've noticed that quite a few of the exercises I've had to do for injuries seem to be weak versions of yoga poses, so I'd even go so far as to say that yoga can help you recover from injury, if done correctly.
Any "yoga for weightloss" is crap. "Yoga for flexibility" is fine. "Yoga for mindfulness/meditation" is fine. "yoga because it's trendy" is also crap.
Yoga asana was meant to train the body to sit for long periods in meditation or contemplation. The yoga most are familiar with is what is being taught in studios- it's fast food yoga, meant to satisfy those primarily looking to move and maybe dabble in the mindful aspects.
I believe that yoga does fit into a Paleo lifestyle as described by Azat; the practitioners fitness should guide the intensity, selection of movements and duration.
I love hot vinyasa yoga. and I don't agree with "warren". Stretching properly only helps the blood flow and boy systems work the way they were intended with uninterrupted flow. I was diagnosised with pcos and started yoga and find myself becoming more regular, from the flow or from the mediation- yoga does something. . It's more then foot behind the head stuff . It opens your thoracic spine and hips to move more freely. Sounds pretty paleo to me. I do 4-6 sessions a week in studio or at home. But I definitely want to look at the movnat site. Thanks!
I think that most stretching is totally over rated. I see some of these stretches people put themselves into and wonder just what situations apart from a road or rail accident would you find yourself in where it could possibly be handy to be able to wrap your leg around the back of your head? lol