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Myth vs. Fact: A Look at 5 Popular Yoga Claims

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Myth: Yoga isn't a "real" workout.

Starting position for the plank exercise, which works the entire core.
Starting position for the plank exercise, which works the entire core.
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Truth: Most types of yoga will not burn as many calories or get your heart pumping as much as a cardiovascular activity like running or biking; that part is true. But yoga has been shown to improve flexibility, balance and strength -- three very important parts of physical fitness, says Sophie Herbert, a life coach and yoga instructor in Brooklyn, New York. And you'll certainly work up a sweat in vigorous, high-intensity classes like Vinyasa Flow, Bikram (or hot yoga), Ashtanga, and Core Power Yoga.


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