Many mind-body classes are known for their steady rhythm and focused poses—but some today are amping up their classic methods. Whether it’s yoga, Pilates, or barre, there are plenty of ways to score cardio points during your practice, in the classroom or at home.
If you’re looking for a yoga cardio workout, choose a vinyasa-based or “flow” yoga class, says Chrissy Carter, star of Beginning Yoga with Chrissy Carter. Practicing on your own? String together several reps of standing poses—like side angle to warrior two to triangle pose—moving with your breath without losing form.
If you’re looking for cardiovascular benefits from Pilates or barre, search for classes that are cardio-specific or for ones with keywords such as dynamic, athletic, calorie-torching, or metabolic in the name or description; and keep yourself moving during breaks with light aerobic activitylike pushups or jump rope.