Does yoga count as exercise?

Anke Neustadt

Many people want to ensure their workouts are effective but is yoga exercise? Well, that depends on what you want to achieve. If you’re looking for something that can improve your mood and flexibility then yoga is a perfect fit. But if you’re searching for some heart-pumping aerobic exercise (opens in new tab) you might need a different activity. 

We’ve combed through the research to find the benefits of yoga (opens in new tab) – and we’ve got hands-on with some of the best yoga mats (opens in new tab) – but we still wanted more answers. So we asked Libby Hinsley, a physical therapist and certified yoga teacher, to weigh in on the topic. 

Does yoga count as exercise?

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