Danielle Diamond has been a proponent of using yoga for strength training for a while now.
The Nutritious Life Certified yogi created Xen Strength Yoga to combine yoga and meditation with muscle-building for major mind-body benefits—and we shared a whole series of her sequences that incorporate weights, before.
Now, Diamond’s got a new favorite tool: the resistance band. When she started incorporating one into her practice, she was blown away by the results. “In just six weeks, my body totally changed,” she said. “This stuff actually works.”
She’s not alone in her devotion to the simple, stretchy piece of equipment: Pinterest recently identified sweating with bands as one of its upcoming trends for 2019, noting that searches for “band workouts” were up more than 1900 percent.
One place to find those workouts? Here!
Resistance Band Yoga for Strong Glutes
Starting with this one dedicated to strong glutes, we’re kicking off a video series of 10-minute resistance band yoga sequences with Diamond, who calls her yoga-with-bands practice XenSculpt.
“I’m all about adding props to make your yoga practice stronger,” she says.
In this video, you’ll go for toned, powerful glutes in poses like Warrior III and high lunge. You’ll need a band (you can get a whole set for $11 on Amazon) and sliders. If you don’t have or want to invest in a pair of sliders, you can use paper plates on carpet or small towels or washcloths on wood floors.
And while it’s only ten minutes (so you can fit it into your schedule, no matter how busy), be forewarned of this yoga for strength sequence’s effectiveness. “You will feel this not just today,” says Diamond, “but three days from now.”
(Photo: Xen Strength Yoga)