Yoga has become a prominent part of many popular workout routines. It's commonly touted as a cure for everything from stiff joints to breathing problems BUT will yoga help you lose weight?
Sitting on a mat and meditating seems counter-intuitive to someone who wants to build strength and shed pounds but yoga has been given a thoroughly modern makeover. Now you can work up a sweat while you learn to get your body and mind in synch. Here are some of the ways yoga can help you lose weight and increase your sense of wellbeing.
1. Vinyasa yoga burns calories
Also known as "flow yoga" or "ashtanga yoga", vinyasa yoga is a physically active form of yoga that increases the heart rate and sends the body into fat-burning mode.
Vinyasa yoga sends the practitioner through a series of poses known as sun salutations.
These poses are held for several breaths, and then the practitioner flows into the next pose in the series. Vinyasa yoga is frequently combined with other cardio exercises, like walking, for a balanced weight loss routine.
2. Yoga puts you in touch with your body
When you practice yoga, you learn to clear your mind of the distractions that prevent you from really listening to your body. By getting back in touch with your needs, you can learn to differentiate between hunger and cravings.
The more you learn about your body and its amazing abilities, the more you will want to take care of it by avoiding junk food and radical diets.
3. Yoga reduces stress
Yoga is a real stress-buster. By practicing mindful breathing and quiet meditation, you can bring your mind and body to a peaceful state. This decreases anxiety and can even reduce your body's production of the stress hormone cortisol.
Cortisol sends our bodies into self-preservation mode, which translates to increased fat storage, especially in the abdominal area.
Learn to relax and breathe during yoga, and you will eventually learn to incorporate those skills into the rest of your life.
4. Power yoga improves strength and flexibility.
Power yoga is a westernized version of vinyasa yoga that combines sun salutations with stretching, strength training, and intense bursts of cardio.
This produces a stronger heart and more lean muscle mass. Since muscle burns more calories than fat, power yoga can help you burn more calories even at rest. That's a great way to speed up your weight loss.
5. Hot yoga provides quick, temporary weight loss.
Hot yoga really makes you sweat. It's like regular vinyasa yoga, but it takes place in a sauna or other hot surroundings.
As you can guess, the quick weight loss comes from shedding water weight.
While this is not a good long-term strategy, it can give you a good workout and help you look more svelte before a special occasion. Just be prepared to regain those few pounds once you get rehydrated.
6. Yoga makes you mindful
Perhaps one of the most valuable lessons yoga teaches us is the lesson of mindfulness. Yoga practitioners learn how to be "in the moment", focusing on their breathing and their posture rather than worrying about work, family, or other stressors.
You can apply this mindfulness to your weight loss plan as well. Learn to focus on your food and your enjoyment rather than choking down your meals while watching TV.
By taking your time and keeping your mind on your meal, you will tend to eat less and be more satisfied.
Yoga can benefit your weight loss plan in many ways. You can add yoga to your routine by finding a class near you, or renting a yoga DVD from your public library.
Remember: if one style of yoga doesn't suit your needs, there are many more to try.
There is so much emphasis on the benefits of regular yoga when it comes to your physical fitness as well as your mental wellbeing so you’ll see yoga classes pop all over the place with a plethora of classes to choose from where you live (pre-COVID days), DVD’s as well as the wonders of the internet. Here’s my take on one particular programme that stood out for me recently. It’s calls:
Yoga Burn by Zoe Bray-Cotton and it is a revolutionary 12 week program to help women lose weight and tighten up "problem areas." This is achieved with the use of Dynamic Sequencing Yoga to develop a tighter, toned and dare I say sexier body without visiting the gym or even leaving the house.
Zoe recommends completing three 45-minute yoga classes each week to get the fastest results. Unlike most programs, Yoga Burn is described as a "strategic, progressive approach...that's proven to deliver results." That means each workout is tailored to YOU and YOUR current goals - you're not expected to go at the same pace as everyone else (like in a class yoga or cardio setting).
The program is split into three phases. Each phase builds on the last to provide faster flexibility and calorie burn over time.
So when you sign up for the Yoga Burn program this is what is included in the package:
• Yoga Burn 12-Week Body Shaping Course (Online Digital Download & DVDs)
• BONUS: Basic audio versions of each class to use while travelling.
• BONUS: Tranquility flow class - designed for stress relief.
• BONUS: Immersion Community - a unique fitness community for women only.
• BONUS: Yoga Burn Monthly - an additional set of DVDs that will introduce you to a variety of different types of yoga including Ashtanga, Hatha, Jundalini, Vinyasa and restorative yoga
The program is designed to provide maximum visual results for women in the shortest amount of time. The Yoga Burn sequences can be adjusted for your current level and goals. The program focuses on workouts to help you improve your flexibility and strength and so it becomes more difficult and advanced as you get stronger. Through the specific dynamic sequencing of exercises this boosts your metabolism and ultimately helps you burn more calories and lose weight.
The great thing about this program is that it can be performed from the comfort of your home and in the current global pandemic of COVID-19 having exercise programs that can easily followed at home is even more important not just for our fitness but for our mental wellbeing. I personally think it's a great programme suitable for beginners upwards and you can push yourself as hard as want. If you keep at the programme then expect to start seeing results as soon as 1 month but please bear in mind this is in combination with a healthy balanced diet and results will vary on an individual basis.
If you would like to get your own copy of The Yoga Burn then click the link below: