Can You Lose Weight With Yoga?

Can You Lose Weight With Yoga?

by Zen Loh, August 4, 2015

Whilst yoga is an activity which is centuries old, it has only just started to gain a lot of traction. This is, no doubt, in part down to the fact that a lot of celebrities out there are bleating about how they use yoga to lose weight and get the perfect body. There is, most likely, a number of yoga classes operating in your area right now. So, can you really lose weight with yoga? Well, that is what we are going to take a little peek at on this page.

Now, for the most part, yoga is not a particularly intense activity. There are a few forms of yoga which are incredibly intense, but these are for the experts and those who really like to push their body to the brink. This does not mean that you are not going to lose weight with ‘basic yoga’ though. You will. Let’s say you are in a yoga class. The majority of them are going to last about an hour and a half. The whole time, you will be working out. You will be working those muscles. When you are working those muscles, your body is going to be burning energy to power them. This energy is going to be sapped out of your fat stores. You will, eventually, start to lose weight. You will be surprised at how many calories you can burn in just a single yoga session. Keep coming back for more, practise a good diet, and you will be burning off that weight incredibly quickly.

Mysore Style Ashtanga Yoga

If weight loss is your goal for yoga, and I am going to guess it is since you are reading this page, you should choose one of the yoga styles that asks you to switch from pose to pose pretty quickly. Power Yoga is good for this. You will find classes in most major towns nowadays. Failing that, look into the Ashtanga style, which is still just as brilliant.

Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of yoga is not just the weight loss (although this is a great benefit, obviously). The biggest benefit is that, unlike other cardiovascular exercises, is the fact that you will be toning your body at the same time. If you follow other types of activity, such as running, you will losing weight, but you are not really going to be focusing too much on the muscles of your body. Your skin will be sagging, and you will not look all that great. You will, therefore, have to incorporate some sort of strength training. You do not have to worry about that with yoga. You will be working the muscles in your body directly. This will help to tone them up, and you will look great. Yes, incorporating a bit of strength training into the mix is, of course, going to work wonders for helping you look brilliant sooner as opposed to later. However, this is not something which is going to be vital.

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