Will doing yoga help me lose weight?
Doing yoga regularly offers many benefits, including making you feel
better about your body as you become stronger and more flexible, toning
your muscles, reducing stress, and improving your mental and physical
well-being. But will it help you lose weight?
Practicing any type of yoga will build strength, but some types may not
raise your heart rate enough to make them the only form of exercise you
need to include in your weight loss regime. It depends on the type of
yoga you select and how frequently you practice it.
In order to lose weight, you must eat healthily and burn calories by
doing exercise that raises your heart rate on a regular basis. Some
types of yoga, such as Iyengar, in which yoga poses are held for several
minutes with a resting period between each pose, will build muscles and
improve your posture, but will not give you the cardiovascular workout
you need to lose weight. On another hand, if you are standing in a pose
for several minutes and sweating, this will definitely help you lose
If you plan to make yoga your primary form of exercise, you must do a
vigorous 90-minute yoga class at least three times a week. Many people
also choose to combine yoga with running, walking or other aerobic
exercise in order to reach their weight loss goals.
What kind of yoga will help me lose weight?
The type of yoga you need to do is called Vinyasa or Flow Yoga. This
style of yoga is based on the performance of a series of poses called
sun salutations. Vinyasa includes many popular, athletic and
sweat-drenched yoga styles. For weight loss purposes, try:
Ashtanga Yoga is a very vigorous style of practice with a few distinct
advantages for those who want to lose weight. Ashtanga practitioners are
among the most dedicated of yogis, and beginners are often encouraged
to sign up for a series of classes, which will help with motivation.
Another advantage is that once you learn the poses, Ashtanga Yoga is
ideal for home practitioners.
Power Yoga is extremely popular, because it provides a very vigorous cardiovascular workout.
Vinyasa yoga done in a hot room ups the ante by guaranteeing you’ll sweat buckets.
Keep in mind that if you are just starting to do yoga, are very
overweight, or are quite out of shape, always choose a beginner-level
Yoga Workouts at Home
Keep exercising by doing yoga at home on the days you can’t make a
class. Follow along with a video or audio recording if you are new to
yoga. When you are ready to plan your own workouts, use these yoga
sequencing ideas to help you come up with yoga sessions of varying
lengths that will fit your schedule.
Certain poses, or asanas, work extremely well for weight loss, with
benefits that far exceed mere calorie burning and muscle strengthening.
Yoga speeds up the metabolism by stimulating endocrine glands that
regulate the metabolic rate.
Certain poses can also help with trouble spots:
• Shoulder stand and fish pose: Both rouse the thyroid, helping to give your body a metabolism boost.
• Valrasana (spinal twist), a lengthening child’s pose, and cobra pose:
These twisting poses massage the abdomen, target internal organs and aid
with optimal digestion.
• The dogs: Downward-facing dog and upward-facing dog poses are particularly helpful in toning hips and thighs.