If your goal is to lose body fat and get lean, you might be wondering how or whether yoga fits into your program. Well, there is a multitude of benefits to practicing yoga, however, does it help with weight loss? Let’s find out.
1, Go beyond the burn
Don’t be fooled by the gracious yoga moves, deep breathing, and the occasional slow poses. Personal training experts and doctors say that yoga can seriously tone and trim your body — besides working on your spirit and mind to help you gain overall health. Calories you burn during yoga range from 180 to 360 per hour, depending on what type of yoga you’re practicing. Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and other “power yoga” top the list of yoga moves that are beneficial to your body and soul.
2, Fat burning poses
Almost every yoga pose addresses detoxification that encourages the purification of your body and mind. However, certain poses, or asanas, improve flexibility, muscle tone, calm your mind, and provide a feeling of inner peace. These poses speed up metabolism by stimulating the endocrine glands and can work with trouble spots. They include shoulder stand and fish pose and Valrasana (spinal twist), among others.
3, Long-Term Results
Yoga makes you more aware of your body. According to a 2005 research done in Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Research Center, overweight folks who practiced yoga regularly for ten years between the ages 45 to 55 lost an average of five pounds compared to a fourteen-pound gain for those who didn’t. Yoga teaches self-awareness, which is essential for long-term change.