How to lose weight with Yoga?
This article is designed to share with you some information about losing weight by using yoga. Yoga is known as great way of improving your general condition and reducing stress. But can it also help you to lose weight? There are a few scientific studies that show the effectiveness of yoga regarding weight loss. However scientists always want a lot (!) of data. Therefore scientists will tell you that “it´s effectiveness hasn´t yet been 100% scientifically proven”. But take a look at yogis from India or even the yoga teacher at your local gym – are they overweight?
As yoga has become more and more popular over the years, I expected to find tons of special material like a “Weight Loss Hatha Yoga DVD“, weight loss yoga classes in my Hometown or at least some useful e-books. To my surprise there isn´t much detailed information out there.
So I had to dig deeper to eventually find the Information I was looking for.
Generally spoken gaining overweight hast two simple reasons:
* eating too much
* don´t burning enough calories
Yoga can help you getting both of them handled.
Most people eat too much out of frustration or stress. When you are in this very situation, it can be challenging to change your eating habits. As yoga includes a great deal of meditation, it´s one of the best ways to reduce stress and depression. Hence it supports you changing your eating habits.
On the other hand yoga consists of a lot of routines that have a high potential of burning calories. Practicing hot yoga (yoga in a heated room) can leverage the effect. But the main focus should be on the routines itself. When you are already a yoga practitioner Ashtanya yoga and Power yoga are good choices as there routines burn a lot of calories.
For beginners it might be better to not start with the Vinyasa style of yoga (which includes for example Bikram, Ashtanya and Power yoga) as it´s faster and requires more physical power than other yoga styles. A good start can be the Iyengar style with its slower routines. The slower routines of course burn fewer calories. But don´t think too much about it. Every yoga style can help you achieving a massive weight loss.
What to do next?
I highly recommend you to take action! Reading about yoga is fine, but only practicing will help you getting any results.
You can start by joining a yoga class in your local gym, but they will see weight loss only as a side effect of practicing yoga. The best thing for you is definitely to get some blow-by-blow information on how to get the maximum out of yoga to lose weight.