Is it actually possible to lose weight by doing yoga? Absolutely – just as long as you pick out the right form. If you are looking to lose weight, the forms of yoga you need to do are Iyengar, Bikram and Ashtanga forms. Unfortunately these are the more strenuous forms, but the results you see will be phenomenal and you will feel better than you ever could have imagined if you stick to it.
The key to all weight loss is consistency. Good eating habits and regular exercise will help you to control your weight long term. Also key in this is finding something that you really enjoy doing. Yoga is a very accessible form of exercise. Anyone can do it, regardless of age, weight or fitness level. It also makes you feel significantly better after just one session. In our sedentary lifestyles we don’t stretch nearly enough which results in poor posture and very frequently this presents itself as back and neck pain.
I have suffered with neck pain for many years and often visit a chiropractor, after just three sessions of yoga, my chiropractor was able to make the adjustments really easily because my spine was so much more mobile and it stayed in correct alignment for much longer. My energy levels were also much better.
There are many different types of yoga but all work on a very deep level. The poses have been developed over literally thousands of years to optimise and regulate body systems – your organs, hormones, muscles and blood. This makes it so different from other forms exercise and this is why it helps people to lose weight. Yoga stimulates all your body systems to work on optimum. For example, many people who are overweight complain of an under active thyroid. The right yoga poses stimulate your thyroid gland (which regulates your metabolism) and help it to secrete the correct amount of hormones. Yoga can also help your digestive system which means that when food enters your system your body will process it in the most efficient way possible rather than moving sluggishly through your system over a week or so.
With regular practice, your energy levels and well-being improve. Regular, gentle stretching can help to heal old injuries which means that you will be in a better position to participate in other forms of exercise which will develop a more active lifestyle, which is essential in maintaining a healthy weight. The correct form of yoga can help you lose weight gently and easily but also will give you so much more. Why not give it a try?