Often come to our studio people wanting to lose weight and ask us if yoga could help them.
Though yoga may not conjure up the same images of a sweat-inducing workout as bootcamp or cardio dance-party routines. Doctors and personal training experts agree that a regular yoga practice can seriously trim and tone your body, better yet also work on your mind and spirit to help you get healthier overall. Remember, if your mind is fine your body will follow.
Yoga’s deep breathing and sometimes-slow poses fool many. Deep breathing techniques, that heat you up inside, help flushing out toxins and water weight, also boost performance of the lymphatic system and organs. Gentle and restorative yoga, two passive yoga practices available at our studio, can help with weight loss. When overweight you need to be extra careful to avoid injury and this practices could be a great wait to start.
A restorative yoga session will be kicking on the parasympathetic nervous system, which regulates breathing, digestion and hormones. In a gentle yoga class, certain poses (asanas) speed up the metabolism by stimulating endocrine glands that regulate the metabolic rate.
When practicing yoga, losing weight shouldn’t be your objective, devise some related goal such as being able to take the stairs or play with your kids without getting out of breath. Then notice your successes as you move forward. If your goal was better health and your breathing has improved and your lower back has strengthened due to yoga, even if you haven’t yet lost a lot of pounds, give yourself some credit and keep up the good work. Yoga teaches awareness of the self, which is important for long-term change.
So next time you think weight loss, seriously consider yoga among your possibilities. Ask your doctor before you begin, find a class that suits your needs and get started.