Yoga may not burn as many calories (175 calories per hour) as aerobic exercises, or running or swimming (400-500 calories per hour), but it really can help weight loss. How can yoga help you lose weight? Well, weight loss involves more than just eating less and exercising. There are mental, emotional and spiritual aspects that play a role in your success, which yoga addresses.
According to SparkPeople.com, yoga encourages you to adopt a new lifestyle, which is key to making permanent life changes concerning your health. You can get to the root of your inner burdens and self-sabotage, putting into practice one of yoga’s greatest precepts: letting go of what no longer serves you. Yoga encourages looking inside yourself and deciphering your emotions and feelings.
Many people struggle with emotional eating. Yoga promotes calm feelings to reduce stress. Reducing the hormones released by stress can affect your appetite and the body’s tendency to store extra body fat. When practicing yoga, you activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which slows things down, permitting your body’s systems to rest. Your hormones will become balanced, your injuries will begin to repair and your digestion performs optimally- all of which will aid weight loss.
TimeLess Yoga offers a class specifically for weight loss on Mondays from 10:00-11:00am. It is a great class for those who have interest in yoga but don’t know where to start. All of the TimeLess Yoga instructors are kind and personable, and will help anyone feel comfortable and at peace with their yoga practice.
Practicing yoga can give you a sense of power over your body. You are in charge of who you are and who you want to become.
*Information from Medscape and SparkPeople