Some doctors believe that yoga is not suited to combat obesity, as it is not able to generate fat burning heart rate. Yoga which will help to strengthen the muscles and make the joints more flexible will not help to lose weight. However, there are studies that prove that people who regularly practice yoga will gradually lose some weight.
At the moment, scientists can not explain how yoga helps to lose weight. The average woman weighing 150 pounds, can only burn 300 calories.
But here’s the thing. Yoga – is not only the physical activity, it is a comprehensive approach to life in general. Yoga reduces the production of stress hormones and accelerates the secretion of insulin, it causes the body to use food as fuel and helps with bodies natural ability to cleanse.
The undeniable fact of yoga that it makes the body work. All activity while practicing yoga should be performed while using special breathing technique. If done correctly it can help to speed up the body’s metabolism.
In yoga there are more than a dozen varieties. Classic: Kundalini yoga and Hatha yoga. Some modern varieties include – Ashtanga Yoga, Power Yoga and Bikram Yoga. These are considered to be the most effective for weight loss.
Ashtanga Yoga is performed quite dynamically and is the best type of yoga for people in a good physical shape.
Bikram yoga is one of the more exotic choices and is done in an environment that tries to mimic the climate in India. It is typically done in the heat above 105 F and sessions last for about 90 minutes. This type of yoga has become very popular and can help to improve mindfulness, strength, muscle tone, flexibility and fitness overall.
If you have never done yoga and are unfamiliar with this type of movement we recommend that you start in class with formal instructions. It is not as easy as it might seem and injuries are very common for beginners. Once you have done at least a few months of classes you should be able to continue at home. There are many free instructional videos that can be found online.
Consider that besides weight loss yoga can also help with production of endorphin otherwise known as the “happy” hormone. It will not only give you a healthier and stronger body but will improve mood, lessen anxiety and in some instances even depression.
People with any medical disorders should consult their primary care physician before starting any new exercise routine.