These are the common questions that we ask ourselves before we even started to take the first step and get the courage to practicing Yoga.
We’ve listed down the 2 most common questions about Weight loss that lots of first timers do have in mind. We do hope you find them relevant.
Can you lose weight by practicing yoga?
No doubt, this is on top our list – who doesn’t want to burn those fats and be able to wear any clothes we wanted or probably flaunt those seemingly perfect bodies in the world, But can yoga help lose weight?
Indeed the answer is a Yes, however yoga is not your ‘Magic potion’ that after taking one class you get the body and all its benefit instantly, That’s not how Yoga works just like a traditional exercise it takes hard work and willingness to achieve one’s goal
“If they are used daily, correctly and consistently, in combination with good food habits, then balance will return to the body and mind and the health of the practitioner will be restored quickly.”
“Yes, and actually it’s become in vogue with a lot of celebrities like Madonna, Halle Berry and Jennifer Aniston. Yoga is a sophisticated tradition with physical, relaxation and breathing exercises.” Dr. Lewis Mahatma, fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine says,
“If someone wants to lose weight in yoga class, they are going to have to be in a class that challenges them. They have to make sure that their heart is going to beat faster.”
“Yoga facilitates weight loss in several ways and, when combined with evidence-based nutritional guidance, can be highly effective” Annie B. Kay, Lead Nutritionist, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge, Mass.:
Which type of yoga is best for weight loss?
Yoga is not just for spiritual elevation and nothing more. Yoga is a tool that helps the body, mind and spirit. If you want amazing results to get the body and to lose weight effectively, there are 2 combinations
1. Eat Healthy, a healthy nutrient dense organic foods – if you want to lose weight you have to be aware of what you eat, disciplining yourself inside will surely help to get the body you want outside.
2. Exercise – Yoga as an ancient science has always been about the benefit that it brings, while there are common types of Yoga that is suitable and proven to be effective to lose weight
- The Best Yoga for Quick Weight Loss is Hot Yoga – “Holding any pose for a length of time burns calories, but bikram adds the bonus of helping you lose excess water weight. The classes are held in rooms heated to 105 degrees and 40 percent humidity, which means you’ll be drenched in sweat by the end of the 90-minute session.” – Source: http://www.shape.com/fitness/workouts/best-yoga-weight-loss-strength-and-more
Did you know that most Hollywood Celebrities love Hot Yoga – (read our blog for list of Celebs doing Bikram yoga) Jennifer Anniston is one of them and she once says – “My legs got leaner. My arms got strong. I’ve maybe even grown half an inch from aligning my spine” and Even David Beckham a pro in his own field makes Hot Yoga part of his regular fitness program.
2. The Vinyasa Yoga – “One Breath One Movement” – Vinyasa yoga is a style of yoga in which you are constantly moving from one pose to another. This constant movement is a great way to burn calories. By quickly moving poses and hour of Vinyasa yoga can approximately burn 450 calories.
- While the Benefits of practicing Vinyasa Yoga are Strength, Good for the heart, Improves Flexibility and Relaxation.
When you practice Vinyasa Yoga, the key is to focus on how you inhale and exhale as you move from one posture to the next.
Yoga helps your body in numerous ways. While there are many forms of Yoga that you can try and practice, however Yoga alone isn’t enough, even though it is full of benefits, but remember to achieve your weight goals you have to center your mind and be aware of your whole being, aware of what you eat, activities and most importantly how you keep your body moving.
About the writer: Chaukei Ngai
I was born in Hong Kong, two months premature and because my lungs were not developed enough to breath on my own, I was put on a ventilator. My whole young life, I always felt like I was struggling just to catch my breath, and many took many trips to the hospital in order to get oxygen. This went on till I was in my 20’s. Then, when I was student at York University in Toronto, I went to my first yoga class and my life completely changed. I’ve never looked back. It was the first time I ever experienced a real connection to my body. I found my passion, and my calling. I found stillness. Eight short years after that Bikram’s class in Toronto, I became the International Yoga Asana Champion. And I have my beautiful son who does yoga with me. I always say that Yoga taught me how to breathe, but it’s also the fire in my life that propels me forward, both spiritually and competitively.