Yoga is a tool that helps the body, mind and spirit. In this day and age, we are suffering from an epidemic of obesity. Yoga has been a tried and tested approach to weight loss that certainly can yield amazing results. If yoga postures are practiced under the guidance of a good teacher, excessive weight issues can be addressed and the benefits will show.
Not only will the excess weight be quickly shed, but health will also be restored. Yoga may not conjure up the same images of a calorie-burning, sweat-inducing workout as boot camp workout or cardio dance-party routines. But don’t be fooled by yoga’s deep breathing and sometimes slow poses: doctors and personal training experts say it can seriously trim and tone your body – and also work on your mind and spirit to help you get healthier overall!
Go Beyond the Burn
Calories burned during yoga vary widely – from 180 to 360 per hour – depending on the type of yoga you practice. During a typical 60-minute session, the deep breathing techniques heat you up inside, helping to flush out toxins and water weight and boost performance and promote weight loss.
Sometimes, Less is More
It’s not necessarily the hardcore class that’s going to help. Yoga can help by regulating breathing, digestion and irregular hormones, which are known to cause weight gain. Hormones rebalance, injuries begin repairing, and digestion proceeds normally – all of which can aid weight loss. Yoga helps to slow you down mentally; so you can learn to distinguish between the urge to eat and the emotional impulses that sometimes drive us to eat to quell our feelings. Yoga can help us discern what we are truly hungry for, and knowing what makes us tick internally can help us lose weight by making better food choices.
Strike a Fat-Burning Pose
Certain poses or asanas, are great tools for weight loss, with benefits that far exceed mere calorie burning and muscle strengthening. Yoga speeds up the metabolism by stimulating endocrine glands that regulate the metabolic rate.
Broaden Your goals
Think big picture – considering not only your physical body, but also your spirit. Ask yourself, ‘Why do I want to lose weight?’ Is it for self-image, a relationship or to boost energy? If, say, 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!
Want to learn more about yoga and its benefits for weight loss? Go take a yoga class at Bliss Yoga Accra!
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