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Is Yoga Weight Loss Really Possible?

Monday, March 7th, 2011

become a yoga teacherBy Kimaya Singh

No other holistic path brings body and soul into harmony like the Indian teaching of Yoga does. Actresses, models, directors, and housewives, practice the ancient art of Yoga to process stress, or to prevent it altogether in the first place. Nevertheless, is there anything else that Yogic methods can offer besides inner peace? Indeed, with only a few Yoga exercises one can obtain a perfect body shape; thus, reach his or her ideal weight.

Can Yoga help one to lose weight permanently? This is still is a controversial topic that brings about many different opinions. Fact is that Yoga can be both a physical and mental activity at the same time, which solely depends on the exact training method or style. Regardless of which kind of Yoga is ultimately practiced, the Indian doctrine is in no way comparable with regular exercise or sports.

Yoga is a holistic practice involving more than just the physical body and its methods are gradual. There is no encouragement to injure oneself for short term gain. As a comparison, a 135-pound person would burn about 150 to 200 calories for an hour of Yoga exercise.

In an hour of workout, swimming or jogging, the calories burned would be approximately 300 to 500 calories, which is at least double the amount of Yoga. However, with a very physical Yoga style and application, it is possible to reduce weight faster. This is due to unrealistic demand of lose weight now at all costs. This is why hot Yoga has grown, due to demand of reducing body weight.

Gentle Yoga creates strength and understanding for one’s own body. This harmony supports the person to understand that his or her body is not an enemy that has to be fought with, but, rather, something he or she must cherish.

It is essential to absorb the wisdom of Yoga, as learning how to deal with daily stress, combined with a correct diet, sets the first foundation toward successful weight loss without much trouble. However, it is vital to keep in mind that only a moderate long term goal, as well as a realistic time frame, will create the desired results.

Of course, one can relate the positive side effects on the body’s fitness and the reached dream-weight, to the Yoga exercise. As with any other physical activity, the number of consumed calories rise with the amount of exertion.

Implementing additional yoga exercises into the daily routine, such as Ashtanga, Power Yoga and Hot Yoga, can aid in burning even more calories than usual. Yet, moderation is still a key element at the heart of Yogic practices.

It must be realized that Yoga alone is certainly no calorie killer. The Yogic path can promote and support a healthy lifestyle a controlled level of physical activity. Although Yoga on its own does not make people slim, it paves the way toward a relaxed, balanced, and healthy lifestyle, which, in the end, includes an ideal body weight for that person.

Is Yoga a weight loss solution?  Due to Yogic lifestyle changes and long term effects – Yes, it is.

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