Can Yoga Aid in Weight Loss?
Friday, May 3, 2019
The short answer is yes, yes it can! Even gentle and restorative yoga can help with weight loss by kicking on the parasympathetic nervous system, which regulates breathing, digestion, and hormones. Yoga also speeds up the metabolism by stimulating endocrine glands that regulate the metabolic rate.
Certain poses can also help with weight loss:
· Shoulder Stand and Fish Pose: Both rouse the thyroid, helping to give your body a metabolism boost.
· Valrasana (spinal twist), a lengthening Child’s Pose, and Cobra Pose: These twisting poses massage the abdomen, target internal organs and aid with optimal digestion.
· The Dogs: Downward-facing Dog and Upward-facing Dog poses are particularly helpful in toning hips and thighs.
Many yoga practices burn fewer calories than traditional exercise (e.g., jogging, brisk walking); however, yoga can increase one's mindfulness and the way one relates to their body. So, individuals will become more aware of what they are eating and make better food choices.
But if you’re someone who really wants to lose weight through yoga, you are going to have to be in a class that challenges you. There's all different levels of yoga. There is yoga that's meant for the mind, for the spirit, for healing, repair, preventative, therapeutic and there's power yoga, and yoga sculpt, that are meant more for exercise... there is yoga for anything your body needs, really.