How can I use Yoga to lose weight is a very common question that I get asked. Is it in fact possible to lose weight with Yoga ? Personally I can’t give you the I was there once story, but I can offer you my outlook on it, from a place that is working. I am 100% certain that if you adopt a yogic lifestyle it can be the path to a healthier slimmer more vibrant you. You will achieve Weight loss ( if you have it to lose and that’s your goal) , more lean muscle mass ( which helps burn calories even when your doing nothing) and a more optimistic view on life, where you don’t need to compulsively eat to feel better.
The main factors a balanced nutrition the right exercise ( which can be achieved 100% with different yoga practices , which do require knowledge) and rest. It truly is simple.
I can tell you one thing that does not work in the long term and that is Diet in the true sense of the word. Sure it may work in the short term, but for the long term you need a lifestyle change, which involves a shift in attitude.
Ok what I can tell you about yoga and weight loss. Its the same principles that apply with what ever method that you chosen. It comes down to living a balanced lifestyle ( i can’t repeat this enough) . Really its as simple as ABC
A/ Balanced Nutrition
The right ration for YOU ( we all have different metabolic types and respond differently ) of
A/ Quality Lean Protein
B/ Good Fats ( IE the correct ratio of Omega 3′s – 6 – 9)
C/ Carbohydrates ( ideally with a low GI for sustained release.) Be careful these are not all what they seem. EG white rice has a very high GI !! it may not be for you. Maybe Brown Jasmine is for you with a way lower GI. Maybe rice it not for you?
B/ Right Exercise
You need to get your Heart rate up into the fat burning zone (Interval training is good, Hi intensity movement then rest then repeat) The right Yoga is great for this is as it works muscles ( often multiple groups simultaneously) stretch’s muscles ( again often multiple groups simultaneously) as well as giving you the cardio that you need. It does work to speed up your metabolism for days afterwards. It can take a while a year or so to have enough knowledge to use only yoga for this. ( Be mindful this is only a small part of the bigger yoga picture, but if this is the only reason you want to use it for, its a good start)
Let the work that you are doing do its work. Get plenty of quality sleep .
And yes this can be easier said than done as there is a lot of conflicting information out there, to the point where the mind can boggle. It never ceases to amaze me as to what people can mistake A B C to mean.
Its easy to start removing something for a couple of weeks to see how you feel. Things like diary , wheat, alcohol.
If you have let things slip a little, sure there will be a bit of hard work in the beginning ( maybe to the point of feeling unbalanced) , but where ever we are we did not get there overnight, life is a process and its always one step after the next. You really just need to make better choices. Better choices come from better information, you need to work on your discernment between was it true and right for you and what is not. Beware of the latest FAD DIET that wants to take your money. Ask your self is this person about my well being or making a buck ? Will it last?
One thing about yoga is that it has been around for 1000′s of years, so you can be sure it is not a fad. It is a long term repeatable system. It is also about more than just movement, the full system is about lifestyle choices of what you eat and tools to guide your thought in the direction of your higher self.
Seriously in the western world we have the challenge of too much abundance, there is more people sick and dieing from over eating than from starvation. Yes its a very weird thing.