One of the biggest and most common misconceptions about weight loss is that yoga can play no part in getting you to your ideal weight. People believe that to lose weight they have to survive on lettuce and “feel the burn” 4 – 5 times a week. A huge myth is that burning calories only happens when you’re out of breath or breaking a sweat and as you don’t have to do either of these things when practicing yoga, it has no place in weight loss.
Many forms of Yoga, including Iyengar, Yin and Intuitive, can be slower paces to suit the person or group practicing. People underestimate the health benefits and how regular practice can contribute to weight loss.
3 Ways Yoga = Weight Loss
1. It puts you in touch with your body like nothing else will:
With busy, convenience driven lives, we have never been more out of touch with our bodies. When you practice yoga, you find that you reconnect with yourself and begin to understand what your body needs.
Our bodies are something to look after and treasure, our physical and spiritual health should be at the top of our priority list. Sadly it seldom is and it’s only when yoga practice becomes part of your life that your start noticing the things that don’t work for you physically. When yoga is part of your life you become more conscious of what you are putting into your body and the signs your body is giving you. For example, people start realising that they feel bloated after eating certain foods and can begin to gauge when they are full during a meal.
You begin to make smarter choices, cutting down on alcohol, eating healthier etc… All the things that lead to successful weight loss.
2. It calms the mind and helps you deal with stress:
How is this relevant to weight loss I hear you ask? Have you ever been an emotional eater, overeating through stress or because you are feeling down?
By calming the mind through yoga practice you can reduce the need to emotionally eat. You will be combating any negative emotions you may be feeling through yoga. Eating less leads to weight loss.
3. Weight loss poses:
Certain yoga poses, such as the plough, cobra and bow poses, are known to stimulate the digestive system and thyroid, encouraging an increase in metabolism. This metabolic increase means that you will burn more calories, often on a par with a burst of sweat inducing cardio exercise. Burning more calories leads to weight loss.
The result of regular yoga practice, is that you get to know yourself, your mind and body. You have the time to focus on what you want you and your life to look like. If that includes a healthier, thinner you, then the additional focus provided by regular yoga practice could be the kick start you need.