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6 Ways Yoga Can Help You Lose Weight

by Elaine Clara Mah

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Yoga is extremely beneficial in so many ways. It helps you meditate, make you happier, as well as give your confidence a boost. But yoga also can help you lose inches off your waist! 

It might be hard to believe this low cardio workout can help lose weight, but the team at BookYogaTeacherTraining.com are firm believers in the practice and so here are 6 ways in which yoga can help you lose weight!


It gets your heart rate up

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The basic idea for weight loss is to get your heart rate up and down in short burst. When your heart beats faster, your muscles work more and therefore your body burns more calories. In yoga, some poses or sequences to just that! A few sets of Surya Namaskar A and B will get your heart pumping in no time. Vinyasa yoga, which works the vinyasa flow into each pose, is also a good way to get your blood pumping. For more challenge, try Ashtanga yoga!


It hits on the parasympathetic nervous system

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Believe it or not, gentle and restorative yoga can also help with weight loss. Many of us live in a high stress environment day in and day out, causing pressure to our nervous system. Our body is almost always in a flight or flight mode. Through gentle yoga practices like Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga, we can tap into our parasympathetic nervous system, which helps our body rest and reset and allow for our hormones levels to rebalance itself, injuries to heal and our digestive system to work, inadvertently leading to weight loss.


It increases mindfulness


One of the key benefits of yoga is helping its practitioner increase mindfulness. The focus on breath and body and the connection of body, mind and breath helps you be mindful and more aware. When practiced daily, it is easy to take that mindfulness off the mat and into the rest of your day. This is extremely beneficial for weight loss as you become more mindful of what you eat, when you eat or even why you eat. With yoga, your focus is turned inward and you eventually view yourself with compassion and treating your body with the same virtue.


It builds strength


Have you seen the gravity defying poses that some yogis do so effortlessly? A key to poses such as arm balances is strength. In yoga, you are required actively use your muscles in poses, either lengthening or shortening them. This helps with weight loss as muscles are active tissues. When worked, muscles consume fat stores for energy, and the stronger your muscles become, the more they will burn fat stores even while resting! While all yoga poses will help build muscles, arm balances are an excellent group to work with. To start off, try Bakasana!


It detoxes your body

Our lifestyle today includes a diet of food filled with preservatives and artificial ingredients. We are also breathing in polluted air as a result of living in the city. All these factors have contributed to varying health issues including constant fatigue, anxiety and constipation. These are signs that our body is in need of a detox. While you can also detox through several detox programs available out there, it is also possible to detox through yoga. There are many yoga poses that cleanses the liver and the colon. For example, Padangushtasana aids in massaging the liver, which helps get old and stagnant blood moving. 

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