Can I Lose Weight With Yoga?

by Isabelle on September 5, 2012

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The answer is yes.

It won’t happen overnight but with a consistent dynamic Yoga practice at least 2-3 times per week supplemented by lifestyle & diet change, It will definitively happen.

One of my students recently lost 14 pounds in 2.5 months of our bi-weekly Energetic Vinyasa Flow™ Yoga practices with 3 additional weekly cardiovascular workouts.

Yoga has many benefits. A regular program of Yoga  can help you keep your spine supple, your core strong, your mind relaxed and centered. It tones and sculpts your entire body. It strengthens your immune system, reconditions your nervous system, and boosts your metabolism.

Here are the Golden Rules to Lose Weight:
- First, you need to increase your heart rate, sweat therefore increase your metabolism both in your Yoga practices and your exercise work out.
- Secondly, set your intention and create a new mindset.
- Thirdly, plan your week ahead of time. Incorporate daily or every other day exercise routine such as Yoga, cardio vascular activities, strength, muscle toning/ sculpting, stretching and relaxation.

Not all Yoga Practices are Equal For Losing Weight!
I do recommend an aerobic Flow Yoga style such as Vinyasa Flow, Hot Yoga, Ashtanga. Power, Kundalini or Bikram. Practice Yoga at least 2-3 times a week a 90-minute session with a more gentle Yoga style on other days such as easy flow or Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga or Relax deeply classes. The gentle practices will allow you to release and relax. Deep relaxation strengthens your immune system and increase your lymphatic circulation which helps breaking down body fat.

If you are a beginner, start with Sun Salutation series A  & B and build it up from here. As you become familiar with the postures and the vinyasa transitions, increase your speed, link your breath to your movement and cultivate being present: here and now. Then you can incorporate a daily 2-10 minutes core abdominals series, more standing poses such the warriors 1, 2 & 3, triangle, chair pose and twists. Do not forget a daily 5-minute slow breathing and centering practice upon waking up, before going to bed or at the beginning or end of your Yoga practice.

How to Keep it Off
In order to lose weight with Yoga and keep it off, you need to incorporate 5 key elements into your lifestyle for lasting changes which are adequate rest & sleep, drinking enough water, minimum 2 liters daily, eating a balanced diet with 50% raw food,  proper type of cardiovascular exercises and caring for yourself emotionally.

Consistency and discipline are 2 Yoga virtues that will pave your way to a lighter you. Be patient as it takes up to 3 months to see the full slimming results.
Find a way to sprinkle playfulness, joy and pleasure in all that you do.
Have a Yoga buddy that your can share your classes with.
Workout with a friend, walk, hike or run in beautiful settings and drink in beauty.
Cultivate self compassion & feel grateful for who you are, your life, all that you have, your family/friends as well of all the obstacles you encounter.

Movement is the ultimate secret to feeling alive, vibrant and slim. Every time you have an opportunity to sweat and shake your body, go for it.

Life is a journey not the destination. So enjoy this journey: your life’s journey. 

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