Yoga has many benefits that include increased flexibility, stress reduction, more energy and yes, even weight loss. People are often surprised to learn that yoga can help them shed those extra pounds. Western culture does a good job of presenting yoga as a gentle relaxing practice but somewhere along the way the weight loss benefits seem to have been overlooked.
Is every type of yoga suited for weight loss? That is kind of a yes and no answer. To save you time, let’s take a look at the best types of yoga for weight loss and why they work so well.
Vinyasa yoga gives a robust workout due to the constant movement from pose to pose. Not only does it mean more calories being burned, but it also gets your heart rate up, giving you the cardio that your body needs.
Additionally, Vinyasa yoga gives equal attention to all of the body’s muscle groups. This means that in addition to losing weight, you will also tone your body and build lean muscles.
Bikram yoga is different than Vinyasa yoga in the sense that it doesn’t require rapid movement. Don’t let that fool you though. You will work up quite a sweat with this workout.
During a session of Bikram yoga 26 poses are done sequentially over the course of a ninety-minute workout session. The temperature is set to 105 degrees making for a very heated room. A word to the wise – drink plenty of water beforehand. Individuals with certain medical conditions should not partake in this form of yoga so make sure you talk to your doctor in advance.
Ashtanga is one of the more challenging types of yoga. It is definitely not for the faint of heart. Students are required to follow a stringent, disciplined routine that works every part of the body.
Strength building, in addition to weight loss, are two of the many benefits that regular practitioners of Ashtanga yoga can expect to achieve quickly. Poses can be more difficult so beginners are advised to have an understanding of the basics of yoga.
Finally, a word of caution is in order. With any new fitness routine, it is imperative that you speak with your physician as well as start out with a beginner’s level yoga class. Proper instruction and explanation of the yoga essentials including poses, alignment, and mistakes are important to avoid unwanted injuries.