Weight loss is a common denominator as a reason to initiate physical activity. There are so many quick weight loss programs on the market, with diet pills and juice cleanses, it is surprising anyone considers becoming physically active in the first place.
Yoga can be a very good, easy transition from a relatively sedentary life to a more active one. Rather than rush to the gym and join a P90X class (note, I am not against P90X or any other high calorie burning activity) one can have a smoother transition into physical activity. Why not try doing some yoga? Sounds simple enough, right?
Yoga is the perfect blend of cardio and strength building which is highly recommended to lose weight, tone the body, and gain muscle mass. While a regular yoga practice won’t lead you to be completely ripped or muscle man competition ready, it will help you become healthier, stronger, and help tone your body.
The best way to use yoga to successfully lose the weight is to remember that yoga ISN’T FOR WEIGHT LOSS. The purpose of yoga is to meditate and relax. If you only want to lose weight, yoga isn’t going to be the miracle exercise. Also, start slow. Don’t jump into a 110 degree 90 minute Bikram yoga session every day if you haven’t already practiced some form of yoga (especially if you haven’t experience any versions of hot yoga). Start with slow, show flows to ease your body into the poses and the allow your mind to get used to the relaxation and meditation.
Ultimately, to lose weight you will have to change more than the level of physical activity. Losing weight is done by having a full lifestyle change. Changing all habits, from eating to physical activity is the only way you will get to the healthy weight you want. Yoga is a perfect addition to this lifestyle change as it will help balance your mental health and physical health.
For yoga sequences for weight loss, do a quick search on YouTube. You’ll find anything from a 10 minutes sequence to a 90 minute one. Try them out and find something you like! You’ll only stick with something if you enjoy it.