Can Yoga help you to lose weight?

When you are trying to lose weight and get fit, it makes sense to have as many weapons in your armoury as possible.     You will be looking at eating healthier food, reducing how much food you eat, and also some lifestyle changes like doing more exercise and getting more sleep.

Another activity that is sometimes mentioned in relationship to weigh management is yoga.    But how effective is yoga in a weight loss or weight management program?

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Evidently, a medical researcher and practicing yogi called Alan Kristal did a medical study on the weight-loss effects of yoga.

He  ran a trial involving 15,500 healthy, middle-aged men and women and got them all to  comple a survey of their physical activity including yoga and their weight between the ages of 45 and 55.

The results showed that yoga had helped some of them lose weight and also prevented  them from gaining weight.

“Those practicing yoga who were overweight to start with lost about 5 pounds during the same time period those not practicing yoga gained 14 pounds,” says Kristal.

To get these results it was necessary to practice yoga for at least one 30-minute session per week for four or more years.

It is not understood exactly how yoga helps people lose weight and keep it off, but the theory is that the results are due to yoga’s mind-body aspects.    There is a suspicion that  ,” the practice of regular yoga sessions helps to change the relationship of mind to body, and eventually to food and eating.

So what are some of the ways that yoga will assist with your weight loss?   Here is a short list of just some of the benefits of yoga:

  • Yoga stimulate the vital force of the liver
  • Yoga activates the thyroid gland
  • Yoga creates the right pH balance and promotes alkalinity
  • Yoga assists in setting the right balance between the sympathetic and
  • parasympathetic nervous systemActivate the internal heat in the nervous system
  • Yoga cleanses the colon

OK lets get straight down to it.   Yoga is best described by seeing it in action rather than just writing about it.  so grab a mat, put on some loose clothing and follow along with the training videos below:

Jillian Michaels: Yoga Meltdown Level 1

Hot Body Yoga Workout | Yoga Fit- Denise Austin

30 min De-Stressing, Refreshing Yoga Workout for Beginners

Yoga For Weight Loss Workout 2 – 30 Minute Fat Burning Yoga Meltdown Beginner & Intermediate

Ashtanga Yoga: Supta Padangusthasana with Kino

Build Your Plank in Yoga with Kino

Standing Splits in Ashtanga Yoga, Trivikramasana with Kino

Kurmasana in Ashtanga Yoga with Kino

Yoga Backbends with Kino

Ashtanga Yoga Purvattanasana with Kino

Deep Straddle Splits in Yoga with Kino MacGregor

20 Minute Yoga Workout for Beginners, Home Exercise Fitness Training Routine, Austin TX

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http://www.shape.com/fitness/workouts/best-yoga-weight-loss-strength-and-more

http://yoga.about.com/od/yogafa1/f/loseweight.htm

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/weight-loss/yoga

http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/yoga-for-weight-loss

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/yoga/yoga-sequence-for-weight-loss

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