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How to Use Yoga For Weight Loss

Have you wondered if doing yoga will help you lose weight? While yoga can definitely help you become stronger and more flexible it should not be used primarily as a weight loss exercise. Some types of yoga may not raise your heart rate enough to burn enough calories to lose weight. Yoga can help in weight loss though, but how to Use Yoga For Weight Loss?

What do you need?


You just need to prepare your yoga mat. You can do this routine within three consecutive weeks or nearly a month or so unless you’re advised not to do so. Begin from the ‘main move’ in every exercise, but if you find it too difficult for you, then you can start with the ‘make it easier’ variation.

However, if it’s effortless or too easy for you to follow then you better try the ‘make it harder’ way. In order for you to achieve successful results, you can hold each and every pose for a minimum of 5 breaths or maximum of 8 breaths, then later on you can increase the number of times that you’ll repeat the pose. Do not as well forget the 5 One Minute Weight Loss Secrets, in order for you to come up with much better results.

Let’s discuss each of the moves.

1. What is the Main Move?

Main move (Crescent) includes the thighs, hips, and the abs. Relax and then stand with your feet together, while your toes are pointing forward. Once you are in that position, bend forward starting from your hips, and then bring both hands on to the floor. And then, you inhale. If you exhale you should step your one leg back into the lunge. Make sure that your knee is gently bent, like about 90 degrees. Also, it would be knee over ankle. Inhale with your arms raised overhead.

2. What is the ‘make it harder move’?

From your end position, inhale then arch torso with your head backward, looking at the fingertips.

3. What is the ‘make it easier’ move?

Lower your knee so as to touch the floor and as you step back to a lunge, rest your hands on your left thigh.

Why is Yoga better for losing weight?

One of the best reasons is the fact that it activates internal heat. Many people are doing yoga because they believe that this is one of the most well-known methods for losing weight, but this is far from what the truth is. Ancient yogis were creating heat inside their body instead of heating their caves. This is why yoga is very special because it has the power to create warmth. With the use of proper yoga poses, you can lose weight in a matter of 3 weeks or month, depending on how committed you are.

The heat created can burn fats and later on can be the best answer for losing weight. The yoga poses for weight loss can be done by anyone. It requires you to have focus and discipline. This is the reason why successful yogis have lean muscles and have excellent balancing capability.

Bikram Yoga


It provides cardiovascular workout which in fact is exercise-but in a relaxing manner. It doesn’t burn calories as rapid as the fast-paced, rigid workouts, but it does its work slowly and surely as long as you regularly follow the routine. Two of the most popular yoga types recommended for weight loss is Bikram Yoga.

These forms combine meditative yoga breathing techniques with fast, active movements. It also uses heat as an integral part of the exercises in helping you to sweat out the toxins.

The speed of the cardio takes a while to get used to. Nevertheless, it helps quickly deal with losing weight. Ashtanga Yoga exercise, on the other hand, uses a series of complicated yoga postures harmonized with breathing. This is more for those at the advanced level already. It produces internal heat that leads you to sweat out profusely, thereby detoxifying your body.

Essentially, the yoga postures encourage metabolism, calorie burning, respiratory balance, and as mentioned earlier, lowers stress. Not only does it help you lose weight, but it also keeps the weight off through continued practice. It also strengthens your muscles, tones your body, and, best of all, it forges a powerful connection between your mind and body. Yoga weight loss does not happen almost immediately though, you have to spend long hours following the routine to succeed.

Determination, patience, and self-control is a must for those who wish to want to try yoga. But before you do try, as a beginner, you must consult a yoga instructor or your health care provider first to help you determine which type of yoga will suit you best. From there, you can work up to the level that you would like to proceed with. All forms of yoga share one common goal: to balance your mind and body – increasing your self-awareness and providing you with a sense of calmness which will eventually guide you to practice restraint over cravings, anxiety, even depression, the usual causes of weight gain. Yoga is not a calling for everyone, but if you think it’s yours, then go ahead and start now. If nothing else, you’ll enjoy the certain relaxation.

Other yoga styles for weight loss:


Ashtanga yoga requires a very dedicated student and is a lot harder than some other forms of yoga. It is ideal for people to do at home

Power Yoga:

This form is very popular because of the cardiovascular benefits that can be gained.

Hot Yoga:

This is when you practice Vinyasa yoga but in a hot room. This will help you to sweat off some unwanted calories.

If you are overweight or out of shape remember to choose a beginner level class and work your way up. If you do not have a class near you, you can also find yoga instruction DVDs on the internet that can have you on your way to being a real yogi in no time.

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