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juliastl27
10-03-2009, 04:10 PM
hey girls

i need something new in my exercise routine. until now ive just been walking. my asthma stops me from doing most of the aerobic workouts, i was wondering how effective yoga is for weight loss? i know it improves balance, strength and flexibility, but does it burn calories?


ringmaster
10-03-2009, 07:48 PM
It doesn't really burn a ton of calories, maybe the fast paced kind burns some.

What I read it does is some poses (downward dog, some others (http://www.yogawithtony.com/articles/yoga_life_cycles.shtml)) help stimulate the thyroid which in turn can help lose weight.

It also helps relax you, which can help manage emotional and stress eating!

Sarah Ivanhoe's Yoga Makeover is a nice DVD with 5 20 minute workouts (only $6 on deepdiscountdvd), one workout is called Yoga for Weightloss.

yoyoma
10-03-2009, 08:31 PM
I also don't think it is generally considered a big calorie burner, but it is recommended for stress reduction. In addition to helping rein in stress eating, reducing stress can reduce cortisol levels which may help you lose visceral fat (the dangerous kind of belly fat) over the long run.


MeowMix
10-03-2009, 09:18 PM
I do Kundalini Yoga. Right now I have 2 videos I alternate between. I work up a sweat during some of them so I figure they must be burning some calories but I'm not sure it's very many. If what they say about the poses and the breath of fire (a type of breathing used in some poses, I'm not sure if it will affect your asthma but you could always just do regular breathing instead) then they are suppose to help you burn calories faster. I'm not sure if it's true or not but I do enjoy it and it's helped me a lot with stress and endurance.

Kundalini Yoga is the first kind of yoga I've ever done and from what I've heard from people who've done Hatha yoga (the kind you see the most) it's a little strange but like I said, I think it's great. I've become a lot more flexible since I've started also.

The 2 dvd's I use are -

Fat Free Yoga (http://www.amazon.com/Fat-Free-Yoga-Weight-BEGINNERS/dp/B000AY6JVK)

Ultimate Stretch Yoga Workout (http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Stretch-Yoga-Workout-LEVELS/dp/B0006VY6JE/ref=pd_bxgy_d_img_c)

Shannon in ATL
10-03-2009, 09:29 PM
Yoga can absolutely burn calories, depending on what you do. The poses are great for building strength, and there are a lot of cardio yoga flows out there. I did four yoga routines this week from Exercise TV, wearing my heart rate monitor.

Yoga On Edge, Sunset - 27 mins, 53 cals. This one is mellow and the intent is to destress before bed.
Yoga Fitness Plus w/ Elise Gulan - 45 mins, 310 cals. Fast paced, hard as heck, max heart rate during sequence 186.
Thighs & Buns Yoga w/ Tom Morley - 20 mins, 150 cals. Again, fast paced, targets the thighs & buns obviously, max heart rate during sequence 173.
Abs Yoga w/ Tom Morley - 10 mins, 75 cals. Ab exercises never raise my heart rate much.

I've done others as well, some fast paced, some not so much. If you have On Demand from your cable provider check out the yoga section on Exercise TV.

juliastl27
10-03-2009, 11:00 PM
hmmm. i did some reading and they said that even though yoga and pilates dont burn tones of calories, they help build lean muscle which increases resting metabolism. maybe ill give it a shot!

JustBeckyV
10-04-2009, 09:39 PM
I am not sure about the calorie burn but I know I like it lol I guess it would be good to know because maybe I would focus a bit more on it.

SunnyP
10-04-2009, 09:43 PM
LOL Wow at first I was surprised to read here that Yoga doesn't burn many calories, because when I do the P90X yoga video (which is the only yoga I have experience with), I'm sweating my butt off and my HR is way up!

I found this: http://www.elysiumyoga.com/cals.html

It says the Vinyasa yoga (which is what a large part of the one I do consists of) burns 445 calories per hour.

So maybe you'd like to check that one out. It's FAR from relaxing! But I feel great afterward.

Windchime
10-04-2009, 10:41 PM
I don't know if I lost weight doing yoga (when I was doing it a few years ago), but I know that I felt a lot leaner than I do now. I weighed a few pounds more but it seems like I was leaner through the middle. I really liked the way it made me feel.

SweetScrumptious
10-05-2009, 12:38 AM
Bikram Yoga! The only type of yoga that I will do. You sweat a TON since you are in a heated room. I bought his book and it explains the benefits of his yoga - one being to improve breathing and decrease the symptoms and amount of attacks caused by asthma. Some others are weight loss, improve flexibility, stamina, etc. I believe an amazing amount of cals are burnt after a 90 min class of Bikram Yoga. I sure feel like there are. I have been doing this for almost a month and I have noticed great changes in my body - I think I look slimmer.

getfitchicks
10-05-2009, 12:06 PM
I've heard that hot yoga is great for weight loss, something about increased metabolism. I'm giving it a try for the first time this week as well! Here's hoping we'll find success! :)

livinthelife24
10-05-2009, 03:33 PM
I might try some.

JulieJ08
10-06-2009, 01:19 AM
I think some of the best things yoga does for weight loss are:

Really builds a good relationship with your body. If you have a tendency to hate your body, it really helps you see your body as a friend, a good thing.

Helps a lot with the mental battle with overeating. Mindfulness and body awareness are great assets. Also, coping better with stress is always a good thing for emotional eaters.

Katie816
10-06-2009, 01:58 PM
Isn't there a biggest loser yoga for weight loss dvd?

Rochester
10-25-2010, 07:48 AM
Isn't there a biggest loser yoga for weight loss dvd?

Yes, there is....I have it. It's not really yoga, imo, but a fat burning workout that uses yoga poses. There's no focus on the mental aspect of yoga at all (which is an important aspect of "real" yoga). I enjoy the workout though and it's helping me to develop the strength to do poses like downward dog. I'm hoping that when the poses are not so difficult for me, I can move on to "real" yoga and enjoy the experience without the distraction of always falling over. :lol: I don't have any idea how many calories it burns, though.

wickedlady
10-25-2010, 11:29 PM
I think some of the best things yoga does for weight loss are:

Really builds a good relationship with your body. If you have a tendency to hate your body, it really helps you see your body as a friend, a good thing.

Helps a lot with the mental battle with overeating. Mindfulness and body awareness are great assets. Also, coping better with stress is always a good thing for emotional eaters.

this!

It's helped me in both these ways. It also can be a great workout! Some styles are more active than others, but you can certainly gain a lot of muscle strength from even the slower-paced classes. I use yoga for my strength training. But it's helped with mental strength too. It's also helped me have a better relationship with my body and with food. I love it!

splendidsparrow
10-26-2010, 12:55 AM
I'm loving this thread, I'll have to stop by a class here locally or pick up a Dvd as the benefits and uses some people are mentioning are things I need to work on exercise wise.

Davina123
12-27-2013, 02:11 AM
Yoga for Weightloss is effective way to improve balanced and flexibility.

Pattience
01-05-2014, 05:19 PM
I would never bother with something like bikram yoga, though i've experienced being forced to sweat a ton during a fast ashtanga workout in tropical heat. They work on the basis that your body loses toxins from sweating. That's simply not true. Ask any scientist. This notion is based on very old ideas from india where there health ideas tend to be based not on modern science.

Indians had to practice in the heat because its very hot there. but yoga practiced in a comfortable climate is no less good for you and suitable for weightloss.

Waterloss from sweating is not weightloss.

It doesn't matter what sort of yoga you do though some are more strenuous than others. I love Iyengar the most. Its not fast paced but it is strenuous and you feel like you've had a pretty good workout after 1.5 hours. I think in terms of calorie loss it would have much the same effect as most other types of exercise. Certainly its as physical as working out with weights in a gym. Only you use your body as your weights.