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DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,482)
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2/10/13 3:31 P

Weight loss is not about the exercise you do. Exercising helps the process, and yoga has excellent benefits like improved flexibility, relaxation, and balance, but it isn't a big calorie burner.

Because losing weight is more about the food you eat, you can lose weight doing any activity. Focus on the kitchen, and track your yoga, but realize that yoga does not replace regular cardio nor strength training. It's a great supplement to them both, though!

As for Bikram yoga, I do not trust the estimates claimed by its practitioners. Sweat is not an indicator of increased calorie burn, nor even effort: It's a sign of your heart working harder to cool your body. Exercise calories are burned through muscle movement; this is why strength training's calorie burning benefits are indirect. You don't burn a lot of calories lifting weight, and Bikram yoga is no different. There is no evidence that you burn any extra calories doing Bikram yoga over regular yoga (it's literally the same moves, just in a hotter room.) You can't trust heart rate monitors for estimates doing it because heat causes your heart to beat faster... but not necessarily your muscles to work harder.

If that were so, the southern US wouldn't be the fattest area in the country. We're ALWAYS sweating down here. ;)

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 2/10/2013 (15:49)
SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
2/10/13 1:44 P

Flexibility is an important and often overlooked component of fitness. But yoga is neither strength or cardio training. Yoga can be a good place to start if you are new to exercise and need to get into the habit of exercise and enjoy it. But you would want to branch out once you have adjusted. Some find the relaxation and stress relief it offers a good way to help conquer emotional eating.

I enjoy yoga and it has helped me resolve a number of issues, including sciatica. But I do it in addition to strength and cardio, not instead of.

I would appreciate any citation for Bikram yoga burning so many calories. Sweating is no indication of how hard you are working or how many calories you are burning. Any weight loss achieved through sweating will be regained once you are rehydrated.

RUNNINGAL425 SparkPoints: (80,476)
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2/10/13 12:51 P

Losing weight is burning more calories than you intake over an extended period of time. If yoga is part of your plan, then yes. If you do yoga, but eat extra everyday, then no.

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2/10/13 10:24 A

It would depend on the type of yoga you're talking about and your calorie intake.

Hatha yoga burns the least but is commonly what people do. The focus isn't on heart rate, but rather breath and poses. You could probably lose a little weight initially doing this, but eventually you'd have to move on to something more difficult. I've heard calorie burn estimates between 100-175 per hour.

Ashtanga, Power and Vinyasa yoga still focus on breath and poses, but now you're moving between poses with your breath. These can burn 300-500 calories an hour.

Bikram yoga is done in a room that is 105 degrees Fahrenheit with a 40% humidity level. Many teachers recommend bringing a towel for your mat, you'll be sweating so much. This can burn around 600 calories an hour.

So, yes, you can lose weight doing yoga but it depends on the type you're doing and how often you do it. It also shouldn't be your only method of exercise. I hope that helped!

Namaste

Edited by: PRANA_DANCER at: 2/10/2013 (10:25)
MLAN613 SparkPoints: (166,854)
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2/10/13 9:25 A

I think yoga can help you in your initial weigh loss journey and eventual maintenance as part of an active life style but exercise alone is not sufficient to lose weight. Healthy living is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise.

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2/10/13 9:03 A

personally, I don't think so.... but I loooove yoga and it really does make me more flexible and relaxed, which helps my mind :) when I get into a yoga groove, I actually start to crave it

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2/10/13 9:00 A

Can you lose weight doing yoga? I would appreciate any advice, THANKS!!

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