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7/2/14 7:42 P

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Thanks for sharing your experience, PHILPINDER

What makes a person who they are, are the choices they make. Albus Dumbledore

Our choices define us. E. Kant

If you keep believing in yourself and seek enthusiasm inside your soul, things will get simpler, more spontaneous. P. Coelho

Knowledge is like the wind, once you obtain it, you can go anywhere. Yellow Hare(Native-American Chief)


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7/1/14 9:30 A

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This is very helpful post. With this post i also want to share my experience. I was so fatty 2 years before and my wright was 80 KG. But when i joined yoga classes boca raton www.hotyogabocaraton.com from Yoga Aura i lost 15 KG weight in 5 Months. Yoga Aura instructors teach you various yoga methods to that you can get fit body as well as get rid from Pain.

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3/1/14 10:40 A

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That shows the benefits of home practice very well ...

Of late, my most inspiring teachers I learned about online happen to be vegan - but, imho, tolerant of us flexitarians ...

I have to low-carb-it.

THAT alone resulted in a loss recently, of 49 pounds ...

Well, I think some of it was wasting syndrome, but at the doctor's office they tend to disagree ...


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3/1/14 10:31 A

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qX9FSZJu448
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When Jesus takes your hand, He keeps you tight. When Jesus keeps you tight, He leads you through life. When Jesus lead you through life, He brings you safely home. ~ Corrie Ten Boom ~

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Being overweight is hard, losing weight is hard, maintaining a healthy weight is hard. Choose your hard.


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4/30/12 3:36 P

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When I started practicing yoga 13 years ago, I was about 40 pounds heavier than I am now. I lost weight slowly and steadily doing only yoga for a couple of years, and then began adding other things in like cardio/strength workouts. I started running two years ago also. Overall I would say that yoga not only helped me lose weight, but helped me become more focused and peaceful. Yoga started me on a much healthier path than I was on, and has made me realize that weight is only a number- how you feel determines how healthy you are.

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4/28/12 3:03 P

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I am sporadic with my yoga - but did some last night before I went to bed.... slept like a baby and feel great today!! need to get back at it.

I have been maintaining my weight so that is good.

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4/27/12 10:58 A

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Yoga has TOTALLY replaced strength training for me. But my weight training light weights/circuit training routine had been suitable for my age, ability, time to devote to the task, and potential; to many on Spark it may appear as a kind of a joke (point taken, but still I have to work with what and where I am).

Somehow, yoga won't make a dent in what cardio used to do for me when I had time for it (in addition to yoga and yoga fusion). I have foot problems and can't go for runs/anything high-impact, which would accomplish more in less time. Cardio used to effect further weight loss. End of story with that.

Still, my lifestyle and ailments lean heavily towards implementing a lot of yoga.


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4/1/12 12:33 A

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ANNACONDA30, indeed is the same article I just posted it in a way when you click on it, you'll be directed to the article, when you want to share another link click on "Add a link" on top of the message square and paste the info there. It's easier for everyone to go to the link this way. The credit for the article is yours. Thanks for posting it in the first place!

In my case I'm trying to loss 1-2 pounds, I started practicing yoga every day, I haven't reached the weight I want but my body looks leaner, my energy levels are good, I have more flexibility and a feel a peace inside myself that helps me to deal with my daily life. I also incorporated meditation to my practice, not daily just yet but I did the 21-day D. Chopra Challenge and helped me to start this routine. Hope you'll find your own answer to your question. Yoga is a personal experience.Namaste!

What makes a person who they are, are the choices they make. Albus Dumbledore

Our choices define us. E. Kant

If you keep believing in yourself and seek enthusiasm inside your soul, things will get simpler, more spontaneous. P. Coelho

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3/31/12 11:30 P

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Punchi - thanks for the yoga journal artlcle link. Loved the article!

I am pretty active and try to do lots of stairs, but other than my yard and garden work, occasional walks, and some biking I have no regular exercise other than yoga. To keep to the spirit of this thread - I was able to attain my weight loss goal with mostly yoga as my form of exercise/practice. I'm a believer!

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3/30/12 5:22 P

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Hi everyone,
This thread seems to have veered slightly away from my intention, but I guess that's the nature of message boards. These things tend to evolve and/or repeat. I actually posted the same Yoga Journal article below. :)
Anyhow, I really appreciate your response CarolJean, because that is what I was looking for; confirmation from an actual Sparker that this can be a helpful tool for weight loss, given certain conditions. It's simply amazing that you have maintained your weight for that long! Kudos to you, that's very inspirational. :)

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3/30/12 2:49 P

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PUNCHILOUIE: Thank you so much for sharing these articles. The Yoga Journal article I found very interesting. It delights me that it can cause all kinds of physiological benefits beyond what I was aware of. I responded to all the facts and studies it presented. It feels so good. I know it has made a big difference to my health in so many ways. Now I'm even more desiring to extended my practice. Thanks again.

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3/30/12 12:54 P

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I'm not sure if what I'm doing really qualifies as HIIT but I'm doing an interval program it is one of the C25K programs. I'm trying to get in 3 days a week with that but it has been lacking. I'm working on it though.

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3/30/12 12:48 P

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www.yogajournal.com/practice/739

www.livestrong.com/article/370149-do
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Edited by: PUNCHILOUIE at: 3/30/2012 (13:18)
What makes a person who they are, are the choices they make. Albus Dumbledore

Our choices define us. E. Kant

If you keep believing in yourself and seek enthusiasm inside your soul, things will get simpler, more spontaneous. P. Coelho

Knowledge is like the wind, once you obtain it, you can go anywhere. Yellow Hare(Native-American Chief)


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3/30/12 12:21 P

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If you're wanting to lose weight, I would add cardio, or even better, interval training to your yoga practice. HIIT interval work got my metabolism sorted out. It gets it going fast. The actual workouts are short -15 or 20 minutes plus you also continue to burn calories for the rest of the day. Unless you like long-distance running or other endurance type activities, interval training or HIIT does a whole lot in a little time compared to 45-60 minutes of same paced cardio. Once again, the fitness tracker doesn't accurately calculate the calorie burn, but how you feel, how your clothes fit, will. It's also something one doesn't do more than a couple of times a week so it could be compatible with an extensive yoga practice. Good luck .

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3/30/12 11:26 A

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After reading numerous articles and blogs and what not I decided to take out my yoga as cardio and put it in the quick tracker so I get credit for the fitness minutes. I didn't want to think I was burning more calories than what I was and setting myself up for weight loss failure. The whole thing leaves me scratching my head.

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3/29/12 6:53 P

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The fitness industry doesn't quite know what to do with yoga. I think it is partially becaue as Petulia pointed out yoga is a physical activity, but so much more. For me yoga is mind, body, heart experience that keeps me balanced physically, mentally and emotionally. And, I am sweating like mad when I am done with my 45-50 minute daily practice.
That said, my yoga teacher encourages his students to do additional cardio and I must admit, I 'm good about that in good weather... love to ride my bike... not so good in lousy weather,
My success story with yoga begins after reaching my goal. I started doing yoga about 2 months after I reached goal and I have maintained for over 5 years.... I call that a success story and that has been primarily through yoga.

Lost 65 lbs and maintained since 2006.


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3/29/12 5:56 P

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ST= strength training. HIIT= high intensity interval training: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
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As far as answering your question about tracking yoga, maybe someone else has an idea. I suppose you could enter and add various routines you practice in the "track strength exercises" aspect of the fitness tracker. For example, you could write on the tracker, "Diana's Class" or " such-and-so DVD" or ... and add those to your favorites so they are always there. SP tracks strength exercises but does not calculate any calorie burn from them. I suppose there are too many variables. I guess, for that matter, you could write in your own yoga practices in the cardio section in the same way. Maybe to use the fitness tracker to keep track of your yoga practice, of how and what you practice, and let that be the goal. I don't know. Perhaps other people have other ideas.

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3/29/12 4:52 P

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ok petalia help me out here maybe it is a brain fart but what is ST and HIIT? I know power yoga is the only one on the SP cardio list but is there somewhere else to track yoga? I think it should still count towards fitness minutes.

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Hmm....Yoga for me has become essential in my ability to be present here on this earth. It has joined with good nutrition, what I choose to put into my body in a mindful way. It is another structured physical activity that I do along with ST, HIIT, core and balance work, and outdoor sports. Since restarting my yoga practice, I have also begun daily meditation. It is integral to my road to health and wellness. These notions of being in the present and being focused, that I practice in yoga, are my goals for the rest of my life off the mat as well. Yoga, for me, goes way, way beyond physical activity. Yet, I find I do need the physicality of yoga to work towards my goals. Hmm...According to SP, only power type yoga elevates the heart-rate over a sustained period of time to be a cardio type activity. In general, yoga strengthens muscles but I don't think of it as a replacement for ST. For me, it is about breathing and being. I guess I don't think of my yoga practice as outright exercise.

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3/29/12 1:40 P

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This article was posted by another Sparker in a similar thread.

Is Yoga Enough to Keep You Fit?
http://www.yogajournal.com/practice/739

It argues that the answer is yes, and provides some research studies. Many people, as I mentioned in my initial post, argue that one should incorporate cardio and strength training too. Whereas the yogis in this article, used yoga alone.

I can see how the results may vary by the individual. Regardless still curious to hear from Sparkers about their successes!

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I have kind of wondered the same thing as I'm not sure how to track yoga. I have been putting it under cardio with varied calorie counts based on info I've found online. Basically I go at it like this

restorative 150/hr
basic 175/hr
yin 200/hr
moderate 225/hr

Mainly I'm looking at how to track it appropriatedly because I've heard it isn't really cardio workouts. I'm just throwing this out there because I'm also curious as to whether yoga by itself can lead to weight loss and toning.

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Hello!
I am re-starting a yoga practice after years of a sedentary lifestyle. My fitness/health/weight loss plans include riding my stationary bike for 30 mins. daily, practicing yoga 2 to 3 times a week (hour long sessions, both in-class and home video), and maybe one day of strength training.
I've read enough to know that the body needs aerobic conditioning, strength, and flexibility; so any workout plan should be a combination of those three components... yet I can't help being curious about whether there are people out there who have achieved success with yoga alone.
I scrolled through the archives of this discussion forum, and the question about whether yoga is "enough" has been asked several times, but my specific question is: are there any yoga weight loss success stories out there in Spark People Land??

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