Tone It Up and Lose Weight With Yoga

Have you ever wondered if you can lose weight by practicing yoga? I have heard different answers to this question. My answer to the question is yes. Yoga is a great way to incorporate movement into your life.  I believe a regular practice, a nutritious and healthy diet, some cardiovascular exercise, and plenty of sleep will help achieve weight loss. The type of yoga you practice may make a difference.  A power yoga or vinyasa yoga practice that involves vigorous movement will help accelerate weight loss, as well as tone, strengthen and stretch your body all while calming the mind.

It is all about body awareness. One of the many benefits of practicing yoga is increasing body awareness. A regular yoga practice will help achieve the mind-body connection. When you have that connection, you are more aware of your body’s strengths and weaknesses. You may start to really think about what foods you eat and begin to eat healthier which will play a huge role in weight loss.

Another benefit of a regular yoga practice is decreasing stress. We all know the way the world is now, with economic issues, fast paced lifestyles, lack of sleep and poor nutrition can cause plenty of stress to the body.  According to Prevention Magazine, studies have shown that yoga lowers levels of stress hormones and increases insulin sensitivity-a signal to your body to burn food as fuel rather than store it as body fat.

Yoga is not a fad. It has been around for thousands of years. I believe in yoga and all of its benefits. Bonus- it is free. All you need is a little time to take care of yourself. So do what you have to do, maybe it is to get up 20 minutes earlier or watch less TV. Whatever it is, make a little time for yourself and your health. Like I have said before, your health is your wealth, so get up and do some yoga:)

Yoga can be done anywhere:)


About nthefitzone

Hi, my name is Allyson. I am a 40 something yoga and Pilates teacher. This blog documents my passion for yoga, Pilates, running, strength training, nutrition, and healthy cooking. I hope to inspire others to find their inner athlete, to get strong and healthy, to set goals and reach them. Age doesn't matter. Anything is possible with hard work, determination, drive, commitment and passion. Follow along for some healthy fun and find your inner athlete. It's in there, just waiting to shine :)

Posted on September 9, 2012, in Weight Loss, Yoga and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I agree; nothing negative can be said about yoga and what it can do for all its practitioners:)

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