Yoga Stretching For Flexibility And Weight Loss

There’s nothing better than improving your overall flexibility with yoga stretching, but can you also achieve weight loss with yoga? There’s debate on both sides, and it probably depends on the overall balance of activity, diet and years of yoga practice. Now, I have to say that I’ve never met anyone who practiced yoga meditation for any significant length of time who was overweight. I think in the short term, you probably won’t melt off pounds of fat like some of the TV ads claim they can make you do. I truly believe that the long term normalization of body mass (BMI) that occurs with long term yoga practitioners is from leading a much healthier lifestyle. That means not eating the wrong foods, getting much better nutrition, eliminating stress (which really does make you fat because of cortisol secretion), and being physically active in a gentle way on a consistent basis to improve overall body fitness.

Yoga Stretching For Flexibility And Weight Loss

How and why does yoga assist in losing weight?
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

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Yoga stretching contributes to long term weight loss and reduced stress. Photo by Hemera Technologies c/o Photos.Com.

routine. Two of the most popular yoga types recommended for weight loss is the Bikram Yoga and the Ashtanga Yoga. These forms combine the meditative yoga breathing techniques with fast, active movements.

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While yoga stretching is seen by some as insufficient in and of itself to burn enough calories to lose weight compared with, say,  running a marathon, I think that argument misses an important distinction. The long term yoga practitioner is going to be in it for decades, maintaining their flexibility and engaging in the practice consistently. Now, as an example, how many ex-marathoners do you know who were sidelined because of an injury, or had to have surgery, and then had to take months off to recuperate before they could run again? All the while they’re being inactive and putting on excess weight, making it even more difficult for them to get back in the game. I guess the moral here is that slow and steady wins the race.

Let us know what you think about this topic. Please leave a comment and let’s start a discussion going.

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                                                                                                              — James H. West

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