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How yoga can help you lose weight

Not a fan of cardio and strength training? No worries, stretching your body a.k.a yoga can also help you lose excess weight. Check out how you can do so in this article.

There are all kinds of yoga out there and the best one for weight loss is known as Vinyasa yoga. According to Lipsa Shah, a registered yoga teacher and certified personal trainer, Vinyasa is a type of yoga that pairs flowing posture with breath work. With Vinyasa yoga you’ll move at a faster pace to keep your heart rate high throughout the session. However if you’re new to yoga, you may want to opt for the ‘warm’ or ‘slow burn’ yoga.

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Another type of yoga we would recommend you to try is Bikram yoga or also known as hot yoga. This is another a great choice if losing weight is your goal. You’ll be doing Bikram yoga in a heated room to ensure your heart works harder to supply oxygen all over your body. This process will help to burn more calories.The best part of this yoga is you’ll experience the afterburn effect; where your heart rate remains high even after you’re done with the session. This means that your body will burn fat even when your body is at resting state.

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Now that we already know which type of yoga you should be doing, let’s figure out how the frequency in which you should be performing this workout. According to experts, it’s highly recommended that you commit to three to four sessions per week. One hour per session is good enough to see changes to your body if done consistently.

Still not convinced? Check out the benefits of yoga to your overall health and wellbeing;

Great for stability, mobility and flexibility

According to a study in the January-June 2016 issue of the International Journal of Yoga, 10 weeks of yoga improved flexibility and balance in college athletes. 

Improve sleep quality

You might want to try yoga if you have trouble sleeping as according to a report in the April-June 2017 issue of Sleep Science, yoga is more effective at improving sleep than running.

Stress reliever

A report in the International Journal of Preventive Medicine concluded that yoga can be used as a form of treatment for anxiety and depression.

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