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Yoga for Weight Loss

Yoga for Fitness

Most people begin a yoga practice to capitalize on the stress-reducing benefits of this ancient mind-body discipline. But one of the little known gems about yoga is its ability to support weight loss.

While it may be hard to believe that a few stretches and downward dogs can actually torch calories, yoga's weight loss effects have much more to do with the mindfulness that yoga engenders and less to do with the actual asanas or postures. That is not to say that yoga asanas don't produce a calorie burn or stimulate muscle growth, which they do and both of these factors significantly contribute to weight loss. Expending more calories than you consume results in weight loss and muscle tissue burns more calories than regular fat tissue.

If you are very overweight or obese, talk to your doctor first about beginning a yoga practice. Certain forms of yoga like Ashtanga or Bikram are much more dynamic and while they may lead to quicker weight loss results, you should always start out slow and work with an experienced yoga instructor.

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