• Intention Team

4 Tips If You're Using Yoga For Weight Loss

Yoga is an amazing practice with many benefits: Stress reduction, flexibility, core strength, digestive health, hormonal health and of course, weight loss.

Here are four tips to consider when using yoga for weight loss:

1. Make Sure Your Practice Aligns With Your Goals

There are many different styles of yoga practice and some are better than others when it comes to weight loss.

Slower-paced styles of yoga like Yin yoga, that focus on the breath and holding poses for extended periods of time, are great for flexibility and mental clarity.

For weight loss, you may consider a more accelerated practice. Ashtanga and Bikram Yoga focus more on strength and cardiac output as well as flexibility, and act as a great physical workout that will help if losing weight is your goal.

2. Recovery and Sleep

Giving your body a chance to fully recover is just as important as exercising. Listen to your body, take appropriate breaks between flows and days off when you need them. By resetting and rebalancing your nervous system, digestion, hormonal health and cardiovascular health are improved- all of which are essential for weight loss.

Getting enough sleep is also paramount for weight loss and over all health, and can help you stick to your weigh loss plan more effectively. Research shows that people who get less than 6 hours sleep per night are less likely to achieve weight loss than those who consistently get 6 to 8 hours of sleep per night.

3. Stay Hydrated

When trying to achieve healthy weight loss, drinking water is particularly important. Water essentially helps to flush out your system, reducing fluid retention and acting as a natural appetite suppressant.

Water is also essential for exercise, helping connective tissues, muscles and joints function fluidly. Be sure to keep a glass of water on hand, especially when exercising in hot or humid environments.

4. Be Patient & Consistent

Seeing results can take time. One of the keys to losing weight healthily is to do so slowly and consistently over time. Think of your body composition as the average of all the choices you make with regards to the exercise you do and the food you consume.

Make sure the program you’re following is sustainable as much as it is effective, meaning it’s something you can actually stick to. Be consistent and remember, doing anything is better than doing nothing- slow and steady wins the race!!

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