From deep breathing techniques to specific body postures yoga is a form of health and relaxation practice. When practiced daily can lead to healthy weight loss. Many practitioners have made it a part of their life. Living a yogic lifestyle means having discipline while incorporating healthy lifestyle habits that will lead to natural weight loss.
In many instances, it has been observed to burn fewer calories than traditional exercises like lifting weight at the gym, running or some high-intensity interval training, which is true. But when you compare the long term benefits, it really helps to improve your body flexibility and sustain your weight loss.
Now what if you say, can I do both? Do my traditional workouts with the practice. Yes, you can combine it up with gym routine which is ideal if you want to lose weight fast. Traditional workouts will help you burn calories faster and your practice will help your body to improve flexibility and increase mindfulness.
First things, you need to get started with the practice. But how?
If you have no clue, then hitting the mat in a trial Hatha yoga class will be great. To start out you will need to learn some basic asanas which you will be able to practice at the comfort of your home every day. Great for beginners, it is a slow moving class where each posture is held for a few breaths.
Once you comfortable with some beginner-level poses get ready to sweat it! Vinyasa yoga - a more dynamic, faster form sometimes even accompanied with music will get your heart rate up. If you are looking for something more challenging, you can opt for ashtanga yoga where the flow of your body movement and breath will be used to produce internal heat.
Consistency is the key. The idea is to get some amount of practice every day. This way your body will get used to the movements and gain flexibility. You can start by practicing a few minutes of daily. Once you make a habit you can increase your duration.
By practicing every day you will be creating a more balanced lifestyle, that means even your eating habits will be regulated. With regular practice, you will need a timely routine for preparing your meals and eating. Unlike in the gym, while training with weights you build more muscles if you lift heavier, which is not the case here, you need consistency and discipline to see results.
Positive attitude for weight loss
On your weight loss journey, you are not only able to lose weight, get healthier, but also be able to understand and listen to your body. You will form an intimate connection with yourself giving you more energy to do the things you love. That means you will be able to lose weight and be the healthier version of yourself.
You can fall in love with your practice and spread or teach it to your friends and family as well. You will observe your body starting to respond positively to your efforts and giving you wonderful energy all day long. And that’s how it will become a part of your life and weight loss, being healthy will come naturally to you.
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” ~ Lao Tzu
So are you ready to take your first step? You will be able to lose weight if you are ready to make a holistic commitment to yourself. Start your practice and start connecting.