Wait, Yoga Can Help Me Lose Weight?!

“I thought it was just a bunch of easy stretches and rolling around on floor…?”

Most of us know that practicing Yoga can be a great way to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and feel more calm and focused. But did you know that Yoga can also help you lose weight?!

Granted, it depends on which type of Yoga: a gentle class focused on stretching will clearly burn less Calories than a more vigorous style. But all types of Yoga can benefit those looking to lose weight, and one study even showed that easy peasy Restorative Yoga is effective in helping overweight women to lose weight, including abdominal fat!

How Can Yoga Help You Meet Your New Years Resolutions?

// Yoga helps you be more present in your body, and therefore better connected to your natural cues of hunger and fullness. Its calming effects on the nervous system make you less likely to binge or stress eat; and its detoxification effect on the kidneys, liver, and thyroid mean that you’re more likely to reach for unprocessed foods when you do eat.

// Yoga balances the endocrine system, which includes the adrenal glands and all hormones. This both decreases the overall amount of belly fat and increases feelings of wellbeing. “One study found that a consistent yoga practice improved depression and led to a significant increase in serotonin levels and a decrease in the levels of monoamine oxidase (an enzyme that breaks down neurotransmitters) and cortisol.”

// Yoga helps you sleep better, which offers a ton of benefits for both mind and body. Disrupted sleep has been linked to weight gain, mood swings, overeating, emotional eating, and decreased immunity, while quality sleep has been proven to support weight loss.

Yoga can do all that!? Yes, and much more…

//  Yoga prevents cartilage and joint breakdown. It has been proven to increase bone density and improves balance. All of these help you engage in exercise more safely to maintain a long term healthy weight.

Yoga drains the lymphatic system and boots immunity; increases blood flow; lowers blood sugar; prevents IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and other digestive complaints; reduces pain; supports substance use recovery; keeps allergies and viruses at bay; builds self-esteem & confidence; and supports healthy fascia / connective tissue!

// Yoga increase muscles tone, meaning that you will burn more Calories in general; additionally, stretching your muscles can increase the effectiveness of any exercise regimen. The Journal of Applied Physiology found intense stretching can increase muslce mass by 318% in 28 days.

Rock Your Resolutions in 2020

Planning to shed some weight for this new year / new decade? Take advantage of our 28 Days for $28 plan to jumpstart your 2020 goals. Whether you join us for our “Rock Your Resolution” classes** that will get your heart pumping and work up a sweat – or simply utilize our relaxing, stretch-focused classes to support your overall fitness routine, Yoga has been proven to support better physical & mental wellbeing, including weight loss.

“I joined the Waynesville Yoga Center (WYC) with an unlimited classes/monthly membership and take as many classes as I can weekly! Since joining, I have lost 23 pounds! Some of it is from changing my diet and being more active in general, but some of it is definitely from the classes I take every week at WYC.” {Pat R.}

 

**Rock Your Resolutions Series are challenging classes designed to give you a killer workout. Come prepared to sweat! See our class calendar for details**

 

Leigh-Ann Renz offers yoga + massage at Waynesville Yoga Center

 

Leigh-Ann Renz is a massage therapist, yoga instructor, and part of the management team at Waynesville Yoga Center.

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