Yoga has many benefits, including helping you lose weight!

Aside from the physical side of it that helps you burn calories, the main reason yoga can help you lose weight actually comes from the mental side of it.

We all know that stress leads to a poor diet.  Yoga helps to greatly reduce stress, which not only helps you make better decisions, but also lowers cortisol levels.

Cortisol is the stress hormone that causes weight gain.  Lowering your cortisol levels will help you naturally lose weight.

As far as the physical aspect of it… We’d like to remind you that you will get out of it what you put into it.

Anyone can go through the motions in yoga without really trying.  Yoga is about challenging your mind and your body and taking it to new lengths.  If you challenge yourself, you will burn more calories, and you will lose more weight.

What is an asana?

Asana is roughly translated from Sanskrit as “pose” or “posture.”  This simply means a “yoga pose“.

The literal translation actually means “to be in a comfortable seated position.”  This comes from the branch of yoga called ashtanga yoga, and it refers to the physical exertion and also the mental relaxation that happens in yoga.  Practicing these asanas will bring you awareness both internally and externally.

Written by Amy