Many people sign up for hot yoga, in particular, because they have heard that it is a fantastic way to lose weight. Unfortunately, it is an urban legend that each class burns on average 1,500 calories. However, although not fully understood, there does appear to be a relationship between the regular practice of yoga (hot and non-hot) and weight loss.
Unfortunately, not many studies have rigorously examined this relationship and cause and effect has yet to be established. For example, it is not known if yoga has a direct or indirect effect on weight loss – does performing the postures reduce body mass? Or does performing the postures improve joint mobility and reduce back pain allowing one to be more active in general?
However, the few studies that do exist suggest that yoga may be associated with weight loss or maintenance as a result of:
- The calories burned during a yoga class
- The regular practice of yoga may allow for additional exercises to be performed outside the yoga class as a consequence of reduced back and joint pain
- Yoga heightens mindfulness, improves mood and reduces stress which may help reduce food intake
- Yoga may encourage a deeper connection between mind and body which may lead to enhanced awareness of satiety and the discomfort of overeating
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