Can Yoga Really Help You Lose Weight?
The answer is yes! The practice can help you achieve slim-down success by burning calories, toning muscles, improving your sleep, and helping you de-stress. Get ready to say "Om."
- By Marnie Soman
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A 165-lb woman will burn about 200 calories in a hatha yoga class. If you choose a class or DVD that's more strenuous, that number will rise.... more
A 165-lb woman will burn about 200 calories in a hatha yoga class. If you choose a class or DVD that's more strenuous, that number will rise. Practicing the poses can also help strengthen and tone your arms, legs, and core.
DVDs are a great way to begin, says Saidman, since they allow you to get comfortable with basic poses and the flow of a class in the privacy of your home. When you're ready, try classes until you find a teacher you click with. Just do as much as you can, comfortably, and know that you'll improve over time. She suggests trying the next three moves, which she says are easier for bigger bodies but still burn calories while toning muscles.
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