Aug 4, 2014

Yoga for weight loss?


I gotta admit, I've never been a yogi. I've always loved the idea of yoga, but not until recently have I started to appreciate all of it's benefits. I teach a yoga class every Saturday and slowly but surely it has become one of the best parts of my week.

I mean really, yoga on a Saturday morning on the beach.. what's not to love? Naturally, I made my hubby tag along with me. I had to drag him with me week after week until one week he started to really enjoy the class. The other day, he actually said, "I can't wait for yoga on Saturday." And he told me he thinks the reason why he's lost weight recently and started to feel a lot stronger is in part to yoga. And then yesterday he was doing downward dogs on the beach... what?! Never did I ever think the day would come... Oh how I love my little yogi husband.

But can yoga really make that big of a difference? ... especially if it's only once a week? Yes, my friends, it can.

I recently read an article in Prevention magazine that had a similar message to my post, Is Stress Making Me Fat?! . Since Yoga reduces stress, think about it this way...
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The article went on to illustrate several studies that prove how our stress and hormone levels are in direct relation to our weight. Furthermore, these studies show that practicing yoga as little as one day a week, reduces stress levels, balances hormones, and can lead to significant weight loss.

Soooo, if you're the type who hits the cardio full speed ahead to burn as many calories as possible, your body might drop more fat by swapping the treadmill for one day of yoga. Might as well give it a try. I mean, what if it actually works?

If you're not sure where to start, try my Yoga Love in Hawaii Beach Babe video.  Shot in Hawaii, I can feel my blood pressure drop just by watching! I may even need to go back to film another yoga for weight loss video :)
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