I’m a big supporter of yoga, and my Instagram account attests to this. Several years ago I was convinced it’s just good for relaxation but not an appropriate form of exercise. I was very, very wrong. Yoga provides a variety of health benefits, and healthy weight maintenance happens to be one of them through the sheer power of a mental and physical chain reaction. While it’s true that calories in < calories out = drop some weight, it doesn’t necessarily mean this is long term, sustainable weight loss. The message of moderation in yoga allows for a much more realistic approach to treating the body well. When you’re treating yourself well, you’re happy, when you’re happy, you tend to stick to the thing that keeps making you happy, and on we go on the roll.
But that’s not the chain reaction I’m talking about here. The benefits of yoga take root on a much deeper level than that. The chemical reactions coupled with the mental after-glow produces a great combination that sticks as an exercise routine that produces real results. While general vinyasa yoga might burn between 3-6 calories a minute on average, compared to let’s say running 6 mph which might burn 8-12 calories per minute, it’s power does not completely lie in the calories it burns.