Can You Lose Weight From Yoga?

Hello!  Many times I hear people say that they don’t like to do yoga because they don’t think it will help them lose weight.  I’d like to dispel that notion because it can help you lose weight in certain ways.  A lot of people think because you’re not constantly moving at a fast pace that you can’t burn enough calories.

However, the length-tension relationship of your muscle fibers can play a key role in caloric burn.  For example, if you’re in a yoga session for 60 minutes or more, the constant lengthening and contracting of your muscle fibers can expend a significant amount of calories.  This expenditure of calories can be similar to a workout utilizing one of the other major components of fitness.

Also, if you’re doing some challenging balance moves your nervous system will be involved more.  When this happens more muscle tissue and fibers are activated resulting in calories being burned.


Another benefit of yoga is it improves your flexibility.  By having increased flexibility you’ll be able to do more challenging movements in other workouts.  As a result of this, you’ll be able to increase your caloric output when doing those workouts.  Having better flexibility also puts you at less risk of injury.

Can You Lose Weight From Yoga?


The best way to lose weight with yoga is to use it as a complement to a balanced workout program.  However, if for some reason you only want to do yoga, you’ll probably need to do at least four 60 minutes or more sessions a week to see any weight loss.  This should also be done in conjunction with a healthy diet.

Balanced Diet & Exercise Program

I can’t stress enough the importance of a balanced diet and exercise program, especially if your goal is to lose weight.  If that is your goal, you’ll need to have a negative caloric balance of 3500 calories over 7 days. A good rule of thumb is to reduce your calorie balance by 500 per day for 7 days.  This simply means that you need to expend 500 more calories than you consume for each day.

This is a good way to go about it because a weight loss of 1-2 pounds a week is safer and healthier than a sudden weight loss.  You’ll also be more inclined to keep the weight off by losing it gradually as opposed to quickly.

Stress Relief

Yoga is also great for relieving stress and releasing endorphins.  These are chemicals released by the brain that help you get in a good mood.  By feeling good about yourself after a yoga session, many times it’ll motivate you to want to do other workouts.  If nothing else, it may make you more excited about doing yoga again.

Can You Lose Weight From Yoga?

Types of Yoga

There are several different types of yoga to choose from.  Power yoga is where there’s usually more activity and movement than other types of yoga.  Another one is hot yoga, where the room temperature is normally turned up to around 95-105 degrees fahrenheit.  These sessions are also generally shorter in duration and water hydration is essential.

Traditional yoga usually has a beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.  These are just some examples and there are other types of yoga out there.  What’s important is that you pick a type that you like so there’s a better chance you’ll stick with it.


Yoga can be used as an awesome supplement to help you lose weight if that’s your goal.  If weight loss isn’t your goal, it’s still great to improve your flexibility and reduce risk of injury.  I do yoga at least once a week and sometimes twice a week.  I can definitely say I can feel the advantages from doing it.  How would you describe your flexibility? If it needs improving or you just want to maintain where you’re at, I think yoga is a great tool to use.

If you have any questions or comments please leave them as I look forward to hearing from you.  Thanks for taking time to read my post and have a wonderful day!



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