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Is yoga a good way to lose weight?

You know yoga can make you feel crazy-flexible when you're tight, and super-zen on even the crappiest of days. (Yoga and the expression ahhhhh may as well be synonymous...) But can you lose weight doing yoga—or are you better off trying something else?

The good news: Yoga can totally help you shed pounds if that's your goal. Yoga burns calories (well, depending on the type of yoga—more on that in a sec), and it can help you get in the right mental space to make decisions that will help you lose weight.

But which type of yoga is best for weight loss?

If weight loss is the overall goal, then the type of yoga you’re doing is super important.

Bikram and hot yoga involve increasingly difficult positions (plus, loads of sun salutations) that cause your heart rate to soar. Add that to the stress of a heated room, and class-goers will burn more calories. In comparison, Hatha yoga—gentle poses and stretching exercises—requires much less physical exertion, making it great for all fitness levels. Hatha is also done in a non-heated room.

You also want to look for a class that incorporates "poses that focus on large muscle groups," Pacheco says, in order to up the calorie burn. Think: lunge-like poses such as warriors one and two.

Can you get in shape by doing yoga?

Yep! Yoga requires you to use your body weight to execute challenging poses, which can help strengthen and tone muscles.

Can yoga help you lose belly fat?

Similarly, there are a whole lot of factors that go into how to lose belly fat, including your nutrition, workout intensity, and even stress levels. While yoga can certainly help you lose fat, Harvard research shows that resistance training is ideal for targeting that particular area of your body.

How much weight can you lose by doing yoga?

This depends on a whole lot of factors, including sleep and lifestyle habits, and of course, what you’re putting into your body.

So, now you know what yoga can do for you and how doing it consistently will benefit you. But what about the right outfit for doing yoga in? Well, we can help with that just click here.

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