Yes it can! Let me explain…..
Many yoga practices can burn fewer calories than traditional exercise (e.g. jogging, brisk walking); however, yoga can increase one’s mindfulness and the way one relates to their body. So, individuals will become more aware of what they are eating and make better food choices.
Excess stress can be a big factor that contributes to weight gain. Regular yoga practice can not only be an effective stress reliever, but also a way to ease symptoms of anxiety and depression and keep you relaxed in daily life, and therefore help with weight loss.
There are various types of yoga and some are more vigorous than others, so if you do want to join a class with the aim of burning calories then look out for Ashtanga yoga. But even if you choose a less demanding style, such as Hatha yoga, in which postures are performed at a slower pace, you may be surprised by how much of a workout you feel you have done. With regular practice you will become toned and flexible. Your energy levels will be raised, too, motivating you to take on other forms of exercise.
Yoga also helps to reduce back and joint pain, so many people find it enables them to get into, return to or try out more physically demanding sports and activities. A perfect workout for example could be combining yoga and running into your exercise routine. It shouldn’t be an either/or question.
If you would like to find out more about yoga, or book a class (Shrewsbury area) then contact Yogaspirit here