Is yoga a workout? Will I lose weight?
The answer depends on the style of yoga you choose, as well as the frequency and intensity with which you practice. Yoga helps to bring the body back into balance. For example, it helps to regulate the thyroid gland, which helps to regulate your weight. And it will definitely change your body. You will burn calories as you create long lean muscles and cultivate flexibility and greater range of motion in your joints.
A flow or power class can be a great cardio workout, a strength or power or ashtanga class will get you sweating and working pretty hard but you do need to work up to these kinds of classes. Our Deepen Your Practice class on Tuesdays will definitely challenge you but you do need a solid understanding of the basics of yoga asana and alignment to get the most out of this class.
As you become more familiar and regular with your practice you will find that the lessons you learn on the mat will follow you into your life and help you make healthier choices.
Start where you are and don’t be in a hurry to get to the harder postures, any form of yoga will yield positive lasting results if practiced consistently and safely.