Is yoga good for weight loss? Well, that depends.
If you are mostly sedentary, yoga is a great way to ease into exercise.
Physical and Mental Benefits of Yoga
On its own, practicing yoga has many physical and mental benefits. It improves overall flexibility and bodyweight strength. It can serve as a form of meditation and can help you develop mindfulness, which applies to all areas of your life. No two yoga classes are the same, and with each style and level is a chance to challenge your body in new ways.
I do think yoga is a wonderful complement to a strength and cardio regimen. But, I don't recommend ditching strength and cardio training entirely in favor of a yoga-only approach.
If fat loss is your ultimate goal, you should focus on building lean muscle while following a personalized nutrition plan aimed at helping you lose weight.
How Often Should You Do Yoga
If you're looking to burn extra calories, throw in a few short cardio sessions throughout the week. As an added bonus, take a yoga class 1-2 times a week on non-workout days.
I am always going to encourage people to be active so if yoga gets you off the couch and moving for an hour, I won't stop you!
You will sweat, you will burn a few calories, but you will need to incorporate other modes of training for optimal fat loss.