Why the Calories Burned in Yoga Don’t Tell the Whole Story
If one of your favorite classes isn’t a top burner, Lawson has a few tips to get more bang for your buck.
“We will burn more calories when we engage the larger muscles of the body, so deepening our warrior poses, yoga squats and chair poses will increase the demand on our large muscles, therefore burning more calories.”
However, if calorie-burning is your main goal, she does not recommend yoga as your sole means of exercise. “Other types of activities such as cycling, running or vigorous dancing burn a lot more calories per hour as compared with yoga.”
Yoga does have its unique weight-loss abilities though. Yoga teaches us to listen to our bodies, take care better care of ourselves and naturally avoid unhealthy behaviors. The more we practice, the more connected we become with our bodies.
“Calorie-counting is one way to be more conscious of our diet and exercise balance,” says Lawson, “However, obsessing about it definitely takes away from the joy we gain from the time we spend on the yoga mat.”
Do you take yoga for the calorie burn? Or for other less tangible reasons? Tell us! —Kelly Turner