How Does Yoga Make You Lose Weight?



The report of World Health Organization (WHO) 2014 says that 1.9 billion adults across the world are overweight. The numbers of overweight people have been doubled since 1980. Obesity is a contributing factor in heart diseases, stroke, diabetes, Osteoarthritis and Cancer. Apart from the medical strains, an overweight person has to face many other difficulties in their daily lives too.

Obesity is a condition of the body in which it accumulates excessive fat. A high intake of calories, lack of physical activity and exercise are some of the main reasons of obesity. Hereditary factors also play an important role in deciding the health of a person.

There are many attractive, products, courses and programs in the market that claim to reduce weight and people spend lots of money on them. If you want to lose weight in a healthy way, Yoga can help you in this.

Yoga helps to lose weight indirectly

Classical Hatha Yoga does not directly influence the weight loss, though it does build up stamina, strength and helps the improvement of the digestive system alongside balancing the metabolism which is helpful in managing weight.

Other than that, it can be achieved by increasing awareness and reducing stress. It is key in dealing with anxiety which is a well-known factor in over-eating. Apart Classical Hatha Yoga, there are various forms of Yoga that help in weight loss, since they are highly dynamic and sweat-inducing, like Ashtanga, Power Voga, Vinyasa Flow.

Yoga affects the Endocrine System

Whenever people take pills for losing weight, they should also be introduced to Yoga as an effective measure. Yoga actually has a remarkable impact on the whole endocrinal system through, for example, inversions since they improve the blood circulation on the brain and the health of the Pituitary Gland, a chief gland that commands the synthesis and distribution of hormones.

Another gland is the Thyroid. The Thyroid is an endocrine gland placed in the neck area of the body. It secretes Thyroid hormones which influence metabolism and growth of the body. There are many Yoga poses such as Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand), Matsyasana (Fish Pose), Bridge Pose etc., which help in improving and maintaining the health of Thyroid Gland, thus helping out our metabolism.

Dynamic Yoga Styles increases the heart rate

A high heart rate is an important factor in knowing when you are loosing weight. When your heart beats faster, you lose more calories. But a consistently high heartbeat can be exhausting and dangerous for health too.

During Dynamic Yoga Classes, your heart rate keeps fluctuating usually between a more dynamic moment and a restorative moment in the class, making the weight loss process safer.


Also, another thing that distinguishes Yoga from an exercise is the awareness going inwards. That factor is extremely helpful in learning to know when to keep the rhythm, when to ask for help or when to take a few minutes recovering in class. With good teachers, it is always allowed and fully respected. Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) and Ashtanga Yoga are considered to be good ways to speed up your heart and lose weight.

Yoga promotes self-awareness

A regular practice of Yoga increases your self-awareness and mindfulness. It turns your attention inwardly as we stated before. You become more accepting of yourself, of others, and also get more honest about your own limits and potential. You become more aware of your eating habits and their consequences as well as your daily activities. Being aware leads to a healthier and happier lifestyle, and that for itself allows us to lose extra pounds.

Yoga decreases stress level

Studies have proven that stress is a leading factor in Obesity. People tend to eat more when they are stressed. It also gives rise to sleep disorders, anxiety, and other mental problems. Yoga is well-known for calming the mind and improving the sleep quality. It helps you manage the stress of your daily life.

Yoga promotes detoxification

Yoga helps in the better functioning of the major organs. One good example is the liver. Liver is an important organ, it controls the metabolism of the body through several functions such as detoxification, releasing hormones, blood purification, glucose storage etc. A strong and healthy liver disposes of waste and keeps the healthy fat, thus maintaining the appropriate weight. Doing back-bends such as the Bow Pose and other twisting poses strengthens the liver.


Hatha Yoga is not a quick weight loss technique but a Dynamic Yoga might as well be one. In any case, Yoga does improve body functions and help you structure a healthier lifestyle sometimes gradually sometimes quite fast while helps you to let go of the built up stress in your system: that is major factor for whatever dis-ease you might have in life. A regular practice of Yoga strengthens body organs and keeps you feeling more energetic and light.