There are many types of yoga, making almost impossible to know and explore each and every one of them. Anusara, Ashtanga, Hatha, Kundalini, Naam, Vinyasa, Kundalini, Raja, Tantra, Sapta, Iyengar. Those are some of the names and variations that showed up with time, reaching more challenging levels (naked yoga or antigravity yoga) or even ridicule levels like yoga with beer, yoga with your pets or alien yoga, that went viral on the internet recently.
Using some mental and physical techniques from the hindu philosophy, this ancient discipline has spiritual perfection as its main message, uniting the control over the body and meditation.
This presents as a palatable alternative to improve your body health and mind and also helps to cure some muscular and joint pains, improve your flexibility and stamina. You can also include in the benefits weight loss.
Besides the pleasure that comes with the workout, the desire to achieve and compete and improving your quality of life, losing weight is one of the primordial desires from people that want a healthier lifestyle. For people that want to embrace a more active physical routine, losing some weight is one of the primary goals, something that is clear and can be measured.
And one of the allies can be yoga.
There’s one type of yoga that highlights over the rest when losing weight is an objective. We are talking about Bikram Yoga, created by the spiritual leader and millionaire Bikram Choudhury, founder of the first US school in 1972, in San Francisco.
Also known as hot yoga, this exercise was made popular because of the high profile names in the show biz world that started to practice and talk about it. Names like Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Anniston and Lady Gaga. Today this modality is popular in many gyms in Hollywood and the boom in participants reached all over the world: 40 countries in 5 continents have places and specialists in Bikram Yoga.
This yoga is practiced in a room with 42 degrees (Celsius) and 40% humidity. The high temperature helps to relax the muscles, avoiding injuries and generates a high calorie spending. The routine consists in 26 asanas (exercises) and two pranayama (breathing exercises).
In a normal 30-minute session, with easy yoga exercises, you can spend up to 178 calories, mostly because of the high temperature. In a 60-minute class, you can lose up to 460 calories (men) or 330 calories (women), something that even running doesn’t deliver.
Yoga burns more calories than running:
If you add up and do a 90-minute session, the values can reach between 500-1200 calories, more than you can get by running: Pete McCall, a physiologist from the American Council on Exercise, calculated the levels of a runner (with 70 kg) after a 1 hour exercise and the result was 660 calories spent, running a 10 minute mile (1,6km). Even with the different parameters in the comparison and results, both running and hot yoga are excellent methods to lose