Yoga may not be the most intense activity. But you can get healthy doing yoga and even lose weight. All you need to do is practice with consistency and follow the advice I am about to give you.
It is not necessary to wait for too long to see results doing yoga. But if you want get healthy and keep the progress you made, it is not going to happen overnight. Yoga is an amazing way to get healthy. It is also the safest and healthiest way to lose weight. But it is necessary to have a long term commitment to your yoga practice and do it regularly.
All you need is patience and discipline! You will get to your ideal shape if you do the following. Remember, everybody is different. Your have your unique journey. So don't compare yourself and try to enjoy the process as much as possible.
Practice yoga at home!
You can save time and money doing some workout sessions at home. This is great as you will not lose time travelling to the gym or the studio. You can practice more often, if you make the time and avoid distractions. But please, don't get frustrated if you can't see results fast. Remember, you are in this for the long term.
Enjoy the yoga you do!
You have to practice yoga with joy to get healthy. Stay happy and positive. Inner peace and a quiet mind are key to success. Make sure you enjoy the poses you do. Then, progress will start to appear. It will become totally natural to you.
Don't focus on one type or form of yoga
Yoga is very ancient and as evolve over thousands of years. Some types of yoga give inner energy, others strength or flexibility. Many different yoga styles help you with restoration. But might not be energetic enough to obtain the results you seek! Be sure to try the various forms of yoga and see the difference it makes to your body.
Include phases of high intensity
Yes it is true. Sitting around is not enough to get healthy. You have to improve your muscle tone and your metabolism. Try out a Vinyasa flow, or Ashtanga if you are more advance. Practicing at high temperature in a hot yoga studio is an effective way to lose calories! An intense yoga practice burns enough calories and does not leave you tired, sore or hungry after exercising.
Don't stay alone to progress your yoga practice
Yoga provides a great sense of community. While it is great to practice at home, be sure to find groups to stay motivated. Exercising in groups will definitely help you progress faster. Join new classes, meet new people or invite friends over for a fun workout session!
Practice yoga regularly to get healthy
Depending on your level, you can practice every day or every other day. Hatha yoga and Iyengar yoga are great types of yoga for beginners. You will learn the basic exercises gently and safely. Make sure to listen to your body closely. Plus, go at your own rhythm. Do what feels right for you. Practice the many asanas or breathing exercises correctly to maximize the benefits.
Do not push yourself too hard!
Especially in the beginning, you want to be careful when trying something new. Do not push past your limits too fast. A little challenge is always good but do not overexercise trying to get results too quickly. Let your body adapt to the new workout and lifestyle changes.
Follow these tips and you will definitely see noticeable results. Practice regularly, you will feel stronger and healthy every day. Patience and hard work always pays off! And most importantly, do not give up! Take small steps in the right direction and avoid feeling overwhelmed.
About the Author: Alex Assoune
Alex Assoune (MS) is a global health and environmental advocate. He founded Panaprium to inspire others with conscious living, ethical, and sustainable fashion. Alex has worked in many countries to address social and environmental issues. He speaks four languages and holds two Master of Science degrees in Engineering from SIGMA and IFPEN schools.