Yoga might seem like it's all about stretching and relaxing, but it can also be a calorie-burner if you choose the right practice. While not all styles of yoga lend themselves to weight loss, a vigorous practice such as vinyasa or power yoga can get your heart rate up enough to count as cardio — and, therefore, help you shed pounds. You could also incorporate strength-training into your yoga routine, which will increase your heart rate even higher while building muscle simultaneously.
But what if you don't want to join a yoga studio? One of the biggest perks to yoga is that it can be done nearly anywhere, particularly if you have a TV and a DVD player. Just pop in the DVD, roll out your yoga mat and start burning those calories.
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Yoga For Weight Loss for Beginners
Seattle Yoga News recommends "Yoga for Weight Loss for Beginners" for novice yogis looking to drop some weight. The DVD, which was shot on the beach in Antigua, contains 12 routines that range from 15 minutes to an hour long. The sessions incorporate weights and resistance bands to boost the intensity of the workout, which helps with weight loss.
Bob Harper: Yoga for the Warrior
Don't expect to be zenning out with "Bob Harper: Yoga for the Warrior," a fitness DVD from the celebrity trainer. This DVD was also recommended by Seattle Yoga News; it's 75 minutes long and aims to train all the muscles in your body with a vigorous yoga practice. You might need to keep a towel nearby to wipe your brow with this one.
The Skinny Rules Workout #5: Yoga
Also from celebrity trainer Bob Harper, "The Skinny Rules Workout #5: Yoga" DVD is recommended by Fitness magazine. It's part of Harper's "Skinny Rules" DVD series, so if you like this workout, you might invest in some other DVDs (which include Core, Cardio and Strength). The sessions mingle traditional yoga poses with classic strength-training exercises, aiming to ramp up your heart rate and build muscle.
Crunch–Super SlimDown: Pilates Yoga Blend
Why focus on just yoga when you could blend yoga and Pilates in a two-for-one workout? The 42-minute DVD, "Crunch–Super SlimDown: Pilates Yoga Blend," combines power yoga poses with Pilates exercises that condition your core muscles. In a standard yoga or Pilates class, you might hold each pose for several minutes; however, this DVD urges you to pulse in and out of poses to generate calorie-burning.
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