40 Day Challenge

Does Yoga Help You Lose Weight?

One of my young teenage students at RRISD practices yoga because he wants to get taller. :) Since he is a teenager, he is almost certain to grow taller over the next few years, with or without yoga.

But did you know that for full-grown adults, yoga can actually make you taller, or at least make you look taller, and by extension, appear thinner?

When we consistently practice yoga āsana (yoga postures), we are strengthening our muscles and also improving flexibility. Through strengthening and improving flexibility, you remove tension from the muscles, which in turn allows you to stand taller.

People often ask if yoga can help you lose weight. The answer is a little bit complicated.

A vigorous yoga practice can qualify as a cardio workout, so if you follow experts' recommendations of 150 weekly minutes of moderate intensity cardio exercise, 3-4 classes per week will do the trick (not to mention the benefits to your heart health including lowering blood pressure and cholesterol).

And for the many people who practice gentler forms of yoga, yoga can support weight loss in other ways. Yoga helps to activate the sympathetic nervous system, which reduces stress hormones such as cortisol, which can indirectly lead to weight loss.

And also, yoga helps improve your mindfulness, which means that your awareness of how you're feeling is improved. This leads to better overall health choices, such as what you eat, how much water you drink, and how many hours of sleep you get per night. All these healthy habits, which are a result of your yoga practice, can lead to weight loss.

The key is *consistent* practice. For optimal health, you need to be doing a yoga practice most days per week. And that's what the 40 Day Challenge is all about. 

The 2017 40 Day Challenge kicks off on Sunday, April 2, and it's the perfect time to develop your consistent yoga practice. because we're here to provide motivation and support. Challenge yourself to attend 30 practices in 40 days (either in the studio or at home) to develop a healthy habit and discover just how great you can feel. You might even grow taller! ;)

Click here to read all about the 40 Day Challenge. The link to register is at the bottom of the page.

Please let us know if you have any questions!

All my best,

40 Day Challenge 2017!

Hello! I'm still in India. Doing fine, really well actually. I had my first test today (Anatomy & Physiology). I think I aced it. Will know soon enough.

I'm learning SO much and can't wait to bring it back home to The Yoga Room at the end of the month. You'll see and hear lots of new information and influences in my classes and in our 200 Hour Teacher Training Program that starts later this month on the 27th!

In my classes I'll be teaching about how to refine your breathing for greater mental focus and clarity and you'll also see interesting new sequences. In Teacher Training, I'll share new and deeper knowledge about yoga philosophy, especially the most important yogic text, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. And for anyone who is interested, I would be more than happy to teach you about the chanting - I'm learning a lot of that!

If you've been thinking about Teacher Training in 2017, there is still time to submit your application. You can find our Teacher Training page right here

Coming up next month is our annual 40 Day Challenge! The whole Teaching Staff is looking forward to helping you deepen your practice. You can find all the details about the 40 Day Challenge here.

I'm posting updates from India on our Facebook page and on our Instagram page. Please make sure to like/follow our pages if you'd like to keep up with my observations and philosophical musings about daily life in India and training at the KYM.

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