What You Need to Know
Not only can there be a cardio element to a yoga practice, but the mindfulness that yogis cultivate can help curb mindless eating—in fact, yoga can do a lot for your brain. Yoga for weight loss also promotes the discipline you need to make healthful living a permanent lifestyle habit.
“Yoga is about lengthening muscles and integrating muscles to your bones,” says Olivia Young, the founder of Box + Flow, a workout studio that combines yoga and boxing. “Yoga uses body weight to engage every muscle using strength, core integration, alignment, and stability making it great to boost weight loss.”
To bring a cardio element to the yoga flow outlined by Young, think of this series of movements as a circuit where one move flows into the next (read: don’t take breaks!). Young recommends doing each move for about 30 seconds (so each set of six is about three minutes). Repeat the six-move flow five times.