While yoga is about stretching and winding down, that doesn’t mean it can’t help for weight loss too. Yoga is a great practice for building muscle strength across your entire body. And building muscle is one way to kick your metabolism into high gear, burning more calories during workouts and even at rest.

Even better, depending on which class you take, yoga can get your heart rate up as high as other fat-burning workouts. You’ll also work on mindfulness, which can translate into decreased stress levels and better self control around eating.

It’s time to learn which weight loss yoga is best for beginners.
Vinyasa Yoga

In Vinyasa yoga you move from pose to pose connecting movement with breath. It’s an athletic endeavor, unlike other yoga practices. In many upper-level classes you’ll work to practice linking one movement with one breath, which is even quicker than it sounds. Don’t worry though--if you start in lower-level classes, you’ll build up to that. Each class you’ll learn from what you’ve been practicing before, making it an effective workout as you progress. It’s a great way to get your heart rate up, build strength and burn calories. You also work on increasing flexibility, which is a great thing to work on.

Hot Yoga

While you can practice Vinyasa yoga in the comfort of your home while watching a class online, you’ll have to go to a studio to get the benefits of Hot yoga. Most Hot yoga practices are derivatives of Bikram yoga--which links 26 postures twice in a room of 40 degrees Celsius. However, in Hot yoga instructors can vary the postures, the sequence of those postures and even the temperature and humidity of the room. While you might lose water weight after a class, it’s not the heat that is good for weight loss, it’s the fast-paced movements that help.

How to Start

There are a few tips you’ll want to make sure you’re taking into consideration before beginning your practice:

  1. Eat no later than 2 hours before class, so you don’t get nauseous while practicing.
  2. Drink plenty of water before and after class, but avoid drinking during class.
  3. Find a studio where you feel comfortable learning and making mistakes.
  4. Find an instructor who works with you before, during and after class.
  5. Learn child’s pose before you go, so you’ll always have a place to rest.
  6. Arrive early so you can get the right spot, sign your waiver and pay.
  7. Dress for comfort, so you’ll be able to move during class.
  8. Tell your instructor about any injuries you have before class.
  9. After class wipe down your mat with disinfectant provided by the studio.