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Yoga for weight loss or weight gain

Yoga can be a helpful tool for both weight loss and weight gain, depending on your goals and how you approach your practice.

For weight loss:

  • Vinyasa or Power Yoga – These forms of yoga involve faster-paced movements and can help you burn calories and build strength.
  • High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Yoga – HIIT yoga combines traditional yoga postures with high-intensity exercises, creating a cardio workout that can help you lose weight.
  • Sun Salutations – A series of postures done in a flowing sequence, Sun Salutations can be a great way to get your heart rate up and burn calories.
  • Yoga for stress relief – Stress can contribute to weight gain, so practicing yoga for stress relief can help you to reduce stress and reduce cortisol levels, which can contribute to weight loss.

For weight gain:

  • Restorative or Yin Yoga – These forms of yoga involve slow, gentle movements and can help you to relax and reduce stress. They can also help you to gain weight by reducing the body’s stress response, which can suppress appetite.
  • Iyengar Yoga – This form of yoga emphasizes alignment and uses props to help you hold postures for longer periods of time. It can help you to build strength and muscle mass, which can contribute to weight gain.
  • Yoga Nidra – This guided meditation practice can help you to relax deeply and reduce stress, which can help to promote weight gain.

Remember that yoga should be practiced in conjunction with a healthy diet and lifestyle habits. Regardless of your goals, it’s important to approach your practice with compassion and patience, and to listen to your body’s needs.