Yoga is a highly beneficial form of exercise that can reduce hypertension, increase muscle mass and strength, lengthen your ligaments, and improve your balance. Practicing yoga can also reduce stress levels, boost metabolic function, and increase endurance and range of motion so you can perform a variety of other weight loss exercises.
Encourage Better Health
Practicing yoga encourages you to eat better, take more breaths, get more sleep, and take more time to meditate. Doing all of these things will make you want to eat less, exercise more, and drink more water. If you’re taking better care of your body, you will start noticing the pounds melt away from your body and your cholesterol and blood pressure will decrease, helping you feel better too.
Reduce Stress Hormones
When you get stressed during your day, your brain releases a stress hormone known as cortisol. This chemical increases glucose levels and suppresses the immune system. It can also make you crave alcohol or sugary foods, which can lead to weight gain. The breathing and stretching that takes place during yoga helps reduce cortisol levels in the body so that you aren’t producing more sugar and you’re not driven to binge eat.
Sweat Out Toxins
Bikram yoga is performed in a room that is heated to over 100 degrees so that you sweat out harmful toxins. Getting rid of these chemical contaminants can help boost immune function and metabolic systems, aiding in weight loss and energy production.
Build Lean Muscle
Practicing yoga can help you develop leaner, longer muscles that will enable you to perform other tasks. For example, stronger, trimmer muscles will allow you to run longer, practice more yoga, ride your bike more, and perform other physical activities that can lead to weight loss.
If you would like to experience a hot yoga class, visit Bikram Yoga of Long Island. Hot yoga combines a series of over 20 poses and breathing techniques that are suitable for people of all ages and levels of ability. To schedule a class, call us at (516) 351-7325 today.