Can you lose weight by doing yoga?

Have you ever wondered whether your yoga practice can help you lose weight and transform your body?

Well, according to some experts, it truly can.

There’s just one important key to understanding how it works—but if you do, science suggests this can be a powerful means of trimming down for good.

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We’ll start by saying that more intensive modalities of yoga, like power yoga and Bikram.

They might help your weight-loss goals from yoga just through the calorie burning that comes from aggressive movement, muscle engagement, and temporarily depleting the body of water (and afterward, you’ve got to remember to drink up!).

Instead, we’re talking about milder versions of yoga, like vinyasa or Hatha, that engage the whole body, but also aim to amplify the connection between body, mind, and spirit.

Research has suggested these arguably gentler yoga practices can be effective means of supporting weight loss…

Several studies have found associations between yoga and weight loss.


Recently, Harvard Medical School‘s blog cited a study that found people who practiced yoga for 30 minutes once a week over four years gained less weight in middle adulthood than some of their peers.

The blog adds that those who were overweight and practiced yoga actually saw their weight decrease.

And I agree that practicing yoga can make an impact on weight loss.

Ever since I began a regular yoga practice, I became way more aware of habits like eating too fast, and started to truly enjoy slowing down and savoring a meal.

A yoga practice helps you create a mind-body connection, because the breath allows you to slow down and connect with the movement.

This transfers to other areas of your life to more mindful eating, reduction in stress, and improved sleep—which all help support weight loss.

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