Tips, tools & suggestions to help you lose weight while doing Bikram Yoga.
You burn from 600 to 1200 calories during one class- depending on how hard you work..
WEIGHT LOSS Tips, tools & suggestions to help you lose weight while doing Bikram Yoga.
You burn from 600 to 1200 calories during one class depending on how hard you work..
The Seven Keys To Weight Loss With
Bikram Hot Yoga
All you need to do is B.R.E.A.T.H.E
Yoga helps you place attention on your beliefs and thought processes.
To permanently change shape and achieve weight loss by practicing yoga also means to shift some of your thought processes and beliefs.
"When I eat fatty food, it goes straight to my hips" may not be as empowering as "I easily burn up all the food I eat".
Some beliefs are simply self destructive -- around self esteem or low self worth.
Yoga will help you banish these -- sometimes consciously, sometimes they just go away with a regular practice.
You'll also find that you may be able to do without any therapy or counseling as your yoga practice starts to establish a "better and more balanced you".
You'll need to practice Bikram Yoga at least 3 x every week.
Less than this won't establish the new body patterns you need to stimulate all the other changes.
5 or 6 yoga sessions every week will get you there super-fast!
You'll experience a natural change in your "cravings"
You'll find yourself doing different things -- changing your behaviors -- around "health"
Your breathing will improve dramatically -- which in turn, apart from all the marvelous physiological side-effects, allows you to handle stress so much more effectively. And less stress = less tendency to be too thin or too fat.
What is most important is a balanced diet and one which concentrates on proper food combining.
Luckily, a regular yoga practice (3 or more vigorous classes a week) will kick-start your metabolism and lead to quite natural changes in the foods that you desire.
You will also become more conscious of what you eat and how it affects you as your own capacity to notice and calibrate your own body improves.
Change does not have to be chaotic, hard or dramatic.
With a regular practice, your body will discard "old" food behaviors and conserve those that support your emerging shape and identity.
Acceptance of self
Along with the physical elements, yoga (especially Bikram Yoga) is a wonderful emotional cleansing.
It teaches you to accept yourself -- emotionally.
You'll find it easier to live with yourself and the "conditions" you have right now. You'll stop needing to "live for the future". You become comfortable "in your own skin" -- no matter what shape you are - then you'll find your body won't resist changes and it becomes a real pleasure.
Trying to change your shape out of desperation is the hard way!
You may not end up being the shape that the magazines think we all should be (those shapes do not exist in real life where we all live)-- but you will learn to completely accept yourself and who you are.
Throw away the scales
This is one of our favorites!
Stop counting the lbs. Throw away the scales. Don't count calories.
Concentrate on dress size and waist size changes.
Notice how any previously "pudgy" areas become sleeker.
Watch your skin develop "the Bikram glow" as we call it.
Notice your eyes becoming brighter (and sometimes cleaner and whiter looking).
Some people see their skin change color -- from grayer (poor circulation) to pinker (good circulation).
Many of us have a liquid intake that does the reverse of keeping us well-hydrated. Drinks such as teas, coffees and sugary-soda drinks tend to leech the body of it's vital water.
This is even more important when practicing with a view to slimming down. You'll need to continuously replenish fluids lost from simply sweating -- but also those lost due to the massive physiological cleansing you will go through when breaking down fat and improving body functioning.
You will even lose pounds that are lost as sweat into your towel during a particularly intense Bikram session -- and you may even find you feel slimmer around the waist as a result. But make sure you put plenty of water back into your system!
Finally, nothing will work to change your shape in your practice if you don't make an effort to be accurate in the poses and to really engage muscles fully.
Develop a consciousness about your body.
Work hard the right way (listen to your instructor for the fine distinctions in any pose).
After all, if you are: (depending on the pose of course)
Locking the knee/engaging the thighs;
Squeezing your butt;
Sucking in your stomach (to engage your core muscles);
Then not only will this create a better pose and therefore work your physiology and internal organs as intended, it will also help to tone and slim these specific areas!
And your stamina and perseverance will skyrocket -- great assets to have in shaping up!