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Yoga for Overweight

Updated on January 9, 2010

Women would love to have sexy bodies such as the likes of Jennifer Lopez. This, however, requires a lot of effort on their part because women have higher tendencies to become obese.

As proven by research conducted by Chicago scientists, women are indeed more prone to obesity than men, thus posing a great challenge for all females out there.

According to the said research, possible causes for obesity among women are the lifestyle that they have acquired as well as the status that they have in society.

In support of this conclusion, the data gathered from a study conducted in a town in South Africa, have shown two possible factors for obesity.

One is that females who have been deprived of the proper bodily nutrition are prone to being obese. Another is that those who belong in higher social classes tend to have a sedentary lifestyle, hence the low levels of physical activity as well as slower metabolism.

These health studies, however, would like to send out the message that overweight women should not lose hope or fear helplessness for there are solutions to their current condition.

Such a solution is yoga for overweight women and following are ways on how one could incorporate it in her day to day life.

Yoga should be done with an experienced instructor, especially for those who are doing it for the first time.

The yoga instructor should facilitate your program by helping you identify your fitness goals and showing you the steps in order to achieve these.

One should start by learning the basics of yoga from the instructor. This entails knowing the correct breathing and posture, such as what is done in Hatha yoga classes that specifically aim to improve the body’s circulation through its stretching and breathing.

These methods improve one’s overall well-being as it allows them to be relieved of stress and fatigue.

Moreover, yoga for overweight enables the body to effectively burn fat through certain postures and stretching techniques.

Some examples would be certain poses on the abdomen that actually facilitate digestion or those that assist the pancreas with its hormone excretion function.

Other than improving one’s health and well-being, yoga also helps one attain a more attractive and beautiful physique. Poses learned in yoga for overweight classes improve one’s posture and straightens the muscles thereby helping to achieve a better and firmer figure.

By consistently attending yoga classes or doing it during your spare time, you should be able to achieve your fitness goals in less time.

Yoga is favored by many not just for its physical and health rewards but also for the wellness in the mind and spirit that one experiences with it.

One can truly say that yoga allows an overall well-being for it teaches a better, more positive and serene way of looking and living one’s life. This mindset helps one to live a life free of stress, and with a more outgoing and confident outlook.

With such a beneficial and rewarding regimen, what more could one ask for? Certainly, yoga has proven itself to be a great weight loss solution for overweight women. Just like Wulong Slimming Tea.


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      Kim Harris 6 years ago

      It is so good to hear that there are yoga videos for overweight people. Regarding weight loss though, the best way to lose weight is to cut calories. I worked out in the gym for a year and didn't lose weight until I cut my calories. I like the calorie counter and weight tracking tools at You can blog about your weight there too.

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      lindaadams37 6 years ago

      I love this article! Thank you for posting it!

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      milenaamr 7 years ago

      Nice hub. Very motivational for over weight people. Yoga brings health and help your self esteem and this is something that many over weight people luck. I find you article very useful. Thanks

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      gr82bme 7 years ago from USA

      Great hub. Thank you

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      Trsmd 7 years ago from India

      Good news tips for the overweight people

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      stephikd 7 years ago from Franklin, TN

      I TOTALLY agree. I am a yoga instructor and I believe wholeheartedly that the benefits are endless...especially if wanting to lose some pounds. Not only does it make you feel amazing inside and out you also get the benefit of getting a work-out which in turn helps you to lose weight. Who could ask for anything more!!! Check out my hub too...weight is such an issue with the mind, body, and spirit. Thanks for sharing. The title of my hub is Weight and Body Image.

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      yoga business 7 years ago

      Yoga is not only a great way to loose weight but it also helps one cultivate a better relationship to food and the way you eat. Thanks for this post.

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      yogalondon 7 years ago from London

      Yoga can be very accessible for people suffering from obesity as well as those new to exercise.

      A qualified yoga teacher can offer plenty of pose modifications (Asana) that will allow the practice to be both enjoyable and beneficial.

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      ratnaveera 7 years ago from Cumbum

      Yoga is very effective in reducing overweight. In my experience we should do yoga only on a thin sheet and avoid doing them on floor. Great informative Hub!

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      Sanjay Sapre 7 years ago from India

      Yoga work on the organs and nervous system primarily. so there is a different strategy for choosing your exercises than looking at the flabs.

      surprisingly the same yoga asana will work for both overweight and underweight person. if you are obese the asana will loosen your weight and if you are underweight it will put on the weight. in effect , yoga asana tries to get back your natural health and allows you to stay in the natural health.

      so initially the asana should be chosen by the criteria of flexibility and not the flabs. because it works on overall body. what i mean to say is sarvangasan is best for weight control but it is the most difficult for the extremely obese people initially. they can start with uttanpadasan for few days then shift to that.

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      mpurcell10 7 years ago from Arkansas

      Thank you for sharing. My daughter wants to try this and we think it would be good for the family. I was not sure if I could do it.

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      Mike Lickteig 8 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      I have combined yoga with a fitness program that includes weight and aerobic training and have lost 20 pounds. While I have tried to eat smaller portions, I haven't really tried to "diet". I am hardly an expert, but I am a believer in the benefits of yoga.

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      SeasonsFit 8 years ago from Denver, CO

      The only side effects of practicing yoga, as long as you do it with an experienced instructor, are positive.

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      lilly 8 years ago

      What is the normal time it would take to see any kind of results with yoga for weight loss. I am overweight and have tried lot of things. But nothing really worked. i am just thinking why not try yoga also, there are no side affects as such right ??

      is there a DVD for overweight yoga practice ??