Bees who do yoga..

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@Ninteenthchance:  I mix in yoga for stress relief and stretching. I found it did help with weight maintenance as it can be a decent strength exercise depending on what type.

I like Yin yoga which is much slower and usually seated. That is strictly for relaxation and deep stretching. I mix that in with running as I know I never stretch enough.

Post # 4
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Busy bee

I’ve never had weight on my list of problems, so I can’t provide first hand experience, but I think it would depend on the school of yoga you are participating in, particularly in how your instructor pushes you. It can definitely be a workout, but it’s more strength training than cardio, so it would be wise to work something else in to get that heartbeat up if your main goal is weight loss.

I’m into it for increased mobility and flexibility I can carry on as I age… And my butt looking better is a nice bonus too.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Ninteenthchance:  I do pilates/yoga fusion class and I don’t think I lost weight but my weight was definitely redistributed.  My stomach got flatter, my waist more narrow and my arms, back and chest got more defined.

I used to get lower back pain if I was on my feet walking around all day (like at a fair or something).  But after starting yoga that has gone away.  There are many benefits to having a strong core.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@Ninteenthchance:  I’ve not practiced yoga consistently enough to pinpoint yoga as the culprit for anything weight/shape related. I use it as a balance to running and biking…. But I know people who practice regularly tend to have flat tummies from all the core engagement. Of course, what happens with weight loss is 90% the food you eat and 10% the activity you’re doing—  so if you go from yoga to McDonalds you will not reap those benefits!

 

ETA: One thing I will say is that it does give you a lot of body awareness. when you’re folded over looking at your thighs or your belly overhang or your fading pedicure, it gives you lots of time to focus on what’s going on all over.

 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Ninteenthchance:  Some types of yoga are ‘better’ for weight loss than others, however yoga ( I feel) is extremely healthy and will only help you tone and tighten and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Its not a major calorie burner (like interval sprinting would be) but if you are looking to get healthy I would absolutely reccomend it

I could go on and on about the benefits but if your main goal is to burn a lot of calories while doing yoga, try hot yoga or vinyasa. However if you are new I would reccomend a hatha class/or if you have beginner classes to start with 🙂

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I do hot vinyasa flow yoga. Vinyasa is a continous movement yoga and paired with the high heat is a good calorie burner. I don’t rely on it for my main cardio (which is what burns fat) but it’s good for muscle building and muscle helps burn more fat! 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@Ninteenthchance:  I did yoga once a week for the past nine weeks (it was a paid session at my gym rather than drop in so I’m not doing it again probably). From my experience with that type of yoga (just kinda regular) it wouldn’t help with weight loss but if you do it enough it would probably help build muscles. However if you do flow yoga for an extended time period it should count as cardio and help you lose weight. I run and take fitness classes which has helped me lose weight but yoga is great for stress relief, breathing, etc.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Ninteenthchance:  oh haha didn’t know you were pregnant!

In that case maybe try pre-natal yoga? A lot of smaller studios have it. And also  don’t be afraid to ask for modifications on some of the poses if they are uncomfortable.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

It depends what yoga you do.  If you take power classes they will certainly help lose weight, as BeeinBoston said vinyasa will help build long lean muscle.  Yoga is also really great for your mental health too!  I love yoga and I hope you will too!!

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I don’t normally but I am going to do some pre-natal yoga classes in a few weeks.

Hopefully I’ll like it and will want to go after baby too.  I’m cheap so I hate paying lots of $$ just for classes (and no gym included) but I figured I’d try it out.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Ninteenthchance:  I would for sure tell the instructor that you are pregnant.  They should offer modifications if you need them depending on how far along you are.  I’ve never been pregnant so I am not exactly sure what the issues are but I have been in classes with pregnant women before. 

 

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