Yes, yoga is one of the more gentle forms of exercise, but that doesn’t mean it can’t offer a considerable calorie burn and even a big metabolism boost.
Of course, there are many different ways to practice yoga, and each offers its own unique benefits, but by incorporating sequences that create a link between body movement and breath (like the 15-minute routine from Grokker below), you can use your practice to maximize calorie burn and enhance your metabolism.
“The Metabolism-Boosting Yoga series on Grokker was created specifically for people looking to burn more calories both during and after their practice, all throughout the day,” Sealy said. “The poses are sequenced specifically to increase metabolism through conscious breath and mindful movement.”
Sealy explained that linking your breath to your body’s movement significantly increases your oxygen intake, which in turn kicks your metabolism into high-gear and ultimately allows you to burn more calories.
“Metabolism is directly affected by your oxygen intake and increases with greater physical activity,” Sealy said. “When you are actively breathing and moving with a high oxygen intake your metabolic rate is higher than when you are resting.”
Plus, the poses in this sequence were chosen to increase abdominal strength and activate other key areas in the body that are known to “flip the switch from low- to high-gear in a matter of minutes,” as Sealy explained it.
“The immediate benefits people feel are more energy, a focused mindset and a tight, toned body that is capable of doing more throughout the day,” Sealy added.
So, if you’re ready to reap the benefits then all you need to do is set up your mat and follow along.
Love exercising at home? Find more yoga and other workout videos on Grokker.com.