Does Yoga Burn Calories?

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2012/08/27 08:58:14 (permalink)

Does Yoga Burn Calories?

Has anyone caluclated how many calories a Yoga Workout uses?  It's got to be something.  A meditative workout would be zero, I assume, but maybe not.
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    SuzyQ
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    Re:Does Yoga Burn Calories? 2012/08/27 13:13:19 (permalink)
    I think it depends on various factors, i.e. the length and intensity of the workout, the difficulty of the poses and your personal fitness level.  Most of the yoga workouts I do are more "athletic" so I can burn 300 or so calories for an hour session, however if it is more of a "slow/meditative" type I might only burn around 100.
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    Re:Does Yoga Burn Calories? 2012/08/28 04:32:01 (permalink)
    SuzyQ what are some good athletic yoga workouts dvds?
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    Re:Does Yoga Burn Calories? 2012/08/29 07:52:36 (permalink)
    I'm not a purist on yoga, so most of my "yoga" workouts are more "yoga-inspired" or a hybrid between yoga and pilates.  The ones in this category that really get my heart pumping include Biggest Loser {Weight Loss Yoga}5608^, Exhale Core Fusion {Bootcamp}5949^, Crunch {Fat Burning Pilates}7150^, Jennifer Galardi's {Ballet Body}5745^, Tracy Mallett's {Booty Barre}5959^, 10 Minute Solution {Quick Sculpt Pilates}9365^, Ellen Barrett's {Yogini}7995^, YogaWorks {Body Slim}5777^, Bob Harper's {Yoga for the Warrior}5898^ and {Piloxing}5989^ (if you use weighted gloves).
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    Re:Does Yoga Burn Calories? 2012/08/29 09:37:37 (permalink)
    I have those Bob Harper workouts.  I agree they are great.
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    Re:Does Yoga Burn Calories? 2012/08/31 11:36:53 (permalink)
    Suzanne Deason put out a long yoga workout called "{Yoga
    for Weight Loss}7409^".    Rodney Yee's oldie,  "{Power Yoga}7264^",  is
    a workout.   I did "Tantric Toning" this morning,  not a huge
    calorie burner but I sure feel good!
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    Re:Does Yoga Burn Calories? 2012/08/31 15:18:42 (permalink)
    I found this online and thought I'd share.  Interesting!  (and explains perfectly why I love vinyasa flow, and not just for the calories burned)   


     
    "...Of course, active yoga styles such as Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow and Power Yoga burn more calories than passive styles such as Restorative or Hatha yoga, but let’s really see how each form stacks up.  

     
    Caloric expenditure in yoga is said be anywhere from approximately 100 to 450 calories per hour, depending on the person, and the practice. According to HealthStatus.com, one hour of the following varieties of yoga performed by a 150-pound person will reap the following rewards:   

     
    Hatha Yoga: 189 calories. Hatha yoga is an umbrella term for what Westerners consider yoga. In truth, Hatha yoga is the actual physical practice of yoga postures, plain and simple. This is the basic, run-of-the-mill yoga class you may find at your gym or local studio if not noted otherwise. While part of the class may contain constant movement, a lot of it is also holding balance poses. Hatha classes are perfect for those who want to dip their toes in the yoga pool and get a great, relaxing flexibility workout.  

     
    Ashtanga Yoga (or Power Yoga): 351 calories. Ashtanga yoga is often referred to as Power Yoga because of its dynamic system that combines breathing and movement into a series of postures. It is both cardiovascular and meditative, and relies on the strength of your own muscles to perform the movements. Unlike many styles of yoga where the classes are choreographed differently, in Ashtanga Yoga classes, the postures performed are always the same and are done in a specific order. Ashtanga yoga is meant to purify the body by cultivating an “internal heat,” which burns off toxins. It also builds strength, flexibility and reduces stress.   

     
    Bikram or Hot Yoga: 477 calories. Hot yoga, which is preformed in a room heated to around 105 degrees and usually lasts around 90 minutes, is probably the most misunderstood form of yoga. “When the body is working hard to cool itself, as in a hot yoga class, heart rate does increase, but that does not necessarily mean there is a higher physical demand on the working muscles,” explains Lawson. “We might expect to lose anywhere from 1 to 3 pounds of water weight in a hot yoga class, but that is likely to be replaced when we rehydrate.”   

     
    Bikram yoga involves a sequence of 26 postures and two breathing exercises performed in the same order, no matter where you take your class. Hot yoga can involve any type of postures but is still performed in a heated classroom. You will sweat profusely, thereby ridding the body of toxins and the intense heat enhances flexibility in your muscles.   

     
    Vinyasa Yoga (Flow Yoga): 594 calories. Vinyasa yoga, often referred to as Flow because of the smooth way the poses run together, tops the list of calorie burners because of the constant movement. If you choose a Flow class, expect lots of burning muscles, not just stretching. Many love Vinyasa because of its diversity. There is no single sequence that teachers follow, so every class will be different, but intense."
    post edited by AnnieBananie - 2012/08/31 15:22:50

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    Re:Does Yoga Burn Calories? 2012/08/31 15:23:51 (permalink)
    Sorry about the weird spacing.  When I edit a message when posting on my iPad it does weird things.

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    Re:Does Yoga Burn Calories? 2012/08/31 16:30:16 (permalink)
    great post, annie!  really interesting.  thanks for sharing!


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    Re:Does Yoga Burn Calories? 2012/08/31 20:13:13 (permalink)
    Thanks Annie!  This is the best explanation of the various types of yoga that I have seen.
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    Re:Does Yoga Burn Calories? 2012/08/31 20:45:48 (permalink)
    Oh good, I'm glad you both found it helpful too : )

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    Re:Does Yoga Burn Calories? 2012/09/01 07:41:31 (permalink)
    My hero, thanks a bunch!
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    Re:Does Yoga Burn Calories? 2012/11/07 07:09:06 (permalink)
    Vinyasa flow is TOUGH! I have a DVD for that and couldn't get through all of the sun salutes. Recently I started on a yoga instead of weights kick but had to start with shorter workouts. I found Crunch power yoga, Pure and Simple yoga and Aim True. All of these are under 40 minutes. I think yoga is deceptively easy. This time, I've decided to treat my yoga workouts like weight workouts, with a day in-between 3 day a week workouts. 

    I also believe that outside of the calorie burn (which IS important) that yoga reduces the stress hormones, namely cortisol, which then ultimately reduces belly fat outside of the calorie burn. The stress reduction (for me) also reduces stress eating. I think yoga's after burn is very biochemical.
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