We all know that to lose weight you need to eat healthily and get regular exercise, however for some exercise can be difficult; perhaps due to injury.
Well, if you are serious about weight loss then perhaps restorative yoga could be an option.
What is Restorative Yoga?
Restorative yoga is a form of yoga that aims to relax both your body and mind.
The poses you will try will be similar to those found in normal yoga, but they will be performed while supported by props such as a pillow, blanket or chair to ensure you are able to maintain balance.
Common poses of Restorative Yoga
Common poses of Restorative Yoga include:
- Legs against wall – This should be performed with a bolster under your legs, hips or back
- Childs Pose – You should tuck your heels under your hips while cradling a pillow with your upper body
- Savasana – Rest your head on a pillow, put your legs on a bolster with your feet on a blanket
Benefits of Restorative Yoga
The aim of restorative yoga is to help heal your body and mind, in particular those that suffer from injury or illness, or an emotional issue will experience the greater reward.
Restorative yoga has been shown to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which can help to relax your muscles while performing the poses.
Is it Restorative Yoga proven?
Back in 2013 in a study published by the American Journal of Managed Care, Dr Araneta of the University of California discovered that restorative yoga led to more fat loss than through stretching.
Her team of researchers learnt that not only was restorative yoga better for fat loss, but also that the volunteers for the study were also able to maintain their losses better than those in the stretching group.
It was believed that the restorative yoga was able to calm the mind, which would help to reduce the production of cortisol produced by the body.
Cortisol is known as the stress hormone that often causes snacking. Therefore reducing its production could aid your weight loss results.