How many calories do you burn during yoga?


Element: Hatha & Flow Yoga for Beginners

The amount of calories burned doing Yoga varies between what kinds of yoga is being practiced. Yoga is an amazing full-body workout. The intensity of the exercises or poses varies from gentle and relaxing Hatha FlowYoga to the very difficult Bikram Yoga.

Do you know that you can burn calories in Hatha Yoga? Is Yoga good enough to burn calories and if so by how many? These questions are very common and the statistics specified is also amazing. Yoga is a low impact exercise which combines stretching, breathing and spiritual practices. Yoga is all about harmonizing the body with the mind and breath through the means of various breathing techniques, yoga postures and meditation.


The amount of calories burned doing Yoga varies between what kinds of yoga is being practiced. Yoga is an amazing full-body workout. The intensity of the exercises or poses varies from gentle and relaxing Hatha FlowYoga to the very difficult Bikram Yoga. Different types of yoga require differing amount of balance, power, strength or focus and a consistent and focused breathing during the complete practice sessions. The most popular forms of Yoga and the average amount of calories burned during a normal session are detailed below.

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  • Hatha Flow Yoga, the most familiar form of Yoga emphasizes on breath control and flowing postures. Asanas, which forms a part of Hatha Yoga bring about bodily and mental stability and makes the body supple and active, by removing the impurities and extra fat. Another part of Hatha Yoga is aimed at making breath silent, thereby activating the certain dormant areas of our nervous system. The expected amount of calories burned during a regular session of Hatha Yoga is 175 – 189 calories.
  • Ashtanga Yoga is more intense form of Hatha Yoga, which involves synchronization of breath with a progressive series of postures. These postures focus on producing intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. It also builds strength, flexibility and reduces stress. A typical Ashtanga Yoga session also known as Power Yoga will burn 300-350 calories.
  • Bikram Yoga or Hot Yoga is ideally practiced in a room heated to 105°F with a humidity of 40%. A typical Bikram Yoga class run for 90 minutes and consist of the same series of 26 postures, including two breathing exercises. These exercises majorly focus on burning calories as well as provide increased muscle tone, core stability and decreased stress. It is also a vigorous cardio workout. The amount of calories burned during a regular session of Bikram Yoga ranges between 475 – 630 calories.
  • Vinyasa Yoga focuses mainly on breathing and movement system. For each movement, there is one breath. It is also referred to as Flow as each posture change is followed by breath controlling methods. Sweat is an important by product of Vinyasa, because it is only through sweat that disease leaves the body and purification occurs. Breathing and moving together while performing asanas makes the blood hot or boils the blood. Thick blood is dirty and causes disease in the body. The purpose of Vinyasa is internal cleansing through sweating. Vinyasa classes typically burn 445 – 594 calories per hour. These Yoga Dvds are available in amazon.

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