Weight Loss Exercise Is Easy & Effective Via Yoga
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Why yoga is excellent weight loss exercise
Yoga cuts stress. That means your body produces less of the stress hormone called cortisol. In turn, that lowers your appetite.
Yoga also makes you more mindful about what you eat. All this means that yoga can be the best weight loss exercise.
Studies have also found yoga is good as weight loss exercise. Well known medical practitioners have also written about how you can lose weight with yoga.
Further down this page, there’s a section by Dr McCall, on why yoga works, and scientific studies that show it does.
The good news is that it means you don’t have to jump about furiously looking for the best weight loss exercise. It’s more important to do a range of our easy postures that reduce stress, such as the easy restorative classes that are part of Flametree’s beginner and non-beginner programs.
People of all shapes and all sizes do yoga very effectively. Flametree does not have a view about body size. However, if you choose to use yoga postures for weight loss, then they can help a lot. Many of our students have found this too.
Weight loss success stories
On Flametree’s Facebook Page, you can see some weight loss success stories our yoga students have shared. If you view the stories, come back to this page for current yoga class details, as we have a new 4 week beginner course that has replaced the beginner courses that these student’s did.
Other major benefits you’ll get from yoga
Studies show some of the major benefits of yoga, are:
- Reducing tension and stress
- Getting stronger physically and mentally
- Feeling happier
- Getting more “me” time
- Feeling less lonely
- Unplugging from tech.
You don’t need to be flexible to start yoga! Our easy, introductory classes are suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
Dr McCall: More on how yoga works as weight loss exercise
Here’s Dr McCall* on why yoga produces long lasting weight loss, plus other benefits. He’s a medical doctor & yoga therapist in the USA. He says:
“Can yoga help you lose weight? The scientific evidence is that it can, but it’s not for the reasons that you think.
…what yoga does, is it relieves STRESS. It does it by lowering the levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and then by in turn lowering your appetite.
Furthermore, when you eat extra calories in a state with a lot of cortisol [from stress] in your bloodstream, your body is very efficiently going to turn those extra calories into fat.
Where’s it going to put that fat? In between the layers of your abdominal organs…[which is] the worst place from a health standpoint, because that’s tied to diabetes, heart attack, inflammation, metabolic syndrome, and many other things.”
Studies show yoga is very effective weight loss exercise
Dr McCall goes onto to say:
“… The data also shows that people who do yoga tend to weigh less. This has been shown in several studies.
In the Ornish studies of heart disease treatment, … they lost 24 pounds (11 k’s) in the first year of the program.
Over the second year of the program, …they kept about half of it off, or about 12 pounds (5.5 Ks) of weight loss they were able to maintain.
A more recent study, … found that among women over 45 … the more hours of week of yoga they practised, the lower their body mass index (BMI).
… Those women or men who are losing weight with yoga are also tending to SLEEP better, have a better MOOD, have less bodily pain and many other of the benefits of a yoga practice.”
Yoga improves mindfulness & peace of mind, plus reduces appetite
Dr McCall also talks about how mindfulness helps. This can include the type of mindful meditation that you’ll get in Flametree’s breath meditation or yoga classes, or both.
“…. When you start to be aware of your eating, for example, when you’re really paying attention as you eat, you may notice the subtle cues that suggest that you’re getting full.
Whereas if you’re distracted, if you’re watching television or playing with the computer as you’re eating your food, you may not notice those cues. If you make your food time … [more mindful by yoga] then you really do notice those cues.
… there’s evidence for this as well in scientific studies, that the more people practise yoga, the more they tend to improve their other habits.
Wholistic process to keep weight off
Last, Dr McCall points out how yoga is a long term weight loss process that is part of an overall wellness plan:
“Really, losing weight is part of a holistic plan where you look at everything. You look at your psychological well-being. You look at your dietary habits. You look at your exercise. You look at your stress levels. You look at all those things. You make your whole being function better in a holistic way and things like body weight tend to just sort themselves out. Your body will naturally slowly move you in the healthy direction.
…Take a slower approach, an easier approach, one that incorporates stress reduction instead of via extreme drugs or dietary supplements. Extreme diets actually stress yourself out more and interfere with long term weight.
It’s really just about taking the little steps in the right direction every day” *
Many online, in-studio, and on-demand yoga options
Flametree yoga has over 30 live online and in-studio classes a week, for both non-beginner and beginner yoga. The yoga is high quality, hatha yoga, including a lot of visual demonstrations and verbal help with getting into poses.
In the beginner yoga timetable below, the very easiest classes for getting started are Easy Restorative, Slow Yoga, Introduction to Breath Meditation, and Backcare (which is suitable for all).
Almost all classes are both online and in-studio.
The teachers are all experienced Australian teachers who are easy to follow, and offer interactive online teaching. Flametree also teaches in 5 levels, so you can always find a level, from beginner to advanced, that will work best for you.
The rest of this page is about our 3 beginner options for getting started.
If you want our non-beginner yoga deal, then please go here.
If you would like more information about additional benefits of yoga, check out the video at the bottom of this page.
Online yoga students come to Flametree from all over the world. On this page, we also sometimes mention our in-studio classes, as some students in the local region of Darwin, Australia, find it convenient to do a mix of online and in-studio classes.
Get a mix of standard and Special Focus Beginner classes
Many online beginner classes run each week. Some are just standard, easy beginner postures. Other classes have a Special Focus such as breath meditation, backcare, women’s health, restorative yoga, slow yoga, fifty plus, and more. Each week, you can choose an unlimited mix of these classes.
Every so often, these beginner classes include a tiered and sequential beginner course over 4 weeks. However, you’ll also find it easy to start in any week, no matter where the beginner course is at. Every class is adjusted by the teacher to be appropriate for whoever is in that particular class.
The teacher can see and hear you, and you can privately tell the teacher particular matters it may be good for the teacher to know.
Three yoga deals & payment options
See the numbers below for 3 easy options to get started with beginner yoga, including options with FREE trials and money back guarantees.
Once you choose a pass, then you book a class, using the class reservation process we also outline below.
4 Week Beginner Yoga Course
OPTION ONE to get started is the 4-week online beginner course. You can start at any beginner class on any day between Tuesday 3rd August and Monday 16th August. It’s a package deal of unlimited beginner classes for $75. The classes can be done in the studio, or online, or both. If you buy the course in the last 2 weeks before it starts, you can start immediately, and any classes before the course start date are free. Get the beginner course by clicking the box below.
Weekly Beginner Level Subscription
OPTION TWO to start beginner yoga is to get a weekly beginner level subscription or ten class pass. The in-studio, online, or playback streaming video options are also in the Table below. Each weekly subscription option includes 2 weeks of free classes. You can start as soon as you have bought a pass.
In-Studio (Offline), Online & Playback Packages By Weekly Subscription
- 10 online / offline in total
- 10 online / offline in total
Ultimate Beginner package with an unlimited mix of all in-studio, online or on-demand beginner classes, including a FREE 2 week trial: $19.95 a week.
Money back guarantee for first paid week of packages
There’s a money back guarantee you can use during the first paid week of the 4-week beginner course package, or the weekly subscription packages.
How to reserve all classes, and location of In-Studio classes
Once you have bought a pass, the beginner classes can be reserved as you go. You can reserve classes for up to one week in advance.
To reserve almost all beginner classes, whether in-studio or online, go here.
The timetable below shows that most In-Studio beginner classes are at 19 Bishop St., Woolner, in Darwin, Australia.
In the timetable below, the In-Studio classes marked with a blue bar are at 2 Smith St., Darwin City.
Using Zoom for online classes, and where to reserve them
All online yoga classes are via Zoom. You’ll need to download this app on your phone, iPad or PC, and open a free account.
As you can see from the timetable below, most online classes are in so-called Room 2, which is marked on the timetable as ON.2. Again, to see a list of these online Room 2 classes, and reserve them, go here.
If it is an online class, the login via the Zoom app will be sent you as soon as you reserve the class. The easiest option is just to click on the Zoom link you will be sent by email.
In the timetable below, there are a couple of online classes are in online Room 1, marked on the timetable as ON.1. To see a list of these online Room 1 classes, and reserve them, go here.
The timetable is in the local time of Darwin, Australia. Underneath it is a converter.
Unless marked otherwise, all classes are simultaneously in the studio and online.
Convert our class time to your local time
If you use an iPhone, the World Clock feature on your Apple clock can be set to show Flametree’s class times in Darwin, Australia.
Or you can use this app: https://www.thetimezoneconverter.com/
What people are saying about Flametree Yoga Studio
“…Thank you for all you have done to keep yoga accessible, it has been so beneficial, and also lots of fun “
“My first online class last night from my lounge in Brisbane, fantastic! Thanks Flametree”
“The Zoom sessions are going really well. I’m so grateful for having them”
“… can’t wait to start back at the studio and of cause those all so important after class catch ups over coffee”
“This is awesome! Thanks for sharing your practice around the globe.”
“Yoga is an important contributor to my bike riding habits and increasingly an important part of my other-life too.”
“Great [backcare] class tonight Chris and such a gift to be able to start yoga again online after a couple of years of not being able to juggle classes with family routine! “
“I’m so grateful. Belinda’s class this morning was brilliant – my first headstand at home! thank you Chris and team. “
“…Chris…. you are a truly inspirational women in my life.”
“Loving the classes. All of them. The quality of teaching is of course fabulous, but the range of options, the convenience and flexibility that allows is wonderful”
“I like the friendly teachers and the feeling that you are not trying to compete with everybody else in the class”
“The classes are brilliant and bring the joy (and discipline!) of yoga into your home. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to continue classes this way.”
[* Source of Dr McCAll quotes:This is a transcript of part of Dr McCall’s You Tube discussion that you can Google if you wish. (See “Yoga and Weight Loss — The Science and the Myths”). Dr. Timothy McCall, a medical doctor, and formerly Yoga Journal’s Medical Editor, is also the author of “Yoga As Medicine: The Yogic Prescription For Health And Healing“.]