YOGA FOR obesity


Clinical studies have suggested that yoga, as part of a healthy lifestyle, can be a useful obesity treatment; aiding weight loss, reducing BMI, reducing cholesterol and lowering blood pressure. 

The more dynamic types of yoga like Ashtanga and Hot Yoga can burn a lot of calories, but yoga, mindfulness and meditation can go deeper; helping to change eating behaviours, alleviating depression, anxiety and stress, reducing psychological distress and improving quality of life. 

Accepting yourself as you are and creating balance in your diet, body and your mind have been shown to be essential to a healthy relationship with food. 

Yoga, whether fast or slow, can help to focus the mind on the present and on the internal journey, so we can identify unhelpful attitudes and behaviour patterns. If emotions cause you to overeat, meditation or mindfulness may help you build self-acceptance and create a calmer, more balanced mind.

What the clinical studies say


  • Decrease in serum leptin levels 
  • Improves postural stability 
  • Improves quality of life 
  • Reduced waist and hip circumference 
  • Reduces BMI 
  • Reduces cholesterol 
  • Reduction in obesity-related inflammation 
  • Stress reduction Weight loss

  • Alleviates depression 
  • Decreases C-reactive protein 
  • Reduces BMI

  • Alleviates depression 
  • Changes in eating behaviour 
  • Decreases C-reactive protein 
  • Reduces BMI 
  • Reduction in psychological distress 
  • Weight loss