by Eirik Yven
Article by Lewis Pelletier Anderson
If you have ever been in a debate with someone who believes that yoga is not “exercise” but instead some kind of dance. People make those considerations I think based partly on numbers of calories burned. We yogis believe that there are more tangible dimensions to determining whether a workout is beneficial or not. We consider getting your heartrate up, improving your strength and balance are equally important. But in today’s rush for fitness sandwiched between work, home, and family. sometimes people consider total calorie burn as their sole predictor in exercise regiment. Instead of even bothering to entertain the non yoga enthusiast, let us focus on the yogis out there who want to make a yoga decision on total calorie burn considering we are all rewarded with increased strength, balance, and flexibility. Here are the top 4 calorie burn disciplines of yoga:
In 4th place is Hatha Yoga with 189 calories per workout. In 3rd place is Ashtanga Yoga with 351 calories per workout. 2nd place goes to Bikram Yoga with 477 calories per workout.1st place surprisingly goes to Vinyasa yoga with a 594 calorie burn per workout. This one is surprising because of Bikram’s sweat component. But if you do not already know this, sweat is not a guage of how intense a workout is. The direct relationship between heart rate and perceived effort do a better job of indicating the intensity of an exercise regiment.
Some may argue that this is truly an odd way to indicate anything. What westerners fail to understand is that all forms have different effects on different people. It is like telling everyone you are 20/20; the notion of perfect vision is more of a benchmark than it truly is set in stone. There are very few things about perception that can be generalized for real purpose other than giving people a relative guage about how many calories they are burning.
Some people do not appear to appreciate standards being placed in something as intimate as the yoga pursuit. This i somewhat understand because Yoga is in the journey rather than in the destination. But I do realize that in order for all types of people to make the most of their experience and maximize motivation, it helps some to acknowledge the potential calorie burn to fulfill fitness goals. There is nothing wrong with that.
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