Most people don’t start practicing yoga to lose weight. Let’s face it: most of us don’t think exercise helps burn fat unless sweat is pouring off our brow and we’re struggling to catch our breath. After all, the mantra of the fitness world seems to be no pain, no gain.
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This is only part of why yoga is so beneficial, but I want to address it first because many people tend to think yoga is just a leisurely session of stretching exercises. Let me tell you, this is not the whole picture. Yoga includes everything from twists to headstands, and while some of the poses are relatively easy, others will challenge your muscles in surprising ways. I was pretty sore after my first yoga session, and I hadn’t even felt as if I’d pushed myself very hard. So yoga is not for sissies or cop-outs who don’t want to do “real” exercise–it’s a serious activity that requires a good dose of discipline.