Best Yoga DVD for Weight Loss

yoga woman4Before we get to my top picks for the best yoga dvd for weight loss I would like to spend a few moments talking about the subject in general. As you know there have been numerous articles written about the effects of yoga on weight loss. Most of them start from a set bias or belief and then selectively site studies or additional articles or personal experience that support their view. While this approach may be beneficial for the popularity of their article it only serves to confuse the readers and serves no real purpose.

Answering the Wrong Question

The problem with all of these articles is that they are trying to answer the wrong question.

I know you’re now asking yourself what is he getting at, where is he going with this.

“I’m saying that asking if yoga is good for weight loss is like asking if food is good for weight loss.”

It doesn’t makes sense unless you specify the type and amount of food you are talking about. The same thing applies to yoga. To answer the question of whether yoga is good for weight loss you have to be more specific.

Okay, now let’s rephrase the question in a way that is answerable such as – Is there a style of yoga, provided it is done with enough frequency, that can be effective for weight loss? The answer to this question is an unequivocal YES!

Best Yoga Styles for Weight Loss

There are basically two types of yoga that done with enough frequency, say 2 to 3 times per week, that can be great for weight loss – they are Power or Ashtanga Yoga and Bikram or Hot Yoga. Each of these are based on a series of flowing postures or Vinyasas that are accompanied by rhythmic breathing. For the home practitioner power yoga is the logical choice as it doesn’t require a heated room and there are a wide variety of DVDs available to choose from.

So, what about power yoga makes it so effective for weight loss? This could easily be several pages but I’ll just outline the major points here. They are as follows:

It builds muscle – thus increasing the amount of calories you burn all the time.
It is aerobic – it burns calories while doing it.
It decreases stress – which means less cortisol – a hormone associate with fat storage.
It creates body awareness – you become more attuned to your body and in doing so are more likely to develop healthy habits off the mat as well.

I know this was a rather lengthy introduction, but I wanted you to feel absolutely confident that you can accomplish your weight loss goals using the right type of yoga before moving on to the reviews. So below are my top picks for what I feel are the best yoga DVDs for weight loss. I tried to include a wide variety of DVDs from instructors with very different approaches. Rest assured however that each of these are true power yoga DVDs that if done routinely with help you to reach your weight loss goals.

Top Picks

Shiva Rea: Power Flow Yoga

OK let me start this review by saying if you are a beginner and are not comfortable doing basic and intermediate poses with no instruction this DVD is not what you are looking for. If however, you are a more experienced yogi and are looking for a very challenging, fun, and uplifting workout that is […]

Yoga For Weight Loss for Beginners

This DVD is from veteran instructor Maggie Rhoades. She is a awesome instructor and does a great job of leading you through the routines without distracting you from your practice with excessive talking. The workouts here take place on a beautiful beach in Half-Moon Bay, Antigua. I have always been a big fan of DVDs […]

Jillian Michaels: Yoga Meltdown

So Jillian Michaels and yoga, is that even possible? I know I’m going to get a lot of backlash from the yoga purists out there that say this isn’t yoga and that she has little respect for the practice. On those two points I’ll agree. However, this DVD does deliver an incredible strength building and […]

The Biggest Loser: The Workout – Weight Loss Yoga

For me this was an easy choice as one of the top picks in the best yoga DVDs for weight loss category as it is simply the most accessible yoga based workout for those needing to lose a good deal of weight. This one comes from Bob Harper and is part of the Biggest Loser […]