Indians are wondering if yoga is enough of a workout, too

The solution to any worry about yoga not trimming your waistline? A bunch of Suryanamakaras.

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You heard it here first, but now the Times of India has added more to the discussion about whether yoga is enough of a workout. So, it isn’t just Westerners who are worried about what the scale says.

The paper talks to two people, strength and fitness expert Arnav Sarkar and life coach Malti Bhojwani. Both agree that yoga is good because “[a]nything that involves your body, your mind and your breathing is essential to being healthy.”

But… but there’s a but to that: “In most cases, yoga is more weight training and toning as opposed to cardiovascular training, unless you workout with a yoga instructor who builds in a lot of Suryanamaskars into the program making it 30-40 minutes work of cardio as well.”

So, how do you that? Here’s Bhojwani:

Depending on what your needs are, you can choose a yoga routine that works for you or you could participate in both. When I wanted to lose weight, I walked for 60 minutes a day and I did weight training for 45 minutes a day, I did this 6 days a week without fail. So depending on your goal, there are different options you can take. Now that I don’t want to lose any more weight, I do yoga/pilates 4 times a week and cardio twice or 3 times only.

And here’s the paper’s “Final Verdict” from Sarkar: “At the end of the day, Yoga does have limitations due to which it should not become the only workout that you do, especially if you want overall fitness. While some of its teachers market it as a way to enhance fitness, gain strength, lose fat, in reality it does not give the best results when those are the goals.”

Or, of course, you could just do Ashtanga, right?

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