Monday, July 13, 2009

How Many Calories Does Yoga Burned?

So just how many calories do you burn in Yoga? Can Yoga really burn enough calories to supplement my cardio workout? If you've asked yourself the same questions, see below for types of Yoga and the average calories burned during an hour long session.

Yoga burns on average about 200 calories per hour, but it really depends on the type of yoga you practice. Also, learning how to intensify your practice and challenging yourself personally during class can really add to the total calories burned.


A gentle form a Yoga, the most common form that focuses on basic postures that flow in and out with emphasis on breathing techniques. Hatha Yoga is what most people in the West associate with the word "Yoga" and is practiced for mental and physical health.

Calories burned in Hatha Yoga: 175 per hour

Same as: a slow walk


The eight limbs connoted by the word 'Ashtanga' refer specifically to the eight spiritual practices outlined by the Yoga Sutra, the original Yoga text which is just as relevant today as when first composed. 'Ashtanga' can be composed of 6 set series, each increasing with more difficulty. It is usually combined or referred to as Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga (see below).

Calories burned in Ashtanga Yoga: 300 per hour

Same as: a brisk walk


An Americanized version of Ashtanga Vinyasa that intensifies poses by moving more rapidly between one pose to the other. Power Yoga can also refer to a shortened version of a Yoga class. i.e. a 45 minute class versus a 60 or 90 minute class but the benefits are seemingly the same because the pace of class is quickened.

Calories burned in Power Yoga: 300 per hour

Same as: a brisk walk


A dynamic form of yoga that connects postures and creates a flow between traditional yoga postures. The 'Vinyasa flow' is used especially during the Sun Salutation series.

Calories burned in Vinyasa Yoga: 445 per hour

Same as: moderate bike riding for one hour


Bikram Yoga is ideally practiced in a room heated to 105°F (40.5°C) with a humidity of 40%. Classes include 26 postures, guided by specific dialogue and breathing techniques.

Calories burned in Bikram or Hot Yoga: 630 per hour

Same as: jogging for one hour


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