Yoga is becoming increasingly popular as a full-body workout. But with so many different styles around, which one burns the most calories? Read on to find out …
Vinyasa yoga involves practitioners coordinating their breath with a series of flowing movements in a continuous flow of postures. It involves a lot of physicality, so burns around 550 calories per hour of vinyasa yoga class.
Vinyasa Yoga, Ashtanga involves the coordination of breath with movement. Ashtanga classes see students move through a set series of postures in a flowing manner. In a one-hour class, you can burn between 450 and 550 calories.
Well-known for being practiced in a heated room, contrary to popular belief, the high heat does not burn more calories. Bikram style yoga involves moving through a set series of 26 poses in a 90-minute class. You can burn around 330 calories per class.
Hatha Yoga is probably the best-known type of yoga in the West. It is the basic physical practice of yoga and tends to be fairly gentle. It’ll give you a great stretch but probably won’t leave you sweaty. You will still burn between 175 and 300 calories per one-hour class.
Iyengar Yoga emphasizes alignment and placement. It does not involve a great deal of movement, and postures are held for a long time to improve flexibility. A one-hour Iyengar class will burn about 175 calories.