New study shows restorative yoga burns fat

Restorative yoga shown to burn fat.
Skip the fast-paced vinyasa flow and do restorative yoga instead.

Here’s another reason to love restorative yoga: A new study published in the American Journal of Managed Care found that a regular restorative yoga practice can lead to a significant amount of reduced subcutaneous fat.

From Shape:

Researchers divided a group of overweight women into two, having one take regular restorative yoga classes and the other participate in stretching sessions. Both groups practiced twice a week for the first 12 weeks, then twice a month for six months, and finally were asked to continue practicing once per month on their own time for three months… [The restorative] group of women lost significantly more subcutaneous fat (the kind directly under your skin) than the stretching group did and kept it off longer. 

Belly fat can be caused by high levels of the hormone cortisol, which is produced when your body is under physical or emotional stress. Restorative yoga helps relieve stress, which in turn slows the production of cortisol. How great is that?

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