7. It can help you avoid winter weight gain
While yoga isn’t as strenuous as the treadmill or a spinning class, it’s a smart part of a weight maintenance routine. One study that surveyed 15,500 people found that those aged 45 to 55 who did regular yoga over a four year period gained on average three pounds less than non yogis. (Overweight people in the same group actually lost an average of five pounds over a decade while non-yoga practitioners put on 14.)
Poses and tips: Select a vigorous class to burn about 400 calories an hour. Best choice: Hot yoga (also called Bikram) where you’ll burn more than 500 calories in an hour-long class.