Before we are able to answer the question as to whether Hatha Yoga can help people drop excess pounds of fat, we would be better off understanding what Hatha Yoga is all about. This form of yoga has its origins in India, from a Hindu sage by the name Yogi Swatmarama. He was the brain behind this yoga style. It forces the mind to withdraw itself from external objects.
There are different means by which this yoga is done: It could include standing on one leg for days at length, inhaling smoke with your head inverted, and so on. But westernized Hatha Yoga is not so intense and holds a great deal more value for overweight or obese people looking to lose weight.
Though losing weight is easier said than done, there have been many studies conducted by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Washington, showing that people who have practiced this form of Yoga have seen significant reduction in their weights, due to a number of reasons. Though because of the presence of so many factors in the individuals’ lives, the studies are inconclusive, but the center has a number of positive things to say about Hatha Yoga and its ability to help people lose weight.
It is true that Hatha Yoga was not created with the main objective of managing excess weight. Nevertheless, the results that practitioners have experienced are interesting, to say the least. Many of them have claimed that they have lost significant weight. This could perhaps be because of the fact that such types of yoga require discipline in diets and lifestyle. Stress is a big contributor weight gain, and through this form of yoga, a person is able to unite the mind, body, and emotions, which certainly helps relieve stress, to a large extent.
There is little conclusive evidence that this form of yoga helps manage weight. Nevertheless, there are quite a few things about it that play a big role in helping people to manage their weight effectively. The asanas, the food habits, and the disciplined lifestyle that is required for performing the various exercises in this yoga are all key factors that contribute to proper and effective weight management.