Prashamana Yoga

Yoga is a traditional practice that has existed for thousands of years. It has recently grown in popularity as a means of improving overall health and wellness. While many people practice yoga for its stress-reducing benefits, some are interested in its potential to aid in weight loss. This article will explore whether yoga can be useful for weight management, focusing on its stress-reducing abilities, muscle-building benefits, capacity for mindfulness, and ability to foster a positive community.

Yoga is Not a Magic Solution

First, it’s important to note that yoga is not a magic solution for weight loss. While it can indeed be helpful in weight management, it is not a replacement for healthy eating habits and physical activity. Rather, yoga should be viewed as a valuable tool to aid in these areas.

Reducing Stress

One way yoga can be helpful for weight management is by reducing stress levels. Stress increases cortisol levels, which can lead to overeating and weight gain. Yoga is a holistic practice that combines physical movement, breathwork, and meditation, all of which can help reduce stress levels and improve overall mental health. As a result, incorporating yoga into your routine may help you manage stress and avoid stress-related overeating.

Building Muscle Mass and Tone

Another way yoga can aid in weight management is by increasing muscle mass and tone. Yoga involves a lot of bodyweight exercises that can help build strength and improve muscle definition. This increase in muscle can lead to a boost in metabolism, which can help your body burn more calories even at rest. Additionally, yoga can improve flexibility and mobility, which can make it easier to engage in other forms of exercise and increase daily physical activity.

Improving Mindfulness

Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment and being mindful of thoughts, feelings, and sensations. Practicing yoga can increase mindfulness, which can help you make more conscious decisions about what you eat and how much you eat. By focusing on the present moment, you may be more likely to make healthy choices and eat until you are satisfied, rather than eating mindlessly.

Fostering a Positive Community

Finally, joining a yoga community can provide acceptance and support, creating a positive environment that can help with weight loss. Yoga classes often emphasize self-acceptance and self-care, which can be empowering and motivating. Additionally, being part of a community can provide a sense of accountability and encouragement, making it easier to stick to healthy habits.

Choosing the Right Yoga Style

To get the most out of yoga for weight loss, it’s important to find a style of yoga that you enjoy and that challenges you physically. Power yoga, vinyasa yoga, and hot yoga are all styles that involve a lot of movement and can help you burn calories. Additionally, practicing yoga regularly and consistently, ideally several times a week, is crucial to seeing weight loss benefits.

In Conclusion

While yoga is not a magic solution for weight loss, it can be a valuable tool for managing weight and improving overall health and wellness. By reducing stress, increasing muscle mass and tone, improving mindfulness, and providing a supportive community, yoga can help you achieve your weight loss goals and maintain a healthy weight over the long term. So why not roll out your yoga mat and give it a try?

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What Our Student Say About Their Yoga Teacher Training In Rihsikesh


Ankita Singh

I have done my 200 hours TTC followed by 300 hrs with Himanshu as my Anatomy teacher. While practicing n learning yoga showed me a new perception of what is real,what is necessary. He helped me find the very basic, very foundational way of learning it all. His teaching simplified the whole learning process to me. I know now which muscle group I am exactly working on and how to do adjustments to get the most of every asana practice. Its funny but take it from a girl who had a little to no knowledge of Biology+physiology. Had no interest in those subject in school. Himanshu will break down each and every aspect of your learning and I actually never felt I was a poor student around him. I won’t call him a guru because I have known him learning about every student of his and always helping them out in 1 or the other aspect. It has been an amazing experience and I am definitely looking forward to learning more from him. Ps. Don’t crack jokes with him, he never stops laughing (out loud😆)!!!! Impossible to not laugh with him :)! PPS. look at him go with his Human props. 😂never a dull moment in class with him even after 2 straight hrs. of lectures.


Renata Mandzhieva

Doing my 200hrs of yoga teacher training at Prashmana School with Madalina and Himanshu was very special. I really enjoyed not only the professionally organized training, but also the warm, caring, fun and easygoing atmosphere they created throughout the course. I am so grateful to Madalina and Himanshu for this training and for doing it in Rishikesh (which I came to love so so much!) While I know Madalina from the beautiful classes she creates at her boutique yoga studio in Vienna and her amazing retreats, I met Himanshu at the training. The way he teaches yoga was a whole different level for me and unlike anything I have done in the past (in trendy yoga studios and five-star hotels in Dubai or pristine beaches in Massachusetts.) I wish for those reading this to experience Himanshu’s classes first hand, but if I were do describe them I would say - traditional, real, otherworldly. Traditional as in very grounded in authentic yoga and it’s roots; real because the asana practice he teaches requires strength and is very effective (toning and stretching!) and otherworldly refers to that inexplicable talent, when someone is THAT good at what they do. Like many others in our course, I felt very lucky to be taught by Himanshu: I am grateful for his gentle care, attention and support, positive vibes and encouragement, as well as a very professional and disciplined attitude. I would also like to note our excellent guest teachers, especially Rohit for meditation classes and the guest expert for the Ayurveda workshop. And, last but not least, the food was as excellent as the course!


Oxana Nelina

I would like to wholeheartedly recommend Prashmana Yoga School to all those who embarked on the path of yoga and mindful living. I was participating in 200 hours teacher trainings organized by Prashmana Yoga in Rishikesh in August 2022 and I can say that this experience became invaluable for me. First of all, I would like to note the professionalism of the teachers, their excellent education and individual approach to each student. As part of the learning process, the human factor always plays a very important role. The teachers of Prashmana Yoga do everything so that every class goes smoothly and for the benefit of each student. Also, one cannot fail to note the excellent organization of the schedule and the inclusion of wonderful excursions and activities that will be remembered for a lifetime. If you participate in school activities such as retreats and yoga teachers trainings, you can be sure of quality food, sincere responsiveness in case of questions and a high level of competence. Thank you Madalina and Himanshu for such a wonderful experience!!! Looking forward to attending more event organized by You!



Prashmana yoga School is better known for its well qualified Teachers Himanshu and Neha both of them are dignified and thorough professional yoga teachers. They work on your short comings improve you in every aspect of life be it yoga on mat and yoga outside. The food here taste awesome and very delicious I have done few retreats and small trainings before but in most of the schools we used to get sick either with funny stomach or vomiting but here none of us fell sick and Stay here was very comfortable and luxurious no complaints. Multiple excursions like visit to holy temples keertans Ganga Aarti rafting were highlights of a day-off. Our invited guest teachers for Ayurveda Kanan was fabulous and also the teacher Georgia for her Kundlini special session was equally wonderful. Words fail me to describe how grateful I am to become a part of Prashmana yoga family. I am grateful to Prashmana yoga teachers to make my life more meaningful after doing this course I feel that life is beautiful and every moment is the moment of celebration.


Julia Navarro

Stumbled upon this school out of the thousands YTT’s available in the area. This was more than just a school to me, they became family. I did my Kundalini YTT, with Himanshu and Georgia. Both have expansive knowledge and experience couldn’t have done it with anyone else. To top that, surprise trips were made to waterfalls, Ganga Aarti, swimming at the Ganges and visit to a sacred meditation cave. The accomodation and 3x daily homemade indian food was one of the highlights. Prashmana School went above and beyond expectations and I couldn’t be more grateful. Namaste

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