The basic tenets of yoga promotes a healthy lifestyle and, when combined with a calorie reduced diet, can help to speed up weight loss and help with strength training.
Yoga can be put to good use for taking off excess pounds through the power of creating a state of mental and physical well being. It will increase your metabolism by increasing the caloric burning process.
Your thyroid regulates your metabolism and is responsible for the chemical processes that transform food into energy.
Yoga uses a series of twisting poses that will help to stimulate the work flow of the internal organs. The various back bends combined with the forward bends will help to stimulate the metabolism to increase and burn more calories resulting in an acceleration of weight loss.
Some consumers use strength training equipment to add a little tone or shape to certain areas of the body. If you use weights properly and alternate your strength training workout with some yoga or stretching exercises, there is little risk of you bulking up too much. Standing poses like the warrior can help to increase muscle strengthening and will help to create higher endurance and increase your caloric usage.
Remember that a gradual approach is best with all yoga practices. The long term effects on your weight loss regime will become evident and even more so in your strength training. It will help to improve your circulation and increase your energy level. There's always the added bonus of the inner peace and general well feeling that yoga will promote within you.