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August 30, 2011 8:41 PM
Does anyone know how many calories are burned after a 90 minute bikram yoga class? I only saw hatha yoga on the MFP exercise list and it gave me 266 calories. People tell me after bikram one sheds over 600 calories?

Does anyone have any idea on the calories burned?

Thanks!
  10317842
August 30, 2011 8:48 PM
it's somewhat difficult to gauge...

i do 'hot yoga', although usually not Bikram. i've worn a BodyMedia armband a few times to class (90 minutes) and both times burnt only about 260-290 per session. i would have guessed it would be a major burn...i mean, i was DRIPPING sweat and working very hard. but 1/2 hour of the class were sitting or lying postures. also the added heat element which makes us sweaty doesn't really account for an additional calorie burn. i weight about 133 lbs (just so you can compare).

hope this helps a little!
August 30, 2011 8:57 PM
I do Bikram yoga, and when I first started last year, I was burning about 600 cals (used my hr moniter). Just used HR monitor again about a month ago, and I was burning 520. I'm 5'4 and weigh 128. I had to add it as an exercise because it wasn't in the database.

The hot room does make your heart beat faster, not to mention all the asanas - especially the dreaded triangle! Wowee!
  9823504
August 30, 2011 8:58 PM
Thanks! Yeah I think I'm going to stick to the 266. When ppl from class told me 500 to 1k calories it was a little to good to be true!
  10317842
August 30, 2011 8:59 PM
QUOTE:

Does anyone know how many calories are burned after a 90 minute bikram yoga class? I only saw hatha yoga on the MFP exercise list and it gave me 266 calories. People tell me after bikram one sheds over 600 calories?

Does anyone have any idea on the calories burned?

Thanks!
Yoga doesn't burn many calories. Lots of the work is isometric and isometric work doesn't burn a lot of calories.
  9285851
August 30, 2011 9:01 PM
QUOTE:

I do Bikram yoga, and when I first started last year, I was burning about 600 cals (used my hr moniter). Just used HR monitor again about a month ago, and I was burning 520. I'm 5'4 and weigh 128. I had to add it as an exercise because it wasn't in the database.

The hot room does make your heart beat faster, not to mention all the asanas - especially the dreaded triangle! Wowee!
A faster heart rate doesn't necessarily mean you burned that many calories. If you squatted with weight on your back (85% if 1rm) for 30 seconds straight non stop your heart rate would be soaring. Actual calories burned would be about 7.
  9285851
August 30, 2011 9:03 PM
Oh Womona - okay. I guess the best thing is to use a HR monitor everyone is different. I'm 5'3 / 156 so I'll see how it goes :-)
  10317842
August 30, 2011 9:09 PM
I've been doing it for a few years and I know I burn more calories on some days than others. I just use 400 calories as an average and stick with that--I figure it evens out.
  4825375
August 30, 2011 9:34 PM
QUOTE:

I do Bikram yoga, and when I first started last year, I was burning about 600 cals (used my hr moniter). Just used HR monitor again about a month ago, and I was burning 520. I'm 5'4 and weigh 128. I had to add it as an exercise because it wasn't in the database.

The hot room does make your heart beat faster, not to mention all the asanas - especially the dreaded triangle! Wowee!


I hate to always be the bad guy, but I have to keep saying this: you cannot use a heart rate monitor to estimate calories in any type of "hot yoga" class. When heart rate is increased due to thermal stress, calorie expenditure does not increase.
August 30, 2011 10:03 PM
From what I've seen in researchign this very question - it looks like a lot of sites will overreport calories burned during Bikram. I love it, and plan to get back to doing it again. But 300 calories or sounds about right for a 90 minute session.

I think the best estimate of calories burned is pretty much regular yoga. I know when I go back to Bikram, I will likely be using the MFP estimate for hatha yoga. I don't think the heat - by itself - "burns" more calories.
  6037194
September 1, 2011 1:33 PM
I always pop in 600 calories as an estimate. It may be less than that, but it's been my primary workout for 3 months straight, 4 days a week (with 3 runs a week) and I've lost 38 lbs., am looking better and feeling great. Seems to work, so I'm sticking to it!
  8384399
August 18, 2013 3:37 AM
this is where i looked to get calories used:

http://www.bikramyogabenefits.net/how-many-calories-can-you-burn-with-bikram-yoga.html
August 18, 2013 3:44 AM
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August 27, 2013 10:37 PM
When I took physiology 101 for nursing, one of the lab experiments was measuring basal metabolic rate of a mouse exposed to stressors such as temperature change. Both excessive cold and heat increases metabolism and therefore translates to increased calorie burn. Just as having a fever causes increased calorie burn. It all has to do with trying to maintain core temperature 98.6.

http://intentblog.com/5-ways-temperature-can-boost-your-metabolism/
Edited by cjpendery On August 27, 2013 10:49 PM
September 25, 2013 1:07 AM
My heart monitor tells me that I burn between 500 and 900 calories in a typical 90-minute Bikram session. I weigh about 160 lbs, never sit out any postures, and am post-menopausal but look a lot younger , thanks to this yoga. The weird thing is that I burn the most calories when class feels easy, and hover at the lower end of the range on those off days when I'm dragging through class. Go figure!
September 25, 2013 7:37 AM
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My heart monitor tells me that I burn between 500 and 900 calories in a typical 90-minute Bikram session. I weigh about 160 lbs, never sit out any postures, and am post-menopausal but look a lot younger , thanks to this yoga. The weird thing is that I burn the most calories when class feels easy, and hover at the lower end of the range on those off days when I'm dragging through class. Go figure!
Guaranteed you're not burning that much. As mentioned before, HRM measure heart rate and when translated from ANAEROBIC exercise, it's totally inaccurate. At your weight, you may have burned about 350 calories in that time.

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  9285851
October 7, 2013 6:59 AM
ok...i just used this calculator found on several websites, and it shows 1000 calories burned in 90 minutes (i'm 147 lbs)...can this be accurate??

http://www.bikramyogaburnaby.ca/about-the-yoga/bikram-yoga-calorie-calculator/
October 7, 2013 7:46 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

I do Bikram yoga, and when I first started last year, I was burning about 600 cals (used my hr moniter). Just used HR monitor again about a month ago, and I was burning 520. I'm 5'4 and weigh 128. I had to add it as an exercise because it wasn't in the database.

The hot room does make your heart beat faster, not to mention all the asanas - especially the dreaded triangle! Wowee!


I hate to always be the bad guy, but I have to keep saying this: you cannot use a heart rate monitor to estimate calories in any type of "hot yoga" class. When heart rate is increased due to thermal stress, calorie expenditure does not increase.


You're not the only bad guy - I was about to say exactly this!

A fair guesstimate for any kind of Ashtanga/Flow/Power type yoga would be around the 250 - 300 per hour mark; regardless of heat.
October 7, 2013 7:48 AM
I don't consider hot yoga as a cardio exercise so I only count 1 calorie burned.
October 7, 2013 8:08 AM
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I don't consider hot yoga as a cardio exercise so I only count 1 calorie burned.


I have to agree. For me it's a chance to get in some really deep stretching with all the running and weight lifting I do.
  22090147
October 7, 2013 8:11 AM
QUOTE:

ok...i just used this calculator found on several websites, and it shows 1000 calories burned in 90 minutes (i'm 147 lbs)...can this be accurate??

http://www.bikramyogaburnaby.ca/about-the-yoga/bikram-yoga-calorie-calculator/
Really? An elite athlete working out in swimming burns that. Think about it.

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  9285851
October 8, 2013 1:28 PM
For people saying it is not a cardio exercise have you seen to a bikram yoga class? Just like anyone workout you can phone it in some days but when your focused and doing the postures and really pushing yourself...I think 600 is fairly accurate.
  33954813
October 8, 2013 6:35 PM
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For people saying it is not a cardio exercise have you seen to a bikram yoga class? Just like anyone workout you can phone it in some days but when your focused and doing the postures and really pushing yourself...I think 600 is fairly accurate.
It's ANAEROBIC due the fact that poses are isometric. For instance, stand in a door way, put your hands on opposite sides of the wall and push in with all your might for say 30 seconds. You'll huff, you'll puff and if you do it enough times you'll even sweat. Calories burned in that 30 seconds......................about 2.5. Now multiply that by and you're looking at about 450 calories.
There's no dispute that isometric exercise is anaerobic by any fitness counsil or Journals of study in physiology or sports training/conditioning. And math doesn't lie.

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  9285851
October 8, 2013 7:04 PM
That's tough. I used to be an avid Bikram fan (Power Yoga, Vinyasa flow as well) and the heat really muddles the result. I've seen a wide range of results with people who wear the monitors.

I definitely would not use a heart rate monitor when first starting the class. You are not used to the heat and it's taxing just to tolerate it. Maybe you'd get a more accurate result after a few months. After doing Bikram for a while, the heat did not bother me at all. I found it to be quite relaxing.
November 22, 2013 12:49 AM
Most likely the calorie burned in Hot Yoga are overestimated almost everywhere. Just to be safe, I would count Bikram Yoga a bit more than a 90 minute session of non-heated Hatha Yoga. Definitely I burn more calories than standing/weight lifting and definitely less than swimming/running... Just common sense, no math... I lost more weight than with the personal and/or group classes that I've been to for over two years.

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Edited by cclaudia1968 On November 22, 2013 1:07 AM
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