The Surprising Way Gentle Yoga Can Help You Lose Serious Weight

By Hillari Dowdle, Prevention

Jillian Pransky wasn’t always the calming, glowing presence she is today. Twenty years ago, the New Jersey-based yogi was as fired up by the corporate ladder as she was by the step classes and rigorous marathon training she subjected her body to. If it was hard, she was into it, and as a natural result, she was sometimes as stressed as the students who now flock to her slow-flow vinyasa and restorative classes. But working ferociously to maintain her weight stopped making sense once she discovered what scientists are just beginning to understand: Yoga—even the gentlest of styles—has an uncanny ability to make everything in life a little easier. Including weight loss. “I haven’t worried about my weight for over 10 years,” says the 46-year-old former marketing director turned international yoga teacher. “I see the same changes in my students.”

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