Yoga helps with stress reduction AND weight loss.

Can’t blame you for following the path of sweat to cardio yoga class, but you can save yourself the grief.

A gentle form of yoga used for stress reduction has been linked to significant loss of stubborn subcutaneous fat in a new study.

When overweight women took restorative yoga classes twice a week for 12 weeks, then twice a month for six months before practising solo, they shifted more subcutaneous fat than a stretching group.

Researchers pinned the effect on slowed production of stress hormone cortisol, which promotes fat storage.