It is unfortunate but common myth in the society that weight loss is possible only through cardio and not with yoga
I have my students lost 20 KG in just 4 months with enough toning as well. Weight gain in most of the case is metabolic disorder and pushing body too hard on workout wont help. More than 50% energy consumption is consumed by resting metabolic rate only if systems are working properly.
Is it normal for my hands to hurt while holding poses like a table top pose and a downward dog? Is it also normal that I cannot do a "proper" downward dog?
yes it is initially normal but you should not end up overusing that joint that leads to inflammation.
It is also natural that everyone because of limitation can not do complete posture initially. With practice it comes.
I am doing all my practices via youtube videos. I know some on here say this is a bad thing, but the nearest yoga class to me is an hour away and I just don't have that kind of time.
It is not about good or bad but doing under guidance especially when you have contraindications (weight and autoimmune issue) , it is worth learning under expert for following reasons:
1) To avoid any injury
2) To get fastest results
3) You get instant clarification of any doubt specific to your issues
We provide skyoe sessions to people around the world who can not come to group classes or live far. In case if you are interest then you can reach us at www.SohamYogaStudio.org
what type of yoga would you suggest for me?
Focusing on individual postures first will help and develop flexibility and stamina. Once you becomes better you can think of yoga types.