Yoga is an ancient form of exercise and way of living that focuses on your mind, body and soul. It’s a holistic practice for all ages. The union of our individual consciousness and the universal consciousness is aimed through this. The science of well-being and holistic development, it is much more than an art and an ancient Indian practice. It is associated not just with the physical well-being of the body but with the overall health of a human being. Apart from giving a person, physical mental and spiritual upliftment it also helps in weight loss.
Getting it right
With the growing trend of people getting more cautious of their waistlines and increased instances of metabolic disorders, there has been a sudden upsurge in people prioritizing their health and resorting to tailor-made diet plans and fitness regimes. If you are of the opinion that yoga involves a set of exercises where one holds on to a certain postures for a few seconds, that’s not the whole case. In fact, it’s much more than that. It is not just a way to increase flexibility but and also an effective way for weight loss. In contrast to the high intensity workout sessions in the gym, it has a lot of composure. Here we take a look at some of the asanas in Yoga which are very fruitful for weight loss.
Understanding the root
Before we list you down the asanas for weight loss it is important to understand the various factors contributing to weight gain. In addition to bad eating habits, it comes from bad functioning of various body parts. Through Yoga one is fine from within first as they start to focus on their breathing, the most basic practice. This cleansers and rejuvenates our inner organs and their functions. After gaining some of it, we transcend to the outer body.
To segregate asanas that has a sole focus of weight loss is difficult. Approximately all of them make you more flexible, increase the metabolism and stamina. The twisting, backward and forward bending inversions, helps in infusing energy to the muscles facilitating weight loss
Major ones for the cause
- Surya Namaskar:
One of the basic, most well-known and widely practiced asanas, surya namaskar literally stands for sun salutation. It comprises a series of twelve different yoga poses that focus on various parts of body. What makes it great for the entire body is the fact that it involves twelve different poses encompassed in one. According to various experts surya namaskar is a great way to keep your body active as it helps in exercising all possible areas of your body. It helps in strengthening your skeletal system including ligaments and also aids in easing stress and anxiety.
- The warrior pose:
It involves going into the mountain pose, followed by stretching one of your legs back and with the other leg going into a lunge like position with your knee at a ninety degree positioning and your hands stretched right above your head. You can take this further to the second phase. Wherein you bring your hands in front of the chest and straighten your stretched leg, pointing it outwards while your other leg is still at ninety degrees and your both arms are stretched out wide apart.The warrior poses work on your legs, thighs, back and arms. It helps in improving blood circulation.
- Triangular pose: Start with a wide legged stance; turn your right foot out. Now stretch your arms out, wide open pushing the right side of your waistline over your right leg and slowly go down, facing downwards with a flat back. Keep your right palm on the ground (you can choose to keep it in front of your right foot or behind it) or on a block with your left arm stretched upwards. Repeat the other side.
- Upward plank:
Sit with your legs stretched in front of you. Put your hands behind your hips pointing towards your feet. Now, point your feet, prepare your body to rise up. Raise your body from the tailbone and try pulling your head back as well. It is the exact opposite of the position which you get in just before preparing for a conventional push up. This may seem a bit difficult to crack towards the start but the results that this asana yield will leave you much gratified. This works extensively on your back, shoulders, arms, spine and even wrists and fortifies muscles. It is also great for the respiratory system. It is great for the core strength of the body as it works on your legs, inner thigh muscles as wells as hips.
- The boat pose: You lie down on your back and as the name suggests go in to a V shaped position resembling a boat. Try holding the position for 10 seconds to begin with and increase the bar with every passing day. You will feel your stomach muscles going for a toss but trust me, this will kill that stubborn belly fat.
- The bridge pose: Lie down on your back with your hands stretched sideways now fold your knees, spread them out and raise your body up from your pelvis area. Take support from your hands and hold the position. This works wonders on your hips, thighs, stomach as well as back.
Though all the above mentioned asanas would do their job, they are pointless if one is not consistent with them. Sticking to a plan for certain time until it shows result is very much required.
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