Yoga is an ancient Indian practice associated not just with the physical well-being of the body but also with the overall health. Yoga, unlike other workouts, aims at cleansing and rejuvenating the body from outside as well as within. And in doing so, it does help take off those extra kilos.
With more and more people getting cautious of their expanding waistlines, there has been a sudden upsurge in people prioritizing their health. Initially, I thought yoga involves a set of exercises where holding certain postures for a few seconds was the main objective. Whenever the subject of weight loss cropped up, I was told that hitting the gym is the only way out. It never occurred to me that yoga could indeed help me lose some weight. However, once I understood the mechanisms of the different yoga asanas, this is the only exercise regime I follow and also recommend it to others.
To lose weight through yoga, you first need to understand the importance of yoga and its relationship with your body. Secondly, you must also understand the factors can lead to weight gain.
Dietary habits are a major risk factor for obesity. Yoga has some basic breathing practices which aim at cleansing, balancing and rejuvenating our organs. Begin your exercise journey with these yoga poses for weight loss. They will not only help burn the fat and build muscle tone, but they will make your body more flexible.
The bridge pose
Lie down on your back with your hands stretched sideways. Fold your knees, then 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 your back.
The boat pose
Lie down on your back and get into a V-shape position just like a boat. Hold yourself in this pose for 10 seconds and then increase the bar with every passing day. You will feel your stomach muscles going for a toss but, this will kill that stubborn belly fat.
Upward plank or Purvottanasana
This asana may seem a bit difficult at the start but the results it yields is amazing. Upward plank works extensively on your back, shoulders, arms, spine, 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.
This is one of the most widely practiced asanas. What makes Surya Namaskar great for the entire body is that it involves 12 poses. For example, the basic prayer pose, forward bend and the cobra pose.