Why Yoga for weight loss?
Obese and overweight people are more prone to fatal diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, heart problems, osteoarthritis, etc. Obesity makes a person lazy and sluggish. Body becomes weak and life span is decreased.
The prime solution to all these problems is reducing weight.
Losing weight reduces the risk. However, losing weight is more easily said than done. This is surely a universal truth. Losing weight for a fit person is a piece of cake but for an obese, it is like climbing mount Everest without much support. Brisk walk, gymming, cycling, and calorie burning high intensity exercises sound so good for losing weight. But, incompetence to perform them even after repeated efforts leave all the enthusiasm futile leading to frustration and discouragement. This is where ancient holistic fitness therapies of yoga and pranayama come for aid.
Yoga is not just form of exercises, it is a science, science of well-being, youthfulness, integrating body, mind and soul – A WAY OF HOLISTIC LIFESTYLE. unlike other physical activities, it aims at cleansing and rejuvenating the human body from outside as well as within. If one adopts the practice as a part of everyday routine, one can actually feel the difference - mentally, physically as well spiritually. And as an added bonus, it can bring about weight loss too. As we target weight loss, it is important to understand the various factors that contribute in weight gain. Apart from wrong eating habits, weight gain is a result of inefficient functioning of various body functions. Yoga has some of the most basic breathing practices at its base which aims at cleansing, balancing and rejuvenating our inner organs and their functions. Various breathing exercises and basic asanas help in balancing metabolic and heart rates. Once you are healed from within, the results are visible in the outer body too.
Best Yoga Asanas for weight loss
- Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation
Surya Namaskar Steps
- Virbhadrasana II
If you find this posture difficult to perform, initially, you can take help of a support like chair to perform this asana as shown in the picture below:
- Urdhva Mukha Svanasana
Initially, perform this asana according to your physical stamina. Do not stress your body. Even if you are unable to perform it perfectly right, you will get the benefit of it. Gradually, with regular practice, your body will attain stamina and flexibility to perform it perfectly.
You can also do bhujangasana or the cobra pose if you find it difficult to perform.
Do not over stress yourself while doing this asana. Over a period of time, with regular practice, perfection can be attained.
Initially, if you find it difficult to perform this asana, you can take support of the wall to balance yourself.
You can also perform Ardha Navasana, which is comparatively easier to perform, if you find it difficult to perform.
- Utthita Parsvakonasana
- Chaturanga dandasana or the plank pose