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Lose weight with yoga
Yoga poses for weight loss

Yoga: Meaning & Significance

In today’s health freak era, everyone wants to lose weight but don’t want to put much of an effort. Everyone wants an easy way out and there is one. Yes, it is easy to lose weight with yoga. Yoga is borrowed from the Sanskrit word ‘Yuj’ and originated in ancient India. It refers to the unison of individual consciousness with universal consciousness. It is beneficial in curing some diseases and in keeping us fresh. It is a mental, physical and spiritual practice which has four principal meanings,

1. As a method for attaining goals.

2. As the goal of Yoga practice.

3. As the technique of controlling the mind and the body.

4. As a name of the systems of philosophy.

Benefits of Yoga:

There are various benefits of yoga such as:

1. Weight Loss – The first and foremost is weight loss. Studies reveal that yoga is one of the best stress busters, it lowers the levels of stress hormones and it also increases insulin sensitivity which helps our body to burn food as fuel rather than storing it as fat. You can easily lose weight with yoga by practising it daily.

2. Lowers Blood Sugar – Yoga helps to reduce blood sugar, LDL (bad cholesterol) and boost HDL (good cholesterol).

3. Helps to ConcentrateYoga teaches us to focus/concentrate on the present rather than the past or the future. People who practice meditation are less distracted by their thoughts and are better in solving problems.

4. Improves Flexibility and Posture – Regular yoga practice helps to tone and stretch the body muscles thus, making our body more flexible. It also helps to improve the body posture when we sit, stand or walk.

5. Stress Relief and Inner Peace – Practising yoga daily helps us to get rid of stress both, physical and mental. A little bit of meditation can help our disturbed mind to calm down and can help us to reach that inner peace.

How To Lose Weight With Yoga:

These are some of the yoga poses which help in losing weight:

1. Surya Namaskar – Surya namaskar is one of the most reputable and widely practised asanas. It is also called Sun Salutation and includes twelve different poses. These poses focus on different parts of the body and help to reduce weight, stress, and anxiety. One of the 12 poses includes Bhujangasana also known as Cobra pose which is good for weight loss.

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Bhujangasana

How To Do It –

  • Lie straight on your stomach.
  • Place your hands under your shoulders and gently lift your head and chest.
  • Try to remain in that position for 15 seconds, rest and repeat.

2. Trikonasana – Trikonasana is also known as Triangular pose. It helps to strengthen the muscles in the hips, back, and thighs. It also tones the ankles and knees. Trikonasana is known to improve overall stability and balance, both mentally and physically and helps to lose weight.

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Trikonasana

How To Do It –

  • Stand straight with your feet wide apart and turn your right foot away from your body (toes pointing outward).
  • Turn your left foot slightly inward so that the back of your toe is about 45-degree angle.
  • Raise your arms outward, parallel to the floor.
  • Inhale, bend your body to the right and then exhale.
  •  Repeat the same with your left side.

3. Dhanurasana – Dhanurasana is also known as the Bow pose. It strengthens and stretches the chest and abdomen, improves body posture, tone legs, reduces menstrual pain and helps to lose weight.

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Dhanurasana

How To Do It –

  • Lie on your stomach with your arms by the side and feet hip-width apart.
  • Now hold your ankles by folding your knees.
  • While breathing in, lift your chest and pull your legs back and up.
  • After 20 seconds release your ankles and repeat after 10 seconds.

4. Nauka Chalan – It is also known as the Boat pose. It strengthens the hips, thighs and shoulder muscles, helps to lose weight, improves the working of kidney, prostate and thyroid glands.

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Naukasana

How To Do It –

  • Sit on the floor with your legs straight, placing your hands behind your hips on the floor.
  • Lift your legs and slightly lean back.
  • Make a 45-degree angle with your thighs and stretch your arms as well.
  • Maintain the posture for 20 seconds, relax and then repeat.

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5. Pavanmuktasana – It is also known as the Wind releasing pose. Pavanmuktasana is the best to cure constipation, acidity indigestion, gastrointestinal problems, heart problems, waist pain. It also strengthens back muscles and cures back pain.

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Pavanmuktasana

How To Do It –

  • Lie on your back and keep your legs straight.
  • Inhale while lifting your legs and bend them at the knees.
  • Clasp your knees with both of your hands and press them against your stomach.
  • Try to touch your nose to your knees and hold the position for 20 seconds.
  • Go back to the initial position and repeat.

Yoga is an aerobic exercise which is great to get in shape. It is not difficult or tiring to lose weight with yoga as it leaves us fresh every time and it brings our body and mind to the same platform. So if you want to lose weight with yoga, try these yoga poses and feel rich in terms of physical and mental well-being. Share your experience with yoga and the positive changes you have seen after bringing yoga into your daily routine.

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