Have you been struggling for years to lose weight? Why not you try Yoga for losing excess fat from your body? Yoga aims at making you fit by increasing flexibility. It involves twisting the body, forward and backward bends, inversions and other poses that help in opening up the otherwise rusted muscles and thereby facilitate weight loss.
Not only yoga helps in losing extra fat but also yoga gives you physical benefits too. For example:
Surya Namaskar/ Sun Salutation
“Surya Namaskar” is a Sanskrit word which means obeisance (Namaskar) to the Sun (Surya). It is a set of 12 powerful yoga asanas (postures) that provide a good cardiovascular workout. These asanas have a phenomenal impact on the waist, throat, chest, heart, stomach, intestine, and legs. In simpler words, Sun Salutation or Surya Namaskar is a complete body workout in itself. This yoga technique is also the base of power yoga which aims at achieving more health benefits in less time.
To lose some weight with the help of Surya Namaskar, incorporate the following steps into your daily schedule and see quick results –
The first step is to learn how to do Surya Namaskar the right way. All the 12 asanas of Surya namaskar, need to be performed with precision to see visible weight loss results!
You need to perform it every day at the same time to lose weight faster. If you would like to stay motivated throughout the exercise routine, try some soothing and gentle music.
You should perform the steps at a slow and steady pace. It would take around 12-15 days to perfect all the 12 poses. This will also allow you to build strength and get slim faster.
Once you have built enough strength, increase the number of rounds you do! For effective weight loss, you could practice Surya namaskar for about 6 days a week and do a total of 12 rounds.
End your yoga session with 5 mins of stretching and relaxation poses like Shavasana (Corpse Pose).
The Warrior Pose or Veerabhadrasana
The Warrior Yoga pose is a great way to tone the upper and lower body. The pose strengthens the weak muscles, builds endurance, and provides energy essential for living a healthy life. The pose is done with feet spread wide about 3-4 inches apart and in the lunge position. Arms are outstretched to the sides with the head turned in the same direction of the bent knee.
While going into the asana ensure that the bodyweight is distributed evenly on both the legs. The back leg should be stretched straight without bending the knee and the front knee should be bent at right angle. The hips should be in one line and pelvic squarely in front," shares Anju Kalhan.
"Your palms should face downwards and not upwards. Your torso should stay in center and not move along with your knee," says Seema Sondhi.
Triangular pose or Trikonasana
This pose strengthens the muscles in the thighs, hips, and back while toning the knees and ankles. It also stimulates the organs of the torso, improving metabolism. It is known to be therapeutic for anxiety, flat feet, infertility, osteoporosis, and even sciatica.
Steps to practice Trikonasana / Triangle Pose
Upward Plank or Purvottanasana
Upward Plank pose strengthens the arms, wrists, and legs, and stretches the entire front body, as well as the shoulders and ankles. Practicing this pose can help tone the hamstrings and the triceps, and can be therapeutic for fatigue.
If you have a limited range of motion of the wrist, this posture may hurt and is not recommended.
Boat Pose or Navasana
As you dig into the Boat pose, your body mimics the shape of a boat with sails and oars. The pose challenges, strengthens abdominal muscles, enhances concentration, and builds stamina. Given below are the seven stages of performing a Boat Pose:
The Bridge Pose or Setu Bandhasana
This works wonders on your hips, thighs, stomach as well as back.
If done with dedication and discipline, yoga can help you lose weight and stay in shape. While it is true that in comparison to high-intensity workouts, yoga burns lesser calories but some of the yoga flows, when done at a moderate to high speed, can make you sweat like no other workout. Along with weight loss, yoga also helps to relieve stress, which is one of the main causes of weight gain. When practiced regularly, it leaves you feeling relaxed, fresh and focused. Yoga brings your mind, body, and breath in harmony, thereby eliminating stress from your life. So stay healthy & Stay fit.