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Yoga For Weight Loss

Does it Actually Help in Losing Weight?

Firstly, Does practising yoga really help in losing your weight? Many experts agree that yoga works in different ways to bring about a healthy weight. So performing more active yoga poses does help in losing weight.

2016 study suggested that people who develop mindfulness through a yoga practice may be better able to resist unhealthy foods and comfort eating. Thereby being more aware of the foods we eat.

While yoga shouldn’t be practised as a workout or an aerobic exercise.Active, intense styles of yoga help you burn the most calories. This may help prevent weight gain. Ashtanga, vinyasa, and power yoga are examples of more physical types of yoga.

Practicing yoga also help you develop muscle tone and improve your metabolism. Also yoga can be performed before your actual workout as a warm-up.

Yoga is an Art

How Often Should You Practice Yoga?

For beginners, You can start out by practising it for 2-3 times a week for atleast 30-45mins per session. Start slowly and gradually build up your practice. This allows you to build up your strength and flexibility and prevent un-necessary injuries.

Once you’ve goten used to the pace, You can start doing it for 4-5 times a week and an hour per session at least.

Best Yoga Asanas for Weight Loss

1.Surya Namaskar

Also know as the ‘Sun Salutation‘. This isn’t one spefic asana but practiced in yoga as exercise incorporating a sequence of some twelve gracefully linked asanas.

surya namaskar
The 12 step Variation

Surya Namaskar is a salutation performed to the Sun offering gratitude and love for the life-giving energy that it provides.

The sun represents energy, power, and vitality. As the Surya Nadi or Sun Channel runs along the right side, you begin the Surya Namaskar with your right leg first. The Surya Namaskar or the Sun Salutation is best practiced early in the morning before sunrise. 

2.Dhanurasana – Bow pose

This is a bit hard for beginners, but this is one of the best wasy to lose fat. 3-4 cycles of this in your yoga session would be enough.

Dhanurasana helps massage the abdominal organs, improves digestion, and strengthens the thighs, chest and back. It stretches your whole body, strengthens and tones your muscles with improved blood circulation.

Dhanurasana – Bow pose

3.Sarvangasana – Shoulder stand

This is not that hard for beginners although it might seem like that at the first.

The posture is commonly referred to as Shoulderstand because your body weight rests on the top outer edges (the bony parts) of your shoulders. Feel free to use a blanket or a soft padding near your neck to help avoid extra preasure on your neck.

Sarvangasana comes with multiple benefits, from increasing your strength, to improving digestion. But it is known for boosting metabolism, balancing thyroid levels, improves the respiratory system and improves sleep.


4.Kumbhakasana-plank Pose

 A plank pose engages multiple muscles at once, thereby benefiting the core strength of your body. Not just burning the fat around your abdomen area, they also work by giving you an improved posture, flexibility as well as a tighter abdomen

Practicing Plank Pose for several minutes builds endurance and stamina, while toning the nervous system. As part of the Sun Salutation sequence, it is often practiced many times during Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Power Yoga classes.


Bottom Line

Make a commitment to yourself and your practice if you want to use yoga to lose weight. Make small changes and set simple goals so that you’re more likely to stick to them.

And eventually as you practice for longer duration you become more self-aware, and naturally avoid junk foods as it becomes your new routine.

And Remember Consistancy is the Key.