Yoga & Wellness

HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT WITH YOGA

Burn fat without breaking a sweat!

Regular yoga practice can influence weight loss, but not in the “traditional”sense of how we link physical activity to weight loss. Typically, weight loss occurs when a person’s calorie intake ( food and drink consumed) is less than the expenditure of calories (energy is expended all day and more is expended during exercise).

Many yoga practices burn fewer calories than traditional exercise like jogging, running or brisk walking. But yoga can increase one’s mindfulness and the way one relates to their body. So, individuals will be- come more aware of what they are eating and make better food choices. Yoga is about challenging your mind and your body and taking it to new lengths. If you challenge yourself, you will burn more calories, and you will lose more weight. We give you few poses to get you started:

Lunge (Anjaneyasana)
This is one of the best poses for stretching the hips. Keep in mind that your hands can be wherever you want them to be in this asana, and their location often determines what muscles you are stretching. If you raise the arms up and tilt them backward, you will bring this stretch into the back as well as the hips. You can also bring the arms down to your sides and be- hind you a bit to stretch the lower back. Make sure your front knee is as close to 90 degrees as possible.

Half Boat Pose (Ardha Navasana)
This is a great yoga asana for weight loss because it directly works the tummy! You will feel your ab muscles working hard as you try to hold this pose. Put your palms down on the ground for balance, and raise the legs first. When you feel stable enough, raise the arms so that they are parallel to the ground.

Hold for 30 seconds. If you feel comfortable in this pose, try straightening the legs for an extra challenge. This is full boat pose, and it is much more difficult to balance in.

Tree Pose (Vriksasana)
Don’t be fooled by tree pose! It is harder to balance in this pose than it looks! Bring your left foot in to rest on the inside of your left thigh. Keep your back straight. Your body may have a tendency to lean forward when trying to balance but bring your shoulders back up. Keep your hands pressed together at your heart to help with balance, then try lifting them above your head with your hands pointed towards the ceiling. Hold for 30 seconds, and repeat on the other side.

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