We all have been there, dropped the weight but could not maintain it. Worked out hard at the gym, built the muscles but lost it once you didn’t renew the membership. Most of the people experience these repeated cycles where major inconsistencies are drawn in health and overall lifestyle. As Zorba has spoken of it earlier, yoga is not a weight loss or exercise regimen; it is a wholesome and a happy way of life. Once you have attained happiness in yoga it is very difficult to let it go. Weight loss is just one of the many benefits of Yoga. It helps you lose calories, burns the excess fat, ensures strength, improves posture & flexibility and renews you with a boost of positivity.
Let’s go through some yoga asanas that will assist you in your weight loss journey:
The Boat Pose or Naukasana
Step One: Lie down on your back, and slowly move in a V-shaped position.
Step Two: Retain the V-shaped pose with your legs in 60 degrees and your back reclined and straight and your arms stretched out. Hold the pose for 30 seconds and then repeat.
The boat pose targets the stubborn belly fat and aids in better digestion.
The Shoulder Stand or Sarvangasana
Sarvangasana is an inverted yoga practice as your body is upside down. The pose helps reduce fatigue, improves digestion, enthuses the thyroid glands and abdominal area organs. It is a great asana to tone your lower body.
Step One: Lay on your back with your knees slightly bent and feet in the air.
Step Two: Use your hands to roll yourself back on your upper back extending your legs towards the ceiling, and while you are at it bring the hands to your lower back, just above your hips, to keep yourself upright and support your body.
Hold the pose for 30 seconds
The Bridge Pose or Setu Bandh Asana
Step One: Lie down on your back with your hands stretched sideways.
Step Two: Fold your knees and raise your body up from your pelvis area.
Step Three: Take support from your hands, holding the ankles and hold the position.
The Setu Bandh works wonderfully on your hips, thighs, stomach and back.
Virabhadrasana or Warrior Pose
This vinyasa asana is normally a routine done together where you start off with Warrior 1 & gracefully move into the warrior 2 pose.
Virabhadrasana 1: Lunge your one foot out in a ninety-degree angle with your back straight, arms stretched up in a Namaste and the other foot planted firmly behind at a distance. Hold the pose for thirty seconds.
Virabhadrasana 2: Now slowly move your arms out on both sides with your chest, hips and foot in the same direction. Maintain the legs angle at 90 degrees, as in Virabhadrasana 1. Hold the pose for 30 seconds
Repeat the asana on the other side.
The Side Plank or Vasisthasana
The side plank is just as awesome and beneficial as the regular plank. It targets the strengthening and toning of the abdomen, arms and legs. The side plank pose is also a great pose to improve body balance.
Step One: Start out in the regular plank position.
Step Two: Slowly tilt your feet to the left so that the outer right side of your right foot is touching the mat and the left foot is on top of the right foot. While you are tilting your feet, shift the body weight on your right hand as you remove your left hand from the ground.
Step Three: Stretch your left arm straight up towards the ceiling.
Make sure your shoulders and hips are aligned. Hold the pose for 30 seconds and repeat on the other side.
Find your inner peace
The beauty of yoga is not only in its ability to shape one’s physical appearance but also to mature their mental endurance. Yoga helps you stay sane and calm and combat stress. Channeling the yoga found inner-peace and energy helps one to stay away from stressful eating disorders. It also helps sustain focus towards a long-term weight loss and eventually a healthier life journey.