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Friday, August 28, 2009

Lose Weight through Yoga

Yoga for Weight Loss
In medical terminology, Obesity is defined as a state of metabolic disturbance resulting from the imbalance between the intake and expenditure of energy in the body.
Increasing obesity especially among the children and youths is the main cause of concern for medical fraternity in today’s rapidly moving world. More dangerous than the growing population rate, it is the curse of the changes in our life style.
Though we all are well aware of the risks and dangers of obesity, do we ever think what role yoga can play to overcome these dangers? Even though yoga was never been practiced for weight loss in the ancient times, but still the yoga gurus of today are advising lose weight through yoga.
We have complied here brief description of few asanas which have been proved useful for those who want to loose weight without using any medication and want to avoid sweating for longer hours in gym.
Benefit : works on the waist and side muscles of the body.
How to do the aasana?
  1. Raise your right arm and place it next to the ear.
  2. Exhale and bend your body to the left with your arm stretched out.
  3. Inhale and come up. Repeat the same on the other side.
Benefits :
  • Reduces thighs.
  • Shapes calf muscles.
  • Strengthens ankles.
How to do the aasana?
  1. Spread your feet apart
  2. Bend your knees and raise your heals and stand on the ball of your feet.
  3. Raise your arms over your head and pull yourself.
  4. Hold for 10-15 counts. Breath normally.
Caution: People with knee injuries should avoid this asana.

Benefit : Helps to strengthen the entire abdominal area.

How to do the aasana?
  1. Lie down flat on the back.
  2. Raise your upper body and lower body upwards together to take the form of a boat.
  3. Exhale as you take position and hold as long as you can.
Caution: Do not strain your neck when doing this asana

Purna Vyagrasana
Benefit : Tones hip and back thigh muscles.

How to do the aasana?
  1. Be on your knees and palms on the floor.
  2. Look straight ahead.
  3. Raise one leg straight up and parallel to the floor.
  4. Inhale and bend the knee of the raised leg and slowly raise the knee as high as possible.
  5. Contract the hamstring and hip muscles as tight as possible.
  6. Maintain the posture for 30 seconds to a minute .
  7. Repeat on the other side.
Bhunaman Kakasana
Benefits : Improves upper body strength and Tones biceps and triceps
How to do the aasana?
  1. Lie flat on the stomach.
  2. Keep your hands by the side of the chest.
  3. Raise your entire body by straightening your arms and doing a push up.
  4. Place your left knee on the floor and raise your right leg up and bend the knee towards the ceiling.
  5. Bend your elbows and go down towards the floor without touching it.
  6. Hold position for 30 seconds.
  7. Repeat on the other side.
Caution: People suffering from wrist and elbow injuries should avoid this asana.

Obesity in itself is not a risk to life in any form but it poses danger to our health in the form of different diseases like High blood pressure, Diabetes, coronary Heart disease, Gall Bladder Disease etc. contrary to the popular myth that these diseases attack in old age many young people of today’s generation are caught in the web of obesity linked disorders.

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  1. Nice posting. Do you know about these yoga books?

  2. Good post! really it seems that yoga is the best way to lose weight

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