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Is It Possible To Lose Weight With Yoga?

Updated on December 26, 2015

About Weight Loss

Weight loss products or programs are quite in demand these days due to a growing problem with obesity, not just in the United States but for the most part of the world. The need to address the problems with obesity or excessive weight is more than just for physical appeal. When one is obese, s/he is exposed to potentially fatal diseases.

The use of yoga introduces a holistic and natural means to get rid of excess fat without the risks of side effects. Learn more about how you can start practicing yoga today and get back in shape in a safe and natural manner.


Is Dieting Enough?

If you want an effective weight loss system, then one should not rely on dieting alone. Several health experts even believe that this is an unhealthy way to lose weight since most people resort to taking out some food types in their diet, thus resulting to nutrient deficiency. The concept of diet in yoga is all about moderation. Hence, you need to reduce your intake of certain food components to ensure that you are still getting the nutrients you need. Furthermore, you need to be aware of the attachments you have with the act of eating to ensure that you are intaking foods merely for the nutritional benefits to your body, instead of emotional binging.

Physiological Effects of Yoga

One of the key concepts to losing weight through performance of yoga workout is its ability to speed up your rate of metabolism. The execution of some yoga poses, especially the twisting poses, will help massage the thyroid in your endocrine system. This system is responsible for your body's chemical process, including your metabolism.

When you have a fast metabolism, your body is able to burn more calories in less time. If you want to produce more advanced results, you can also combine yoga with a calorie burning program to rapidly lose weight. Yoga offers an excellent opportunity to not just lose weight but achieve improved health in a holistic manner.

YOGA FOR WEIGHT LOSS, with Esther Ekhart.

Suggested Poses for Faster Metabolism

To maximize your practice of yoga, properly identifying the beneficial poses will enable you to succeed in your yoga weight loss program. Here are some notable exercises to include in your yoga routine:

*Twisting poses: As mentioned above, the twisting poses are excellent for those who wants to achieve weight loss since it helps massage your internal organs to speed up metabolic rate. In turn, your body will naturally speed up the fat burning process.
*Back or forward bends: These poses affect your neck area where the thyroid gland is located. Therefore, it can address weight problems caused by hormonal imbalances.
*Standing poses: This pose will add more stability to your muscles while increasing your caloric output in the process.

Benefits of Breathing Exercises

Pranayama or proper breathing is an important component during yoga performance. But did you know it can facilitate in your weight loss efforts as well? You need to perform three breathing exercises that are best known to produce weight loss.

You must develop a regular breathing exercise routine that involve the following steps:

  1. Set aside at least an hour each day to perform breathing exercises. With regular practice, this should be enough to reap your desired results.
  2. Start your routine by performing Kapalbhati Pranayam for 10 minutes. Then, perform Bastrika Pranayama for 12-15 times.
  3. Once you are through with those exercises, you can proceed to the last step in this breathing exercise – Alom Vilom Pranayama.
  4. By dedicating yourself to this breathing exercise routine, you should notice visible results within a month of practice. Experts believe that you could possibly lose as much as 12 kilograms with this method.

Natural Yoga Cleansing Methods

Cleansing or detoxification is an important part of yoga due to its ability to cleanse your internal organs to improve function and boost overall health. Yoga cleansing is also known to cause natural weight reduction; hence, you can incorporate cleansing techniques as part of your weight loss program for dual benefits.

Here are some yoga cleansing methods to try:

*Stomach and Lung Cleansing (Kunjal Kriya)
*Colon Cleansing (Basti)
*Tiger Exercise (Baghi)
*Digestive Cleansing (Laghu Shankha Prakshalan)

Yoga Exercises to Burn Fat and Lose Weight

Yoga For Muscle Toning

Sustained practice of yoga exercises in combination with proper breathing, diet, and use of proper cleansing methods is beneficial in increasing metabolism that facilitates in a natural weight loss program. To optimize the benefits, you need to properly choose the yoga positions to include in each yoga session for an effective weight loss plan. More than just weight loss, yoga is also ideal for muscle toning by focusing exercises on specific muscle groups in the body. You can enhance the shape of the body using the following suggested poses:

  • Abdomen – You can firm up your abdominal muscles by performing Abdominal Lift, Spinal Twist, Cobra Pose, Wind Releasing Pose, and Child Pose.
  • Arms and Legs – You can add toning and shape to your arms and legs by performing Tree Pose, Hero Pose, Upward Facing Dog Pose, Downward Facing Dog Pose, Lotus Pose, Bridge Pose, etc.
  • Chest – There are several yoga exercises that help to open up your chest, such as Baat Pose, Wind Releasing Pose, Lumbar Wheel Pose, and Triangle Pose.
  • Hips – In addition to shaping your hip and pelvic area, you can also strengthen it with various yoga poses Hero Pose I & II, Celebacy Pose, Advanced Wind Releasing Pose, Sun Salutation, and Butterfly Pose.

Weight Loss: Strong Abs


Best Yoga Styles for Weight Loss

There are different styles of yoga that any yoga practitioner could adapt. The choice mainly relies on your goals and purpose for doing it. But if you want to use yoga as your primary means of attaining weight loss, then you need to go for yoga styles that offer vigorous exercises to shed off excess fat and work out your muscles.

Here are a few ones you should try:

*Power Yoga – The philosophy of yoga in the West mainly views yoga as a fitness tool. Hence, it has led to the innovation of a specific yoga style wherein it involves rigorous and intensive exercises that target specific muscle groups in the body. This style is known as power yoga, which is also good for your cardiovascular system.

*Ashtanga Yoga – Ashtanga Yoga is another rigorous form of yoga that involves intense movements done in a sequence. Some of the benefits that can be derived from performing this yoga style make it distinctively suited for those that aim for weight loss. The best thing about Ashtanga Yoga is that the poses are fairly easy even for beginners to adapt.

*Hot Yoga – Also known as Vinyasa Yoga, hot yoga is a center of controversy due to the use of controlled environments during practice. To be specific, this series of exercises are done in a heated room that induces tremendous amount of sweating for a quick weight loss action.


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