Yoga is a word that needs no introduction. For the uninitiated, Yoga is a set of physical postures, breathing techniques, and spiritual exercises that are meant to promote your overall well being. It started in ancient India supposedly 5000 years ago, and it is deeply rooted in Indian philosophy. Followers of this practice suggest that no matter who you are or where you are in life, you have something to gain from Yoga.
Yoga has also been touted as a means to lose weight, especially the forms of yoga that need you to be more active. Apart from the physical exercises that have obvious reasons to be beneficial for weight loss, the mental, spiritual, and breathing exercises can also indirectly have a positive impact on your weight loss.
A healthy mind can help you be more consistent in your efforts towards better fitness. Yoga can be the right tool to reach this ideal state of mind.
How Yoga Helps with Weight Loss
When you learn to hone your focus and concentration through the meditative practices of yoga, you can be mindful in your daily life. Mindfulness is not only essential for your overall well-being, but it can also do wonders for you specifically in your efforts for weight-loss. Being mindful can help you stop cravings, stop unhealthy eating behavior, and eat healthily. It can help you stick to workout plans. It can have the overall effect of making your weight-loss plan very efficient.
Yoga might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you are talking about burning calories, but there are various types of yoga. Ashtanga and Vinyasa are examples of types of yoga that can help burn calories. Generally, any active intense styles of yoga can help you shed off some weight by burning calories.
Examples of Yoga Exercises
Surya Namaskar is one of the basic sets of ‘asanas’ that is a part of the fundamentals of Yoga. Surya Namaskar is a set of 12 asanas that focus on different parts of the body. It can reportedly help you shed weight and get a more toned body.
This is a pose that is similar to a lunge-like position. You stretch one leg in front of the other, with the other leg dipping like in a lunge. The front leg is bent on a 90-degree angle. You raise your hands above your head with your palms closed. Holding this pose as long as you can help you tone your thigh muscles and your calf muscles.
The bridge pose:
In this pose, you lie down on your back with your hands stretched to the side, raise your hips while folding your knees. You now hold your ankles with your hands. Holding this pose can help you stretch and strengthen your back and leg muscles.
Ultimately Yoga can be effective to lose weight in three ways, indirectly by helping mental stability, directly by low cardio and burning calories, and by toning muscles. A lot of the asanas that help tone muscles work the same way planks work to build abs. So if you are trying to become more fit, yoga is a great addition to your lifestyle. And even if you are not trying to lose weight, yoga can still be a great addition to your lifestyle.