Yoga for weight loss is a very gentle way to stretch and tone the body and makes it suppler again. Yoga might not be the best option exercise-wise if you want to lose weight quickly and mainly through excercising, but yoga can help you on your way to a slimmer and more toned body. Yoga weight loss means losing weight that stays off, if you keep practising yoga after losing weight.
Bikram hatha yoga is the kind of yoga that most athletes and celebrities prefer as it helps to lose weight by burning lots of calories if you do the exercises at least ten times a month, on a regular basis. Bikram yoga weight loss occurs as this type of yoga is a mix of calmer yoga exercises with a complete cardiovascular, aerobic and fat-burning workout.
It might take you a while to get into the speed with which these exercises are performed as Bikram yoga does not leave much time for relaxing during its exercises. But then again, raising the heartbeat and burning fat for at least twenty minutes is absolutely necessary to lose weight quicker.
Bikram yoga will make you look and feel better and as you are losing weight this type of yoga will also help lower your stress levels. While training the body you are also training the mind with this type of exercise as Bikram yoga helps to build self control, patience and concentration.
Ashtanga yoga is a type of yoga that helps make doing yoga and losing weight at the same time easy. This system of yoga focuses on synchronizing the breath with a series of different, fairly complicated, postures.
The result of doing Ashtanga exercises regularly is a healthy body with a strong and clear mind. This is a very effective type of yoga for weight loss.
Weight loss Yoga tips
Try to lose your overall body weight, your arms and belly will also show significant difference. Spot difference is possible but only with total weight loss. Try the following asana for weight loss especially around your tummy –
Pawanmuktasan – lie down flat on your back on a comfortable yoga mat on a flat floor, breathe in. Fold legs from knees and hold fingers together to bring the folded legs towards stomach. Now lift your head and try to touch your nose to the knees. Hold breathe for 30 seconds and return to the normal position. This pose can be done with one leg at a time and then two legs together.
Bhujangasan or cobra pose – lie on a yoga mat on the floor on your stomach with forehead on the ground and hands under the shoulder. With the help of your back muscles raise your body and head up. Don not use support of hands, they can remain on ground or on the back of the hips.
Dhanurasan or bow pose – lie flat on your stomach, bend knees and hold your ankles with hands pull the legs and knees with hands till the trunk forms an arch and only stomach touches the ground. Look up and be in this pose for 30 seconds. Relax in shavasana for few minutes.
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