Yoga has become popular for a variety of amazing health benefits it offers in the form of ability to help one lose extra body weight, look slimmer, manage lifestyle diseases and much more. On June 21st, we observe International Yoga Day, an initiative started by the Prime Minister Of INDIA, Narender Modi, which has gained so much popularity in short span of time because of the support which is being given by the celebrities. This day dedicated to yoga awareness has proven to be a big success in reviving this great Indian form of exercise thereby highlighting the potential of relieving people from many lifestyle diseases or obesity.
We being the trendsetters in personalized health coaching through simple lifestyle modification in North INDIA having a legacy of 25 years, through this article bring you the hands-down benefits of practising Yoga. Several benefits of practising yoga regularly include better and proper functioning of internal organs, a better flexibility of body, cure from insomnia (lack of sleep), regulation of the menstrual cycles, a radiant glowing skin, stable mental health and a stress releasing effects.
Now, the question that might come to your mind in this era of high tech gyms, how does yoga help in reducing weight? Yoga is known as a slower form of exercise whereas the common belief in all the weight loss enthusiasts is that it is the rigorous cardiovascular that works better in weight loss. The edge of yoga in weight loss according to experts is because, in addition to being an ideal combination of both forms of exercises that is isometric as well as isotonic exercises, it also takes care of the mental aspect of the weight loss. Yoga helps lowers cortisol level or the stress hormone levels, which makes you indulge in overeating or poor eating habits after a rigorous cardio work out. When you start practising yoga, you tend to be calmer which in turns you more disciplined in your eating habits. Also, yoga stretches the muscles which improve the blood circulation throughout the body meaning the better supply of nutrients to the whole body and improved functioning of the organs and balanced hormonal levels.
Yoga asanas or poses do help reduce weight, but you must understand that yoga is a slow process of reducing weight, only practising yoga and not keeping an eye on what you eat will hinder the whole process and the goal weight may never be achieved or if achieved may result in regaining of the lost weight. A proper well-balanced diet with all the essential nutrition along with a calorie restricted diet along with yoga is a great success formula for a sustainable weight-loss.
10 Asana that helps reduce weight are:
- Ardha naukasana (Half Boat Pose)
- Naukasana (Boat Pose)
- Utkatasana (Chair Pose)
- Vajrasana (Kneeling Pose)
- Vakrrasana (Half Spinal Twist Pose)
- Padottanasana (Raised Leg Pose)
- Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend)
- Purvottanasana Upward plank pose
- Virabhadrasana (Warrior 1 pose)
- Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
These asanas are an ideal combination of both forms of exercises. i.e. isometric or isotonic exercises and also give toning of muscles of the core as well as the upper and the lower limbs.
So, stay healthy, stay informed and live life more!