Yoga For Weight Loss What You Need Know To Succeed Part 2

Welcome back folks.

Okay,​ let’s cut right to​ the​ chase for how Yoga for weight loss works.
We’ve gone over the​ sun salutations and if​ you are anything like me,​ you probably tried them out and are sold on​ Yoga ‘the stretching’ exercise actually burning calories.

Now let’s target the​ trouble spots.

Poses for Trouble Spots when Using Yoga for Weight Loss:

1. Abdominal Region: the​ Forward Bending Pose,​ the​ Bow Pose,​ the​ Peacock Pose,​ the​ spinal twist and the​ Triangle Pose.

2. the​ Arms: Definitely the​ Peacock Pose! the​ Wheel Pose,​ the​ Crow Pose,​ the​ Side plank Pose and the​ 4-limb Staff Pose.

3. the​ Thighs: the​ Bow Pose,​ the​ Shoulder-Stand,​ the​ Hero Pose,​ the​ triangle and wheel poses.

4. Love Handles: the​ spinal twist,​ the​ triangle pose,​ (with practice) the​ Side Crow Poses,​ (for ease) the​ Side plank pose.

I realize the​ spots above are the​ ones most of​ us seem to​ target when trying to​ lose weight,​ so I have made sure to​ go over them first.

I’m under the​ impression that if​ you had searched in​ google or​ done some research on​ Yoga for weight loss,​ you must have gotten some degree of​ information on​ the​ poses above,​ or​ signed up for a​ class,​ bought a​ Yoga DVD,​ something to​ learn some more about it,​ which is​ why I did not go over each pose in​ detail. But trust me,​ they are indeed very easy. I will emphasize though,​ performing the​ Sun Salutations (upwards of​ 24 rounds) should be your main focus in​ using Yoga for a​ weight loss regimen,​ even before the​ other poses.

This too will help: One pose that some Yogis and Yoginis state to​ be a​ versatile enough pose for the​ whole body will be the​ Shoulder-Stand. it​ is​ best practiced with its counter poses,​ in​ fact,​ since these poses have effects on​ the​ meta-physical and spiritual aspects of​ our lives,​ it​ will be safe to​ say never execute a​ yoga pose without counter posing it. You may throw some things out of​ normalcy.

Here’s a​ brief overview on​ the​ Shoulder-stand as​ a​ yoga pose for weight loss:
Spread a​ thick blanket on​ the​ floor and place your yoga mat on​ it. Lie on​ the​ back. Slowly raise the​ legs. Lift the​ trunk,​ hips and legs to​ a​ vertical position. Rest the​ elbows firmly on​ the​ floor and support the​ back with both hands. (See the​ Illustration for Proper Execution). Raise the​ legs till they become vertical. Press the​ chin against the​ chest. This is​ the​ chin lock. While performing this pose,​ the​ back of​ the​ neck,​ the​ posterior part of​ the​ head and the​ shoulders should touch the​ floor. Breathe in​ counts of​ 5-5-5 (inhalation,​ retention and exhalation). Don’t allow the​ body to​ shake. Its counter poses are the​ bridge and fish poses which will target your forearms/thighs and chest/neck respectively.

As I promised; here is​ the​ Breath of​ Fire breathing exercise that you can add to​ your yoga practice to​ speed up the​ burning of​ calories. (Doesn’t the​ name alone tell you something…?)

Breath of​ Fire Exercise (aka Kapalabathi or​ Bellows Breath)

-Take a​ few breaths and see that the​ diaphragm is​ moving properly. Now with the​ eyes closed (as they should be when performing all breathing exercises) make a​ sudden contraction of​ the​ abdomen with a​ backward push. This leads to​ a​ sudden yet firm expulsion of​ stagnant air from the​ lungs.

-Now follow this with a​ sudden relaxation (which naturally makes the​ new air rush in) now perform the​ exercise in​ this manner: passive inhalation and active expulsions at​ a​ rate of​ sudden abdominal push per second one after the​ other. a​ round should have 15-20 expulsions. Do not exceed 3 rounds

-You may gradually increase to​ 120 expulsions per round and then perform only 2 rounds. (As soon as​ you are doing 50 expulsions per round,​ do not exceed 2 rounds!) Between each round take a​ pause for about 30 seconds of​ normal breathing.

Now,​ there you have it,​ the​ information needed to​ get you started on​ the​ use of​ Yoga for weight loss: the​ poses for the​ trouble spots,​ the​ bellows breath,​ the​ shoulder-stand and the​ almighty Sun Salutations.

Remember,​ for the​ same reasons Hippocrates-the father of​ Medicine stated: “Let your foods be your medicine and your medicine your foods”,​ you’ve got to​ include a​ proper diet when seeking to​ lose weight with yoga. Keep in​ mind this is​ an​ all too important limb of​ this exercise so,​ there’s no way around it​ friends. (But I’m sure you know that already)

So strike a​ pose,​ and see for yourself how Yoga for weight loss can be an​ effective and safe choice.


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