Yoga Exercises for Weight Loss
Practicing the ancient science of yoga has proved to have several benefits, including weight loss. It is the safest, simplest and best method for weight loss as it comes without any side-effects. It may not work miracles overnight but it is excellent in the long-term. All this form of physical exercise needs from you to work is discipline, dedication and determination. You can achieve the weight loss you desire by attending yoga classes for traditional yoga or for Hot Yoga. Here are eight time-tested yoga poses that help with reducing body weight and leading a healthy life. Setu Bandh (Bridge Pose): To do this exercise, you need to lie on your back and bend your knees so that your feet rest on the floor. Now, lift your body and release. Do this about six times. You will get a good massage in the thighs and lower back areas. Nauka Chalan (Boat Pose): Begin this exercise by lying on your back and extending your legs in a V-shaped or boat-shaped position. Hold this pose for about 10 seconds initially and gradually increase this. Dhanurasana: (Bow Pose): Do this exercise by lying on the floor on your stomach with your hands beside your chest. Take a deep breath and lift your legs and thighs. Now, hold your legs with your hands and remain in this position for 30 seconds. Release and repeat. Shalbasana (Locust Pose): Begin this exercise by lying on your stomach and let your hands rest below your thighs. Rest your forehead and chin on the floor. In this position, raise your left leg 10 inches off the floor. Your leg should be straight. Repeat with the right leg. Finally, do this with both legs. Veerabhadrasana (Warrior Pose): To do this exercise, do the Veerbhadrasana I, but do not raise your hands over your head. Instead, twist your torso so that you face sideways and raise your hands to each side so that your fingers are outstretched and parallel to the extended leg. Turn your head so that your eyes are in the same direction as your right hand. Repeat this using the left leg. Ardha Chandraasana (Half-Moon Pose): Extend your hands above your head and clasp both palms. Now, take the stretch further by trying to outstretch your hands to the ceiling. Exhale and bend slowly sideways from the hip level with your hands together. Do not bend forward and remember to keep your elbows straight. Inhale and return to the standing position. Repeat this pose on the second side. Uttanasana (Forward Bending Pose): To begin this exercise, stand straight. Outstretch your hands and raise them above your head slowly. Next, bend forward until your buttocks are pushed back and your palms touch the floor with your forehead reaching your knees. Once you are in this forward bending pose, return slowly to your standing position. Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation Pose): Surya Namaskar is a compilation of 12 yoga asanas done one after the other. This exercise has proven weight reduction capabilities since it uses forward and backward bending asanas that exercise and stretch the entire body. This exercise is most beneficial for anyone wanting to lose weight.