Weight Loss - Yoga and Pranayam

Yoga associates with strength, flexibility, concentration and calm. Practicing yoga can make one feel better from head to toe. It has the potential to not just benefit our mental, but physical health at the same time. Yoga brings balance in life and promotes better self-care. So, when we talk about a healthy body the following yoga asanas when practiced regularly and correctly can make difference in our lives.

Virabhadrasana (Warrior Pose) - It helps tone the belly, back end, legs and arms.

Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)- This asana helps in reducing belly fat and is excellent for countering fat around the waist.

AdhoMukhaSvanasana (Downward Dog Pose)- This pose tones your lower abdominal region and  strengthens your core and shed fat from your abdomen.

Trikonasana (Triangle Pose)- The twisting motion of this asana helps to improve the digestion and reduces the fat deposit from the belly.

Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)- This asana burns unwanted stomach fat as it stretches abdominal muscles. It also helps in burning extra fat on thighs, hips, and lower abdominal area.

Pranayam, on the other hand, is a mode to strengthen the connection between one’s body, mind and soul. It promotes mindfulness, active metabolism and benefits the body physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. Pranayam adds fuel to muscles used in breathing, increasing our lung capacity and improving blood flow in the body. Along with the breathing aid, pranayam helps in shaping the body through the following ways.

KapalbhatiPranayam- Our inhale is active and exhale is passive which activates the abdominal muscles removing excess fat and toning the abdomen.

AnulomVilom Pranayam- It removes toxins from the blood, which prevents the supply of oxygenated blood to the fat store muscles.

Bharmari Pranayam- It helps in overcoming respiratory ailments, which further promotes deep breathing and ultimately assists metabolic activity.

Bhastrika Pranayam- It promotes the activeness of the muscles at the physical level, which helps in shedding off the stored fat.