Yoga for weight loss

Losing weight should carry a lot of dedication, commitment and disciplined lifestyle with it. Majority of people who need to lose weight try different diets, work out but, somewhere down the lane we tend to lose hope getting bored with the training and give it up. The vicious circle goes on and body gets tuned to these activities. Next time when we hit the same program the body takes longer to break the pattern. So, next time when weight loss attempt is made, body needs to put more effort to achieve predetermined goals. One need to sweat it, day in and day out, fight the boredom, shred the inertia to get the fruitful results. Someone is going to smile over a period of time looking into the mirror.

Yoga can help to lose weight. The best part about yoga is that it leaves you fresher and more energetic than before after the work outs. Yoga has its own sweet ways to cut the flab. It is a slow process but it cuts the fat as a knife cuts the butter. Let us have a look at the best asanas that can be helpful in fat loss.
Surya Namaskar: 12 yoga poses combined to form a sequence called Surya Namaskar. It works on the whole body especially on the big muscle group. A beginner can start with a few rounds of it and gradually increase the no. of rounds. It helps to shred weight and also known as king of the asanas.
Virabhadrasana: The Virabhadrasana strengthens the hamstrings, thigh, legs and ankles as the body weight is transferred on the thighs with the forward bend and stimulates abdominal organs that can helps to increase stamina. Stamina built up helps to keep going over a longer period of time.
Bhujangasana: This is the pose which works on the chest and the back region. The heart opening pose helps to take deep breaths resulting in more oxygenated blood being pumped to different body parts. The oxygenated blood helps to burn body fat and tones up the muscles of buttocks.
Dhanurasana: This is more of an advanced yoga pose that not only helps in burning the fat but also helps in toning of arms and legs. One can feel the stretch in the abdominal region during this pose. The stretch helps to loosen up the fat in the region. Continuous practicing of this asana further melts the loosen belly fat.
Side Bends: along with working on other body muscles it is important to work on muscles in the stomach region too. After a certain age the body stops to grow and the fat starts accumulating on abdomen. Side bends helps to melt those love handles. These bends might not help to burn a lot of calories but will be instrumental in inch loss. Don't be surprised if you need to wear belts as your pants will be loose the next time.
These poses can work wonders on the body but as mentioned before, weight loss is a combination of many other factors which cannot be avoided. A disciplined lifestyle and eating habits can take you long way towards a body you ever visualized in your dreams.
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DAV Institute of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation,
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