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How Yoga Helps to Reduce Weight

What is Yoga?

yoga posesLet us start with the meaning of the word “yoga”:  “Yoga” is a Sanskrit (an ancient Indian language) word meaning “to be one with”. In other words, “Communion” is the best meaning for the word yoga. Now, the question is, to be one with what exactly? Answer – with one’s self. One’s inner being.  From a layman’s view, it is to understand one’s own body, mind, intellect, one’s relation and one’s impact on the other. Sages and Seers of ancient India formulated yogic practices to understand one’s inner being and the relation with the existence and nature. It includes the body, mind, intellect, and so on. From another dimension, yoga practices are also aimed at maintaining physical and mental well-being. Regular yoga practice keeps common diseases away from the body and keeps the mind both calm and peaceful. This is highly beneficial and necessary for a modern day lifestyle. The stress, tensions, anxieties accumulated through every day work is released through the regular yoga practices. To be precise, yoga practices balances the body, mind and the emotions therein.
Yoga Asanas: Among the practices, the beginning part is the yoga asanas. “Asanas” are a set of body postures that relax the body muscles and the joints as well as all other parts of the body. Unlike physical exercises, yoga asanas should be done with awareness, mainly by concentrating on the body and the breath. These practices directly affect the body tissues, glands, nervous system, and respiratory system by stimulating them to carry their functions normally without any malfunctioning. The oxygenation process also functions properly with the help of regular yoga practice.

 

Reducing the weight:

As mentioned earlier, yoga asanas are body postures that mostly include stretching and bending of the body. The bending can be forward, backward and towards either side. One of the main causes for the increase of the body weight is the yoga asanasaccumulation of pure fat in the food we consume. The digestive system is regulated through yoga practice by distributing the essence food consumed across the entire body. The practice helps to carry the energy to all parts of the body. The whole of the endocrine system starts to function normally by connecting different glands that are present in the body. Various glands have their own role to be carried out in the human body. From the medical perspective, the practice of yoga can be considered as a therapy to ensure the proper functioning of nervous systems and endocrine systems. The reason is that every asana has a direct positive effect on at least one of the glands in the whole system. When one asana is performed, it stimulates the gland related with the asana and makes it more energetic. It also has a direct influence on the internal organs of the body. The asanas, when practiced, create an effect of massaging of internal organs and thus stimulating them. Stretching of the body while performing asana also has the same effect on the entire body. On a close examination of the state of mind, you will realize that the drowsiness and the laziness is driven away after the yoga practice. The reason is that the spinal cord is stretched by massaging the nervous system. One of the important objectives of yoga asana is to stretch the spinal cord. There are also some asanas intended for the improvement of blood circulation, strengthening the lungs, as well as toning the muscles and skin.

Another important role played by some of the asanas is to release the blocks created because of the body stiffness and remove the stagnant blood accumulated in the several parts of the body. Stiffness also is the after effect of the accumulation of toxins. These are released through asana practice. Stiffness is felt especially in the joints and in the muscles. This stiffness influences the mind also by taking your mind to a state of laziness. Yoga practice releases this stiffness as well as the blocks. When the body is stiff, it leads to blocking of the energy flow throughout the body. This affects the digestive and respiratory systems. Yoga practices also help the functioning of excretory systems by removing the waste from the body without any hurdles. Oxygen consumption is minimised, and carbon dioxide is flushed out properly. This makes the respiratory system clean and working smoothly. The temperature of the body drops and the metabolic rates are reduced by regular yoga practice. Precisely, the immunity increases and the body gets the energy to resist common ailments. The energy which is already present in the body, but dormant, is released scientifically through the practice of asanas.
“Prana”, a term in yoga is the subtle energy which is present in every human being. This is what we call life energy. It is part of the breathing process because; fundamentally, breathing is the process that keeps all human beings alive. Flow of prana is regulated through the asana practice that keeps the body healthy and also makes the mind calm and peaceful.
Here are some of the asanas that helps to reduce the weight. Reduction of the weight happens from three different, equally important dimensions:

  • Improving the digestive system
  • Removing waste
  • Flushing out excess gas

The following asanas helps all the above:

Pawanmuktasana

As the name states the three words: “Pawan” means wind, “mukta” is to release and asana is the body posture.

How to practice:

  1. Lie on the floor
  2. Release the body joints
  3. Bend the right leg and exhale
  4. Bring the knees towards the chest
  5. Raise your head, bend the neck and try touching the chin with the knee.
  6. Bring back the head to the normal position and then release the hands
  7. Inhale and breathe normally
  8. Follow the same process with the left leg

This is one of the best asana to release the excess gas and avoid the common gastric problems. This asana also improves the digestion. Movement of bowels become normal with the help of this asana.

Dhanurasana: “Dhanur”

in Sanskrit means “bow”. This is also called bow asana because the body bends; just like a bow.

How to practice:

  1. Lie on the ground, flat on stomach
  2. Fold  the legs so as to bring the feet closer to the buttocks
  3. Catch the legs with the hands, from both of the sides
  4. Inhale and then bend back by raising the chest and face
  5. Pull the legs towards back so that the face and body are raised automatically
  6. Thighs are also raised from the ground
  7. Pull the legs to the maximum so that the body now is like a bow.
  8. Remain in this posture for a comfortable time
  9. Slowly leave the hands and exhale
  10. Bring the legs back to normal stage
  11. Bring the head down to the floor

Bhujangasana: “Bhujanga”

means snake, the Cobra. This is the cobra pose.

How to practice:

  1. Lie flat on stomach
  2. Keep the feet together  and let chin touch the ground
  3. Place hands on both the sides of the chest, touching the palms on the floor, which is by bending the elbows
  4. Inhale and lift the body upwards so as the bending is from the waist
  5. Use your hands only as support to raise the body
  6. The hands are now straight and the half body is fully raised up
  7. Bend the neck towards the back so that you see the ceiling
  8. Remain in this posture for a comfortable time
  9. Exhale and then come back.

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