Importance of Yoga in weight loss

yoga weight lossYoga is an ancient Indian activity which comprises of spiritual, mental and physical components. It is said to be discovered around 5th and 6th century during the Vedic Indian tradition as mentioned in the Rig Veda, but came in practice in west in 20th century. Yoga was basically introduced in the west by Swami Vivekananda and other gurus from India. Soon it became popular all around the world and came as an boon for many problems like cancer, asthma, heart diseases etc.

But nowadays people do yoga for weight loss, physical fitness and it has proven effective in doing so. Weight loss happens basically when a person’s intake ( i.e. food and drink ) is less than their calorie burn out. Yoga may burn lesser calories than some basic traditional exercises but it is helpful in de-stressing the body and the way people relate to their body, so people become more conscious of what they are consuming and when which makes weight loss an easy process.

Yoga usually burns around 5-6 calories per minute and one yoga class lasts about 60-90 minutes, so that basically is 300-350 calories per class. But yoga is also effective in stress management, and stress is also a factor in wrong metabolism of body and subsequent weight gain. Stress management achieved through yoga has other benefits such as balanced blood pressure, healthy digestion and better sleep.

The other way by which yoga helps you reduce your weight is by detoxifying your body as the yoga practices aims at cleaning, rejuvenating and balancing our inner organs. Breathing activities increases metabolic rates which helps us in getting our weight reduced. Some of the yoga techniques that help you in weight loss are as follows–

1) Surya Namaskar – It is one of the most known techniques whose basic meaning is sun salutation. It consist of 12 different yoga posses that concentrate on various parts of the body and thereby covering maximum area of body for activation.

2) The warrior pose – It consist of creating a mountain pose with stretching your one leg back and other into a lunge like position with knee in 90 degree. It tends to help your legs, back and arms in improving blood circulation which is essential for weight loss.

3) Triangular pose – One needs to achieve wide legged stance, turn the right foot out and stretch the arms. It works on the sides of your body, arms and thighs and tends to stretch these parts, thus increasing their flexibility and increasing metabolism rate.

4) Upward plank – This is one of the toughest asan, it might leave you gratified and bit it is difficult to achieve. It tends to help your back, shoulders, wrist and arms. It also helps the respiratory system and is great for core strength of the body as well as it works on your inner thigh muscles, legs as well as hips.

Yoga basically has good results for weight loss if only it is done regularly which require discipline and focus. One may start doing yogic techniques with basic asans/poses first and then upgrading to the difficult ones.