There has been a debate for over many years whether yoga is an effective tool in weight loss or not. Many people believe and say that yoga does not work fast enough to burn the number of calories required for true weight loss. Others say that yoga is an extremely effective way to lose weight.
Yoga is an ancient form of exercise and way of living that focuses on the mind, body, and soul. It is a universal practice for all ages. If one adopts the practice as a part of everyday routine, one can actually feel the difference, mentally, physically as well spiritually. And as an added bonus, it can help you lose weight without the complications of diet and going to the gym.
Here are a few yoga positions that will help you lose weight in an effective way:
Surya Namaskar means sun salutation. It consists of a series of twelve different yoga poses that focus on various parts of the body. What makes Surya namaskar great for the entire body is the fact that it involves twelve different poses encompassed in one. It helps in strengthening your skeletal system including and also helps in easing stress and anxiety.
It involves the mountain pose, followed by stretching one of your legs back and with the other leg and knee at a ninety-degree positioning and your hands stretched right above your head. You can take this further to the virabhadrasana wherein you bring your hands in front of the chest and straighten your stretched leg, pointing it outwards while your other leg is still at ninety degrees and your both arms are stretched out wide apart.
Start with a wide-legged stance then turn your right foot out. Now stretch your arms out, wide open pushing the right side of your waistline over your right leg and slowly go down, facing downwards with a flat back. Keep your right palm on the ground or on a block with your left arm stretched upwards. Repeat the other side.
This works extensively on your back, shoulders, arms, spine, wrists and fortifies muscles. It is great for the core strength of the body as it works on your legs, inner thigh muscles as wells as hips. Sit with your legs stretched in front of you. Put your hands behind your hips pointing toward your feet. Now, point your feet, prepare your body to rise up. Raise your body from the tailbone and try pulling your head back as well.
The Boat Pose:
You lie down on your back and go into a V-shaped position resembling a boat. Try holding the position for 10 seconds, to begin with, and increase the bar with every passing day. You will feel your stomach muscles going for a toss but trust me, this will kill that stubborn belly fat.
Standing still in certain poses puts a strain on muscles. This allows your muscles to build itself and lose the fats. When the muscles build up, energy is required. Some of this energy is taken from the fat your body has stored. This is how fat turns into muscle.