Why Yoga Is Best for Weight loss?

yoga for Weight loss

Rise early to the morning rays of the Sun; drink lemon water mixed with honey, and go for a morning walk. This is suggested as the best way to keep fit and healthy but along with it, few yoga exercises can make a lot of difference. If you cannot go for a walk, get on the mat and do inversions, downward dog pose, back bends or forward bends, and whatever you feel like doing, just start. In few days, the needle on the weighing machine will sure slide down.

Yoga has many asanas to burn fat, build the muscle tone and increase your flexibility. Sadguru give the example of kriya yoga when the yoga asana is done some people lose weight while the others gain weight.  If your digestive system is not good food is not easily converted into flesh, when you do kriyas, the digestive forces activates, digestive system is improved and the food is converted into fats, the result is weight gain. On the contrary, if your digestive system is fine and when you do kriyas, the food is converted into energy, this ultimately brings down the weight.

Yoga is traditionally not called the exercise but systematic movements, in one of them constitutes Upa Yoga or Angamardana. Upa Yoga is form of poses, in which you are not building your muscles but increasing flexibility of your body. Angamardana” means attaining the mastery over the limbs, organs and the remaining parts of the body. This practice is originated from the ancient yogic practices along with Kalaripayattu. It is set of 10 asanas which work on joints, muscles and energy system, and works on the physical and psychological well-being but you will not get spiritual awakening.

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Actually, energy moves along 72,000 pathways which are known as nodes. These nadis form energy nodes, which makes the joints storehouses of energy. Upa Yoga brings forward these energies, lubricates the joints and generates the alertness and liveliness in the body, reduces unnecessary stress and makes you strong.

Yoga is a path of devotion, what you call in Hindi Sadhna in which you do now strain your body doing inversions, bending or curving but making systematic moments, a most peaceful and beautiful practice. It is a best way to beat body challenges and double its capabilities. You bring your body in tune with the body, mind and spirit and live in absolute harmony. When you have tuned your body, everything will start functioning wonderfully and you will find yourself naturally flowing in poses.

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In certain yoga poses especially in Iyengar, you keep the body still for several minutes in one position, and in a dormant period between each pose. You would be able to build muscle strength and improve your posture. Another style in Vinyasa, which is one of the most preferred yoga forms, is also known as “flow yoga”. This exercise depends on the recital of a series of postures which are known as Sun Salutations. It involves many sporty, popular and sweating yoga styles. There is also Ashtanga style which are rigorous moments and a forceful style of practice, which is best to reduce weight. Those who have started to practice this form are encouraged to join in the series of modules to get properly trained. Once you have attained the skill, you can continue it in your home. The pranayama also stimulates the metabolism and helps in burning the excess weight. The pranayama includes Kapalbhati, Suryabheda, Nadi Shodhan and Ujjayi. Sheetal and Sheetkari are also highly relaxing and generates cool effect and gives satisfaction.

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To make it easy for you, I suggest here some of the asanas that are easily done and best to make your day.

Sun Salutation, Pawanmuktaasana, Ardha Matsyendrasana, Gomukasana, Vajrasana, Paschimottanasan, Trikonasana, Hastasana, Anantasana, Yoga Mudrasana, etc. These asanas are highly suggested ones that would bring you perfect in shape and also helps you get rid of many problems and ailments in the body. Sun Salutation or Surya Namaskar is highly revered yoga asana and a most preferred way to burn the fat and also feel healthy. It is a set of 12 postures which are performed in sequence and makes the body flexible.

If you have fat around your bellies do Mayurasana or Hansasana. Both these asanas help to reduce pressure on the abdomen and reduce belly fat.

Anantasana or Side reclining left pose also popularly known as Vishnu’ s coach helps in melting down extra stomach fat and firm the abdominal muscles. It also improves blood circulation and digestive system.

Bhujangasana also known as Cobra Pose burns the unwanted stomach fat as it stretches abdominal muscles.

Matsyasana or Fish pose: This pose stretches the lower body and helps in burning the fat from thighs, hips and towards the lower abdominal area.

Malasana or Garland pose: It also burns the fat towards the lower is of the body. It stretches thighs, hip muscles, and groin. The asana also tones the inner and outer layers of the thigh area and improves flexibility.

Besides yoga is not complete without the proper diet, it involves green and leafy vegetables, fruits, salad, and honey mix in water in the morning and lots of water. You also should add soups, millet seeds, and fiber rich food in the diet. Consume the food in requisite quantity, but avoid eating fast food, junk food, and food which is full of fat.

Yoga revives the system and gives the body sense of feeling which automatically prevents you from overeating as yoga takes care of the system. This trait in yoga is what makes it different than any other exercise.  But make yoga as a routine and see the difference it would make in your life.



Sunita Choudhary is a yoga prodigy and great socialite who drive the people with her insightful stories and her experiences of yoga. Yoga is her religion and passion which she keeps alive and invigorating with her practice and by learning new forms and types of yoga. Her yearning to teach yoga brought her to Shakti Yoga Peeth and is attached to the School since the day she landed in this land of yogis, Rishikesh.