Beginner’s guide to Yoga: 3 poses that can help you maintain your weight
You are trying everything from zumba to dieting and various other fads for weight loss, but aren’t quite achieving the desired results. Sounds like a familiar situation? Then you must read on as to why you aren’t shedding the bulge in the belly.
Most of us have various reasons for being a little over-weight or obese: insulin sensitivity, low metabolism, over-eating of junk food (obsession) and poor core functioning. That’s why yoga for weight loss should be your best weapon. Yoga helps with your insulin sensitivity. And, guess what? It also helps in combating obsessions and problems of core functions.
Yoga is an ancient Indian practice that can be followed by almost anyone. A lot of people have benefitted by doing Yoga.
If you are new to yoga, here are a few yoga exercises that you can begin with to fight that bulging belly:
Tree pose: Yogic postures are all about striking the right balance and Tree pose helps you find that balance.
- Stand straight and relax.
- Slowly raise your right leg and bend it.
- Affix it to the knee of the other leg.
- Gradually raise your hands straight above your head and join the palms together. Breathe well and hold on to the posture for about 10 seconds initially and slowly extend the time.
- Now repeat this with your other leg.
- You will feel a slight pressure on your abdomen and core area. This exercise will help you in improving your core functions.
Bow pose: Our back supports us and keeps us upright and the bow pose helps us do that.
- Lying down on your stomach, fold your knees.
- Stretch out your arms towards the back to grip your ankles.
- Taking in a breath, lift your chest off the ground and pull your legs up and back to shape your body like a bow. Do the stretch only as far as you can comfortably.
- Keep your gaze ahead.
- Breathe regularly and release the pose after some time.
- This asana is great for regulating your metabolism, increasing flexibility and toning your chest, neck and tummy.
Upward facing dog: This stretch is the best for your back too.
- Lie on your stomach and relax.
- Gradually raise your upper half with the help of your palms by placing them on either side. Try to look up while your legs will still be in the same position.
- This helps in strengthening your back, chest and helps in maintaining core balance.
P.S: It is advised to perform all these asanas under a trained Yoga therapist.