Yoga is the oldest form of exercise that focuses on your body, soul, and mind. In addition to relaxing you from stress, it also helps in losing weight. People had never viewed yoga as an aid for weight loss. But the reality is, yoga is quite a natural and soothing way of losing weight. Yoga helps in cleansing your body, strengthening your core, increasing flexibility and stamina, and upping your metabolic rate. All these factors contribute to weight loss. So in this article, I will tell you some yoga asanas (poses) for losing weight and some apparel to reap the weight loss benefits.
Surya Namaskar is the most basic and widely-practiced asana which means sun salutation. It consists of a series of twelve poses such as basic prayer pose, bhujangasana, forward bend etc. All these poses work for various body parts which makes this asana great for the entire body and weight loss too. Experts say that it is a good way to keep your body active and aids in relieving stress and anxiety.
Veerabhadrasana (the warrior pose)
During this pose, you have to first stand in a mountain pose and then stretch one of your legs backward, place the other leg into a lunge-like position, your knee forming a ninety-degree angle with the hands stretched upwards above your head. This asana helps in removing fat from your back, arms, thighs, and legs. It improves blood circulation too.
Trikonasana (triangular pose)
Stand with the legs wide apart and bring your right foot out, sideways. Then stretch your arms out while pushing your waistline on your right leg and going down slowly with a flat back. Your right-hand fingers should touch the ground, and your left arm should stretch upwards. Repeat this on the other side. This pose works for your arms, thighs and the sides of your body.
Purvottanasana (Upward Plank)
This is quite difficult for the beginners, but its results are amazing. Sit by stretching your legs in front of you. Hands should be placed on your hips while pointing towards feet. Now raise your body upward by using the strength of your arms and try to pull your head back. It works best for the spine, shoulders, arms, wrists, and muscles.
Lie down with your back facing the floor and hands stretched sideways. Then fold your knees and raise your body upward from your pelvis area. Take help from your hands and hold this position. It helps in shaping your thighs, hips, back, and stomach.
However, to see the results of your efforts, you should be careful about two things:
- Perform all the asanas correctly, which is very important.
- Your apparel.
Yes, while doing yoga, what you wear really matters. You should be very comfortable and flexible while doing yoga and this is related to our clothes also. Obviously, you can’t do yoga in skin-tight jeans or pants and then expect results. So perform yoga properly, choose yoga pants wisely and you will surely be able to achieve your slim waistline goals.