Am I overweight or are you overweight? This is a question that we have asked ourselves umpteenth times and the answer has invariably leaned towards the positive; and when that happens we simply rush to join a gym or hire a dietician to try and bring the weight down to acceptable limits. However, mindless work outs and diets hardly yields any results; instead exhaustion takes over as the body gets mired with aches and pains. Losing weight is a long drawn process that involves a good amount of motivation and the right attitude. Moreover, dieting and exercising seems far-fetched especially for those dealing with work and home life pressures on a regular basis. In fact it is a myth that going to a gym or following a strict diet helps in weight loss. Therefore, what is the solution? This article will familiarize you with an ideal plan to lose weight that can be practiced within the comforts of home.
Yoga is a great way to tone your muscles that eventually leads to weight loss. Listed below are a few yoga poses that apart from lowering anxiety also helps to bring down your weight. Practice regularly and try and hold on to these postures for as long as possible, from a minimum of 15 to 20 seconds to a maximum of one minute.
Here Are The 5 Amazing Yoga Poses For Weight Loss:
1. The Warrior Pose
The warrior pose stretches and tones the muscles of the thighs and shoulders, strengthens body and at the same time assists in weight loss. This yoga pose requires you to be in a lunge position and for that any one of your leg (left or right) should be first extended forward and then bent at the knee in a ninety degree position so that the thigh stands parallel to the floor. Make sure that your other leg is extended backwards. Keep your body in an upright position and while you exhale slowly outstretch your arms wide apart. Practicing this yoga regularly also improves blood circulation.
2. Tree Pose
The tree pose strengthens the abdominal muscles as well as tones the thighs and arms. At first you need to stand straight keeping your feet together. Then slowly shift most of your body weight on the left leg. Raise the other leg i.e. the right leg while keeping the right foot facing inwards. You may use your hand to hold the right ankle to assist in pulling; then place the heel of the right foot on the inner thigh of the left leg. Keep your hands raised above your head while all the time making sure that your palms are upturned towards the ceiling. In this you need high levels of concentration to maintain your body balance.
3. Forward Bending Pose
The forward bending pose is one of the best yoga poses that helps in weight loss. This asana is apt for getting a flat tummy as it stretches the hamstrings and tones the leg and abdominal muscles. Stand straight with your feet close to each other. Inhale while slowly raising your arms above your head. Now bring your body to a forward bending position in a way that your head touches your knees and your palms touches the floor. Hold this position for at least thirty seconds after which you can exhale and return to the original position.
4. The Chair Pose
The chair pose strengthens the muscles of the arms and legs and at the same time stimulates the diaphragm and heart. Stand in an upright position and while you inhale raise your arms so that they are perpendicular to the floor. You can leave the arms facing parallel to each other or you can even join the palms, whichever feels all right. Now exhale and bend the knees so that the thighs lies parallel to the floor. Your upper torso should be bent forward and the tailbone extended towards the floor. Remain in this position for at least thirty seconds and then slowly come back to the original position.
5. The Bridge Pose
The bridge pose works wonders for weight loss as it tones your thighs, shoulders and the abs too. It even reduces menopausal symptoms by controlling stress and anxiety all of which are responsible for weight gain. Lie down flat on your back and slowly bend your knees so that the feet remains flat on the ground. While spreading your knees exhale and raise your body from the pelvis area. While doing so ensure that your head and neck remains flat on the floor. You may use your hand for assistance if you are doing for the first time. When your body becomes used to this pose you may even clasp your fingers below your raised back for further stretching.