The term ‘Yoga’ is derived from a Sanskrit word meaning ‘union’ or ‘to join’. Yoga is an ancient form practiced in India by ascetics when they were in meditation. Yoga aims for the union of the body, mind and spirit through a system of postures, breathing exercises and meditation.
Breathing exercises: These help in increasing oxygen intake to the body cells, including the fat cells. This results in burning up of fat cells. It also reduces anxiety. Whenever we are anxious, if we take a deep breath, our anxiety or anger goes. Anxiety makes us swallow our food without chewing. So we tend to eat more than is needed. This hampers weight loss. Here these breathing exercises help and keep you calm and cool.
Sun salutations: 24 sun salutations at 4 rounds a minute are beneficial for lungs and the mantras relax the mind.
Pranayama: Pranayama manages the energy and also relaxes the mind. Kapalbhati, Bhasrika and fast breathing help in burning fasts in obese people.
Yogic Asanas for Arms and legs: In arms and legs exercises like Tree pose, Hero pose, Dog pose (face up) and Dog pose (face down), Bridge pose (face up) and Bridge pose (face down, swinging lotus pose, Calebacy pose, and squat and rise pose, will help you in weight loss and give peace of mind.
Ashtanga Yoga: It is a vigorous exercise which has many advantages for those who want to lose weight. When you learn the poses, it is ideal for home practitioners.
Asanas: Asanas increase the fat metabolism in the body and also in fat covering the muscle. This will result not only in burning of fat but also vitality of muscles.
Bikram Yoga: You have to attend a minimum of 10 Bikram Yoga sessions per month i.e 3 sessions per week to gain maximum weight loss benefits.