5 Ways Yoga Helps You Lose Weight

Summary: Learn the natural yogic way to lose body fat through this blog.

Weight gain can be a by-product of various issues such as faulty dietary patterns, poor lifestyle, or genetic predisposition. It can also be a result of an inefficient functioning of the various body organs, toxin accumulation, consumption of certain modern medications, excessive intake of sugar, and so much more.

With more people becoming aware of the hazardous health effects of an unruly lifestyle that leads to various issues including obesity, there has been a sudden upsurge in people prioritizing their health and resorting to diverse methods for getting back in shape.

Yoga, an ancient body of science and a holistic practice for all ages offers natural body, mind, and soul healing methods. As a science of health and wellness, this traditional system is associated with the welfare of the entire human body. It is a wholesome practice aimed at making a person healthy from deep within. The practice of yoga for weight loss involves a combination of yoga postures, breathing techniques, and meditation which work towards detoxifying the body and enhancing the metabolic processes. Once cured internally, the results outshine in the form of the desired body mass index.

Here are the key five natural ways in which yoga aids in losing weight:

  1. Improves Bodily Functions: Irregular bodily functions for various reasons can be the prime source of weight gain. Yoga, as a remedy, can be highly effective in correcting the inefficiency of various body organs responsible. A regular practice of yoga moves and stretches the body in all directions. This movement helps in increasing the blood flow, oxygen supply, heart rate, toning the abdominal muscles, and so on. All these actions contribute towards a healthy weight loss. The inclusion of intense yoga practices like Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, and Hatha Yoga intensifies muscle strength and helps burn more fat and calories, thereby aiding in weight loss. Secondly, the performance of breathing techniques such as Kapalbhati, Ujjayi, Sheetali, and Bhastrika cleanses the body and revives the internal system.
  2. Restores Mental Balance: Cortisol, the much-discussed stress hormone shoots up during stressful situations. As the hormone is released into the blood stream, numerous body processes speed up and many others slow down. When under constant stress, Cortisol converts amino acids into sugar glucose, shifts neurotransmitter, decreases the flow of blood, and negatively affects the physical and psychical body. Stress is the root cause of various diseases.  The Yogic System can be effectively utilized for lowering the stress levels and to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system. A dedicated practice of yoga promotes the development of happy hormones and balances the nervous system that, in turn, positively affects how a body reacts to stress. The positive changes in brain functions restrict the practitioner from indulging in unhealthy habits and help a body operate at its optimal potential.
  3. Provokes Healthier Food Choices: Yoga is the one science that makes a mindful eater. How? As we devotedly delve into the art of yoga, its enriching practices help us break-free from various unhealthy habits including addiction to destructive substances, poor nutrition, etc. Mindful eating makes you aware of your body cues so that you can spot when to eat, what to eat, and the quantity of food to be taken. Being a mindful eater also controls emotional eating spells and leads towards adopting healthier ways of coping.
  4. Increases Body Awareness: Body awareness is a crucial step towards a healthy and ideal physical Self. Yoga is a promulgated science that promotes heightened awareness and makes us more attuned to our body needs. The steady yoga practices motivate us to keep going, make us more disciplined that reflect in everything we do. Together with the discipline of body, breath, and mind, the yoga practices help us reveal the hidden, vibrant layers of our personality.
  5. Instigates the Burn Effect: Yogic movements help in the lengthening, toning of the muscles, and abdominal organs. The muscle tissues consume fat as fuel. The Sun Salutation sequences and other yoga postures help builds strong muscles. Robust muscle tissues eat stored fat and help burn calories even after the practice (The burn effect). The breath work shifts emotional patterns and raises the energy levels motivating to stay fresh and agile. The more active we are, the more fat we burn and are more likely to have a healthy weight.

Form healthy habits, savor an ideal body weight and keep the body free from diseases through an everyday practice of yoga.

Manmohan Singh is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveler in India. He provides Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India. He loves writing and reading the books related to yoga, health, nature and the Himalayas. : https://www.rishikulyogshala.org/

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