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A lot of doctors, trainers, actors, experts etc themselves rely upon yoga for improved metabolism and weight-loss. Yoga is widely associated with the aspects of flexibility, stamina and strength. The methods in which yoga helps you lose weight are different from how it usually is perceived. Sarvesh Shashi, CEO, Zorba Yoga says, “Yoga is a true calorie burner. It is a lifestyle, a guide to wellness that requires dedication and discipline in order to reap its benefits.”
Apart from physically impacting your body, the main benefit of weight-loss arises from the mental aspect of yoga. Here’s how:
- Stress management
Stress is an inevitable part of our reality today. Stress leads to unhealthy eating habits and that is one of the major causes of weight gain. Yoga acts as a major stress buster and helps the practitioners become more aware of themselves. Reduced amounts of stress, fewer cravings for junk food and the newborn awareness which evokes conscious decisions, in terms of what, when and how you eat!
- Circulatory functions
Yoga improves circulatory functions which help control the levels of glucose and cortisol in the blood. Specific asanas and movements activate the various energy centres in the body which accentuate the overall mechanism and aid in weight loss.Ardha-Navasana (Half Boat Pose), Dhanurasana (Bow pose), Setu-Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose), Utkatasana (Chair Pose), Virabhadrasana Series 1,2,& 3 (warrior pose), Natarajasana, Bhastrika Pranayama, Kapalbhati, Surya Mudra, Gyan Mudra are some asanas and mudras that are effective for weight loss too.It is known that yoga practices help to balance the lunar and solar energies in our body. Once you start practising yoga regularly, there is an inner balance that will ensure that you maintain a healthy body weight.
yoga plays an extremely important role in helping you to sleep better. Lack of sleep or disturbed sleep is linked to altered metabolic hormone secretion, which results in decreased metabolism. This is directly linked to weight gain and obesity. Therefore, a sound sleep is the key to increased metabolism, which yoga can offer.
Remember: While yoga will do wonders to your body, it is essential to practice it regularly to attain the desired result. “After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day and likewise, weight loss can’t be achieved after practising for a day too,” added Shashi.
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