Most of the people think that yoga helps to calm the mind, but there is more to it than you think. If done yoga with dedication and discipline, yoga can help you lose weight and stay in shape.
When compare to workouts, yoga burns lesser calories but some of the yoga flows, when done at a moderate to high speed, can make you sweat like no other workout.
One of the main causes of weight gain is stress. Yoga helps to relieve stress and give relaxed, fresh mind.
Let’s now talk about a few yoga poses that help build your muscle strength, tone your body, and help you lose weight.
Surya Namaskar is king of all asanas, it works on the whole body making it the ideal posture of yoga to lose weight. It tones the neck, shoulders, spine, arms, hands, wrists, leg, and back muscles. The key lies in the manner in which it is done. For best results, do it while keeping your navel tucked in.
One round of this pose consists of two sets of 12 yoga poses each. It is advisable to practice as many rounds as your body is comfortable with.
Urdhva Mukha Svanasana
To perform this pose, lie flat on your stomach with hands extended forward and palms facing down. Now keep your hands right below your shoulders, lift your upper body and look up. Your lower abdomen and thighs should be flat on the floor.
A posture that counters the effects of sitting all day and accumulating fat in the lower part of the body. It stretches the thighs, groin, and hip muscles. It improves flexibility and tones the inner/outer thigh region.
Lie flat on your stomach. Now slowly lift your body from the mat by using the pressure of your hands. Your body should form a straight line from head to heels. Your wrist should be on the mat and your shoulders should be right above your wrist. The position will look similar to a push-up position. Hold the position for a few seconds by keeping your abdominals engaged and then slowly relax.
This asana is known to tone the facial muscles and is a good stress buster too. It is a basic pose, and irrespective of their age, anyone can do it. When you sit in the Lion Pose and stick your tongue out, your facial muscles, along with the thorax and spine, are stretched.