Yoga Exercises for Reducing Weight
Obesity is a health disorder caused due to accumulation of fat tissue that blocks all the functional channels of the human digestive system leading to weight gain. Many health symptoms are associated leading to severe health disorders as well. Hence, it is important to control and manage weight gain before it takes a toll on your life.
Regular yoga exercises is known to be the best obesity treatment in Ayurveda coupled with various procedures and therapies used for management of body fat. It not actually burns fat but stimulates the poor performance of some glands and increases their hormonal secretions that further helps in reducing or maintaining weight.
Individuals suffering from thyroid tend to increase weight faster because thyroid greatly influences body metabolism and eventually reduces the level of fat absorption in the body. Unabsorbed fat gets accumulated resulting in obesity. Many yoga asanas like fish pose and shoulder stand, especially, effects the functioning of thyroid gland and helps reduce fat accumulation by increasing fat metabolism.
The most dangerous fat is the one accumulated near the abdomen. This fat is stubborn than the other accumulated fats and is requires more rigorous efforts to get rid of. Abdominal fat often paves way for increasing the level of cortisol level, resulting in enhanced deposition of fat. This abdominal fat can be reduced by yoga exercises like Pavanmuktasan, Bhujangasan and Dhanurasan.
Yoga also helps in reducing the level of anxiety and stress. Many individuals are prone to anxious eating because of stress and anxiety. Mental exercises or yoga breathing exercises greatly influences the nervous strain; helping us reduce the stress level, potentially, reduce anxious eating.
Moreover, there are other forms of yoga exercises that help reduce accumulated fat near the abdomen, hips, back and other areas of the body. Some of the most popular yogasanas are:
Another good yoga exercise for reducing weight is sun salutation. It is an exercise with a sequence of 7 asanas that help increase the supply of blood and oxygen to various body parts and eventually reduces weight. The 7 of postures of sun salutation include:
- Utthana Hasthasana
- Ashva Sanchalanasana
- Ashtanga Namaskra
- Adho Mukha Svanasana
Pranayama is also a good breathing exercise for obesity management. These exercises control inhaling and exhaling of vital energy. Best practices pranayamas for increasing the capacity and functioning of lungs, thereby burning more fats include:
- Fast breathing exercises
In addition, to the various yoga exercises, ayurvedic treatment for weight loss also includes various massages and therapies:
- Udwarthanam deep massages using powder made of herbal formulations
- Abhyanga deep massages using herbal oils
- Steam Bath mobilizes fat accumulation
- Panchakarma treatment for weight loss
- Oral consumption of medicinal plants like triphala, garcinia, and brahmi
- Other herbal plants beneficial for obesity management are ginger, black pepper, mint, cinnamon, fenugreek, and curry leaves
However, the time and degree to which yoga exercises and Ayurvedic treatment helps cure obesity greatly varies from person to person depending on the constituents of individual body compositions.