How To Borrow From Yoga For Weight Loss

Yoga is​ often praised in​ the​ mass media as​ the​ new fitness-craze promising weight loss,​ and increased strength and flexibility. However,​ when one sees a​ yoga practitioner curled up in​ a​ seemingly impossible pose,​ the​ natural tendency is​ to​ think: “Well this person has been practicing for years,​ how can Yoga help me lose the​ weight now?”

Through the​ acclaimed Sun Salutations,​ that’s how.

What are they?

These exercises are a​ combination of​ Yoga Poses,​ Breathing Exercises,​ Sun Bathing and Prayer. They have been practiced for centuries by Yoga Practitioners in​ India,​ Martial Artists and African Wrestlers and as​ a​ system to​ rejuvenate the​ body and soul are beyond compare. It’s been said in​ the​ Drugless Healing circles that one round of​ the​ Sun Salutations is​ much better than a​ week of​ exercises at​ the​ gym!

They are very simple to​ learn and just about anyone,​ regardless of​ their fitness or​ flexibility levels can learn these simple exercises. in​ actuality,​ if​ you are familiar with “burpies” (the calisthenics exercise),​ they do derive their origin from the​ Sun Salutations.

Here are some of​ their benefits:

-They alleviate disorders of​ the​ skin and waist.

-Flexibility increases and breathing is​ corrected,​ moreover,​ they mildly exercise the​ legs and arms,​ thus increasing the​ circulation.

-They are the​ best way to​ burn calories and reduce weight and are often recommended for obesity and depression.

-They are an​ effective way of​ loosening up,​ stretching and massaging all joints and internal organs of​ the​ body.

-They stimulate and balance all the​ systems of​ the​ body including the​ endocrine,​ circulatory,​ reproductive and digestive system.


1. Stand straight with the​ palms together as​ in​ a​ prayer position.

2. Inhale and stretch the​ arms above the​ head.

3. Exhale and bend forward while touching the​ toes.

4. Inhale and stretch the​ right leg away from the​ body in​ a​ big backward step and keep the​ hands and left foot firmly on​ the​ ground. Bending the​ head backward the​ left knee should be between the​ hands.

5. Inhale and hold the​ breath. Move the​ left leg from the​ body and,​ keeping both feet together and the​ knees of​ the​ floor,​ rest on​ the​ hands (arms straight) and keep the​ body in​ a​ straight line from head to​ foot.

6. Exhale and lower the​ body to​ the​ floor. in​ this position,​ only 8 portions of​ the​ body come in​ contact with the​ floor: the​ two feet,​ two knees,​ two hands,​ chest and forehead.

7. Inhale and bend back as​ much as​ possible bending the​ spine to​ the​ maximum.

8. Exhale and lift the​ body of​ the​ floor. Keep the​ feet and heels on​ the​ floor.

9. Inhale and bring the​ right foot along the​ level of​ the​ hands; left foot and knee should touch the​ ground. Look up,​ bending the​ spine slightly (same position as​ #4)

10. Exhale and bring the​ left leg forward. Keep the​ knees straight and bring the​ head down to​ the​ knees as​ in​ the​ third position.

11. Raise the​ arms overhead and bend backward inhaling. as​ in​ Position 2.

12. Exhale and drop the​ arms and relax.

You have now completed one round. Perform as​ many rounds as​ possible in​ multiples of​ 3. Ideally you want to​ aim for 6 rounds minimum and up to​ a​ maximum of​ 30. it​ only takes about 5-10 minutes,​ depending on​ your speed and intensity and is​ best practiced with as​ little clothing as​ possible before an​ open air window first thing in​ the​ morning.

You could do a​ search in​ Yahoo! Images for “Sun Salutations” to​ see a​ visual representation of​ these powerful exercises and be rest assured that with a​ sensible diet and a​ wise combination of​ these exercises-with any other fitness regimen you may choose-you are well on​ your way to​ attaining natural weight loss,​ increased strength and overall fitness with the​ help of​ yoga.
So don’t get intimidated when you see a​ seasoned practitioner in​ a​ seemingly tough pose. Yoga is​ for everyone and can help you lose weight.

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