Yoga is considered as a practice of physical, mental and spiritual disciplines. It is originated in ancient India and is one of the main Hindu philosophical traditions. Yoga is considered as the soul of India. The Sanskrit word ‘Yug’ is the base for the formation of the word Yoga, which means union of individual consciousness with the universal consciousness. It is meant to be a system that increases awareness and decreases diseases. There are many health benefits with regular practice of yoga which include weight loss, increasing energy, reducing stress, better breathing, peacefulness, increase of concentration, flexibility, etc. It is something which one can do wherever he/she is and whenever they want and however long they can.
When a person reached a certain age, they tend to lose their fitness, become less active, and also have chances of gaining weight due to lack of physical exercises. They can no longer work as efficiently and effectively as they did when they were young. Though they tend to do, their bodies won’t support it. With further increase in age, people tend to suffer from Aches, weakness, pains, depression, etc, because of the above-mentioned problems. The practice of yoga helps in boosting one’s immunity towards the above ailments. Yoga is considered to be a natural method of curing and preventing diseases. The practice of yoga makes people feel active and younger and also to avoid several physical and mental issues. It unites the body, mind, and spirit to attain calm and peacefulness.
Yoga is unlike other physical activities which is carried out for weight loss. With the growing trend food habits of the people are also changing rapidly. People are attracted to unhealthy and junk food, which seems to be tastier, unlike healthy natural ones. People are more concerned about the taste of the food rather than the effects caused by them. These unhealthy food habits lead to several problems including obesity, increased weight, heart diseases, and even kidney and intestinal related problems. People should get rid of these unhealthy habits and should be more cautious of their increased instances of metabolic disorders, cancer, diabetes and expanding waistlines. People should give ultimate priority to their health in resorting to their diet plans and fitness regimes. Also, people who were already fit should concern about building their flexibility. Compared to the strain full workout sessions, yoga is an effective tool for weight loss.
There are few poses (asanas) which are suggested to practice to lose some extra weight and get back into good shape, they are as follows:
- Surya Namaskar
- Veerabhadrasana or The warrior pose
- Trikonasana or The Triangle Pose
- Purvottanasana or Upward Plank
- The boat pose
Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation):
Surya namaskar is one of the basic, most well-known and widely practiced asanas of yoga. Surya namaskar is a Sanskrit term which is translated as the sun salutation. It keep the body active as it helps in exercising all areas of the body. Unlike the other yoga poses, it comprises a series of twelve different yoga asanas or poses which focus on various parts of the body. This is what makes Surya namaskar is a great exercise for the entire body. It includes basic prayer pose, cobra pose, forward bend pose, Equestrian pose, raised arm pose, stick pose, etc. These poses help in strengthening the skeletal system and also aids in easing anxiety and stress.
Veerabhadrasana (The warrior pose):
Veerabhadrasana or the warrior pose involves going into the mountain pose which is followed by stretching one of your legs back and the other leg positioned as pounce, and the knee to be positioned perpendicularly that is at approx ninety-degree, and the arms are to be stretched above the head. The second stage of this is the veerabhadrasana 2 or the warrior pose-2 it is a slightest variation wherein you bring your hands in front of the chest . This pose has a great impact on your legs, arms, thighs, and back. It also increases blood circulation in the body.
Trikonasana (Triangle Pose):
Trikonasana or the triangle pose is named for it’s assumed triangular look on the body of the person practicing it. It is quite a simple pose and one among the few poses in yoga that require you to keep your eyes open during the pose. It also helps in attaining free bowel movement when practiced in the early stages of the morning. Just hold the pose for 20 to 30 seconds or even more, depends on how much your body permits. It helps in solving the common issues such as, reducing blood pressure, decreasing fat from the waist and thighs and keeping them light and fit. This pose gives the stability, balance and prevents fidgeting and imbalance. It also helps in stretching and strengthening the arms and legs.
Purvottanasana (Upward plank):
Purvottanasana or the upward plank pose may seem a bit difficult to make during the initial stages but the results produced by this asana will leave you much gratified. This pose has a great impact on your shoulders, arms, wrists, spine, back, and muscles. It is also a great exercise for the entire respiratory system. It is good for the strength of the body as it works on your inner thigh muscles, hips and legs. This pose seems to be the exact opposite of the position which you get before preparing for a push-up.
The boat pose:
The boat pose, where you lie down on your back and go into a V-shaped position which resembles a boat. Try to hold the position for 10 seconds and increase the hold duration day by day. This asana shows an impact on the stomach muscles, this would kill that stubborn belly fat upon regular practice.
It might take some time to understand the mechanism and to get accustomed to those different asanas, but they become your habit out of regular practice. Experts advise to practice them usually around 3-5 times a week so as to get stronger and maintain good health.