11 Yoga Poses for Weight Loss | Yoga in Singapore

11 Yoga Poses for Weight Loss

What is Yoga?

Yoga, derived from the Sankrit word “yuj” which means to unite and integrate, is a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practised for health and relaxation.  Yoga is all about harmonizing the body with the mind – the mind-body connection.

Types of Yoga Poses for Weight Loss

 Half-Moon Pose

Benefits: tones buttocks, upper and lower thighs, stretches sides of tummy, strengthens core muscles, helps weight loss.

Avoid: if you have digestive disorders, spine injury, high blood pressure.

Warrior I Pose

Benefits: stretches back, strengthens thighs, buttocks and tummy; helps to lose weight.

Avoid: if you have shoulder, knee or back trouble, high blood pressure

Warrior II Pose

Benefits: strengthens back, thighs, abdomen and core muscles.

Avoid: if you have high blood pressure or diarrhea.

Chair Pose

Benefits: strengthens core muscles, thighs and tones buttocks.

Avoid: if you have knee or back injury.

Tree Pose

Benefits: strengthens core muscles, and tones thighs and arms.

Avoid: if you have knee or back injury.

Forward-Bending

Benefits: stretches hamstrings and strengthens abdominal muscles.

Avoid: if you have knee or back injury.

Sun Salutation

Benefits: full body workout, detoxifying internal organs and provides deeper relaxing effect.

Avoid: if you have knee or back injury.

Half Spinal Twist

Benefits: increases lung capacity, stretches the spine and tones thighs and abdominal muscels and simulates digestive system.

Avoid: if you have back injury.

Cobbler Pose

Benefits:  reduces fat on inner thighs, strengthens spine, groin, knees and lower back muscles and improves digestion.

Plank Pose

Benefits: strengthens and tones arms, shoulders, back, buttocks, thighs and abs.

Avoid: if you have back or shoulder injuries, high blood pressure.

Bridge Pose

Benefits: tones thighs and abs, strengthens shoulder, stretches neck and spine, keep one’s blood pressure under control.

Avoid: if you have neck or back injury.

Conclusion

Focusing on exercise for weight loss is not enough; there is also a need to moderate our food intake. Remember the weight loss equation: Increase output and decrease input! Do not push weight loss to the extreme – listen to your body. If we do things to the extreme, they will backfire.

Do share with us whether these yoga poses are effective in your weight loss journey.

References

http://www.thehealthsite.com/fitness/12-yoga-poses-asanas-for-weight-loss/

http://www.yogajournal.com/category/poses/

http://listsbuzz.com/top-10-yoga-poses-to-reduce-weight/

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

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