Among the many advantages of Yoga, the most sought after in today’s world is probably the weight loss. And it is no wonder, since in this junk food age, obesity is one of the major health concerns.
Yoga helps in weight loss through a very scientific approach. The breathing techniques in Yoga increase the flow of oxygen rich blood to the body cells. The fat cells in body burn in when in contact with the oxygen. Yoga trains the physical as well as mental aspects of the body, thus making losing weight and retaining it more effective.
Following asanas (poses) are especially useful in fighting obesity.
Pavanmuktasana: (wind-removing pose) Lie flat on your back on the Yoga mat. Yoga mats provide cushioning to your spine. Bend your knees to bring your thighs near to your chest. Hug your knees by interlocking the fingers at the shin. Pull your legs with your hands, and touch them to your chest. Raise your upper body to touch your chin to the knees.
Hold the position for a minute. Beginners might experience a strain in the thighs. Lower your upper body if you feel any kind of discomfort. Hold the rest of the position for as long as possible.
Halasana: (plough pose) Lie down on your back on your Yoga mat, with your legs together. Your arms should be on the side, palms facing down. Relax your body. Contracting your abdominal muscles, raise your feet to a vertical position. Slowly roll your buttocks and spine off the floor. Bend your arms at the elbows and support your back to raise the trunk to a vertical position.
Gently push your chest forward to touch the chin. Push your legs forward. Touch your toes to the floor behind your head. The knees should remain straight throughout. Do not force your toes to touch the ground. Hold the position where it is most comfortable.
Suptavajrasana: (sleeping thunderbolt pose) Kneel on the floor with your back straight. Part your heels by joining the toes. Rest your buttocks on the inside on your heels. Your palms should rest on your thighs. Slowly bend backwards.
Take the support of your elbows. Arch your back, and touch the crown of your head to the floor. Hold the position for as long as comfortable. Return to the start pose in the reverse order. Never start getting up by straightening the legs.