One of the many benefits of yoga is weight loss. Yoga for weight loss doesn’t just focus on the calmness of the mind but instead it incorporates body postures that are beneficial for attaining weight loss. The most common posture when doing yoga is the half-lotus or Indian-seated position with the back straight up. But, contrary to common beliefs, there are different body postures that will help your body generate more heat and improve your breathing while doing yoga.
One example of a yoga posture that is considered beneficial for weight loss is called Halasana. Lay on a mattress or carpet in a supine position. Focus on your breathing as you start lifting up both your legs. Stop when your legs make a 90-degree angle with the floor. This position of your legs is called the Uttanpadasana posture or raised foot. As you exhale, raise your waist and hips, and then push both legs backward over the head. Keep your head, shoulders, arms, hands, and toes resting on the floor to try to maintain balance. Also, make sure that your knees are straight. Stay in this position for 30 seconds and then slowly go back to the starting position. The Halasana is proven to improve the elasticity of the spine, the overall function of the veins, and to reduce digestion problems. For beginners, the Halasana is usually recommended, but as you become more flexible and relaxed, you can venture out to try other yoga body postures.
It takes a lot of discipline and effort to achieve the desirable weight loss you want in doing yoga. And so before you even begin, make sure that you are truly determined to do it. You see, yoga can be a little tiring and difficult to get comfortable with the postures, but as you practice more and more, you can get used to any body postures without too much effort. Some may doubt its effectiveness in weight loss, but the medical study of Alan Kristal, DPH, MPH, a medical researcher and practicing yogi, and his colleagues in 2005 proves the weight-loss effects of yoga.
According to Kristal, “Those practicing yoga who were overweight to start with lost about 5 pounds during the same time period those not practicing yoga gained 14 pounds. The buzzword here is mindfulness—the ability to observe what is happening internally in a non-reactive fashion. That is what helps change the relationship of mind to body, and eventually to food and eating.”