Yoga is a magical tool for enhancing one’s physical and mental health. It is also an excellent mode of activity for weight loss. It is presumed to deliver the same effects as aerobic exercises or moderate intensity activity. It helps greatly in getting back into shape. Exercise in any form releases endorphins and beats stress. Stress is one of the major contributors of weight gain in today’s lifestyle. Yoga attempts to bring your breath, mind and body in harmony therefore bringing alignment of mind body and soul and releasing endorphins and eliminating stress.
Let’s take a look the top 5 yoga asanas which help in weight loss.
Surya Namaskara: It is considered the king of asanas. It involves the whole body. Surya namaskar consists of 12 poses. It tones the neck, back, arms, legs and activates core muscles, making it the ideal pose for weight loss
Veerabhadrasana (Warrior Pose): It is a standing pose that aids in strengthening of quadriceps (front of thigh muscles) Glutes (buttock region muscles). This strengthening helps in toning your legs and hips.
Dhanurasana (Bow pose) : It stretches the abdominal region, which helps loosen the fat and aids in fat burning. It also tones arms and legs.
Konasana (Angle pose): The sideways bending of the body helps in stability improvement and burning of fat on the glutes, hips and provides shape to the body.
Utkatasana: This posture increases the metabolic rate, which helps in losing weight. In addition, it tones thighs, legs, and knees. Higher the metabolic rate, more the amount of fat gets burnt.