Practicing Yoga comes with a lot of mental and physical benefits which include safe weight loss. Obesity is as a result of consuming too many calories without engaging in physical activities to burn off these extra calories. Other than this, obesity can also be as a result of severe underlying reasons. Some of these underlying causes include the following:
• Liver problems
• Thyroid problems
• Low pH etc.
Yoga when practiced appropriately and under the guidance of an experienced teacher will help address such issues and help in the shedding of extra weight while at the same time restoring lost health.
How Does Yoga Help In Safe Weight Loss?
Stimulating the liver – we all know that the liver plays a number of important roles in the human body like detoxifying and cleansing. Other than that, the liver also purifies the blood and processes both the healthy and unhealthy types of fat. This means that the healthier the liver is, the more effective it becomes. It will effectively get rid of unhealthy fats while promoting the growth of healthy fats and provide the body with efficient energy through the storage of glucose and the production of coenzyme Q10 which is known to strengthen the muscles.
It is by performing the following yoga postures that the liver gets to benefit most:
• Chakrasana (wheel pose)
• Matsyendrasana (spinal twist)
• Bhujangasana (cobra pose)
• Dhanurasana (bow pose)
Activating the thyroid gland – the thyroid is a gland that secretes a hormone that is responsible for regulating the metabolism. A high metabolism burns fat faster and more effectively and this only happens when the thyroid is active. When you suffer from an inactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), you are very likely to be overweight.
The Yoga postures most likely to help an under-active thyroid are the following:
• Sarvangasana (shoulder stand)
• Matsyasana (fish pose)
Creating the perfect pH balance – creating the perfect pH balance can also be described as alkalizing the body when it has too much acid or has a low pH. When the body happens to be in this condition, it fights back by storing more fat. Too much fat obstructs veins and arteries and this interferes with the flow of blood into the heart and the heart is forced to work extra hard to uphold blood circulation. The end result of all this is usually a heart attack or arteriosclerosis.
The appropriate yoga postures that help this condition are the following:
• Janushirasana (head to knee pose)
• Paschimottanasana (seated forward bend)
Cleansing the colon – colons specialists believe that everybody has food matter lodged in their colons. The most obvious consequence of this is bloating which can at time be severe. Yoga when practiced appropriately will help in cleaning the colon safely and effectively.
Below are some of the yoga poses that will help this condition:
• Mayurasana (peacock pose)
• Nauli kriya
• Utks’epa Mudra (bellow’s pose)
• Agnisara Mudra (fire pose)
These are just a few ways on how Yoga aids in safe and effective weight loss, for more, keep reading our regular posts.