Yoga to Lose Weight

Yoga is a great way to lose weight if practiced regularly and using the right form. It is a known stress buster, but Yoga is also one of the most effective workouts for fighting stubborn fats. Studies show that yoga lowers levels of stress hormones and increases insulin sensitivity which is a signal to your body to burn food as fuel rather than store it as fat. Yoga is considered as an effective weight loss option as it is a mixture of warm-up exercises, asanas & breathing techniques. Here are some Yoga Styles to choose from.



  • Surya Namaskar


Surya namaskar is a set of yoga aasanas done in succession. Surya Namaskar is best done early morning on an empty stomach. It has amazing weight reduction properties since it employs various forward and backward bending aasanas that flex and stretch the spinal column giving a profound stretch to the whole body. Believe it or not this is a full body workout like no other. It has a deep effect in detoxifying your internal organs through copious oxygenation and has a deeper relaxing effect.


  • Ardha Matsyendrasana


Sit on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you. Bend your knees, put your feet on the floor and then slide your left foot under your right leg. Lay the outside of the left leg on the floor. Step the right foot over the left leg and stand it on the floor outside your left hip. Pressing right hand against the floor just behind your right buttock, and set your left upper arm on the outside of your right thigh near the knee. The right knee will point directly up at the ceiling. Here, you have to exhale & turn towards the inner side of your right thigh. Remain in this position for about 30 seconds & then release. Try doing this the other way too.


  • Bridge Pose



For this, you have to lie down on your back and bend your knees in such a way that your feet rest on the floor. Now the distance between your feet & buttocks should be the same as your hands. Now, try to lift your body in the upward direction. Try doing this 5-10 times & then release. This asana gives a good massage to your thighs & lower back.


  • Utkatasana (Chair Pose)



Stand in Tadasana position. Stretch your hands up in the air. Now bend your knees and try to keep your thighs parallel with the floor in the same manner in which you sit on a chair. Stay in this position for 30 seconds and release. This will help you in reducing fat from the arms and thighs.


  • Pranayama


These yoga postures for weight loss can undeniably help in losing extra pounds and make you look slimmer. But it they are all more effective when done along with pranayama. Pranayama is a breathing exercise which involves controlling your breath.
Take a deep breath. Now close your right nostril with the thumb of the right hand. Inhale with the left nostril & exhale with the same. Try breathing with both the nostrils one by one and separately. Always inhale slowly. This helps in clearing the nasal passage. Those having breathing problems have to consult a doctor before practicing this. You can also practice anulom-vilom which means alternate breathing exercise.

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