Namaste the Weight Away
Looking for a rewarding exercise regimen that will help you stay healthy and lose weight? There are plenty of different exercise programs out there that can support your weight loss goals, but one type of exercise can help your mind just as much as your body. That’s right: yoga.
Yoga has been a popular exercise for centuries. With its roots in the ancient east, the exercise has long developed a reputation for being just as important for the mind as it is for the body. The basic principles behind yoga is that it pushes the body to engage in a series of movements and stretches that are specifically designed to help reduce tension and alleviate pain. As a result, yoga is looked at as a great exercise option for stress relief, pain management, improved flexibility, and yes–weight loss.
Posing for Weight Loss
Yoga is built around a series of asanas, which is a sanskriit word for poses. The idea is that there are certain poses that require the body to flex in a particular way, and the movement between those poses helps to alleviate tension and supports optimal health.
Some of these poses are particularly good to support weight loss, as they really push the body with strength training in addition to being optimal yoga poses. These poses stretch and activate muscles, causing you to burn calories as you practice.
Here is a rundown of a few of the best poses for weight loss:
- Wide-legged forward bend: This is a simple pose for beginners. To do this pose, stand on a yoga mat or other flat surface and place your feet just beyond shoulder width apart. Then, slowly bend forward at the hips and extend your hands over your back until your head is as far between your ankles as you can manage. Then, hold the pose. This is a great stretch for your back, legs and arms.
- Lunge: This is a common pose practiced in many different types of exercise programs. To engage in this pose, stand with your feet together and then step forward with one foot. Bend the knee on the forward placed foot until it is at a 90 degree angle and then bring the other knee to the floor. Stretch your arms over your head. This will be especially felt in the thighs.
When you are ready to get started, consider trying a yoga class. This is a great way to get guidance and feedback from a professional yoga instructor as you are trying to lose weight after weight loss surgery.