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Yoga For Weight Loss

by Robert Baird


Obesity is a necessary evil that has gripped modern society and it has several adverse affects on the body and is capable of causing life threatening diseases like cancer and diabetes and high blood pressure. Therefore, the primary agenda of the overweight individuals is to lose weight and at present there are scores of weight loss products available in the market like diet pills, diet foods and drinks etc. and they are marketed so well that most people lured by the prospect of having quick weight loss indulge into investing on these products. But extensive research has revealed that most of these products are absolutely inefficient in causing effective weight loss and in fact some of them are even capable of causing harm to the body. Thus it is always better to follow a balanced diet low in calorie and this is aided by a strict exercising regimen and can be supplemented by some other weight loss techniques. Yoga is a very effective means of losing weight and not only does it aid in regaining the physical posture it allows equal enhancement of the mental and emotional aspects of a person. Therefore it is able to address the issues of obesity far more effectively than many other weight loss programs. It ensures a positive impact on the body and the soul and is one of the very few weight loss programs which have no negative effects on the body and its organs. This is because yoga takes into account the fact that apart from excess consumption of food, excess fat accumulation in the body can also be a result of various other psychological factors like anxiety, depression and frustration.

There are several means by which yoga can aid weight loss. It consists of various exercise regimens like the ‘sun salutation' which is very beneficial for the peace of mind and for the lungs as well and 24 sun salutations in a day at the rate of 4 rounds in a minute need to be followed for best results. The yoga is abundant in several ‘asanas' which are extremely important for allowing the loss of body weight and fat burning near the arms and legs are facilitated by the swinging lotus pose, tree pose, hero pose etc. the ‘pranayama' is extremely popular as it is extremely useful for energy management and such fast breathing techniques are useful for the obese individuals as well. Along with these, a healthy diet is a pre-requisite.

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