Six Ways Yoga Can Help You Lose Weight_Featured_, Exercise Tuesday, August 28th, 2012
(NaturalNews) Hatha yoga, the yoga of physical postures and poses known as asanas, has caught on so much in the U.S. that it’s difficult to find a town that doesn’t have a yoga training studio.
In case your town is behind the times and you’re interested in pursuing yoga for health and mental/emotional equanimity, there are online courses.
Yoga is basically non-aerobic, and unlike strength training, no-pain, no-gain doesn’t apply here. That doesn’t mean it’s effortless. It takes work to get into postures, but one doesn’t tear muscles and ligaments getting into them. Repeated practice with postures and stretches will get you where you should eventually be.
There are even devices or methods of using chairs and walls to help with early struggles with positions due to physical limitations from injury or old age.
In addition to gaining flexibility, natural strength, and good health, yoga can help you lose weight. Various internal organs are strengthened with hatha yoga that promote sustainable natural, gradual weight loss. Especially assured if you eat properly according to yogic principles.
Six ways yoga helps you lose weight
(1) Activate the thyroid gland with the shoulder stand. A famous yogi once said not everyone will benefit from the head stand. But everyone benefits from the shoulder stand. It is an inverted pose that’s easier to perform than a headstand and promotes thyroid activity. (Shoulder stand illustration in source 3 below)
(2) Stimulate the gastrointestinal (GI) tract’s vital force. A GI tract that is damaged or weak is a primary obstacle to poor digestion and weight gain. A sluggish liver will mess up your metabolism and digestion. An active liver helps you digest foods better and helps eliminate cravings that lead to ingesting unhealthy foods and beverages.
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