Yoga Poses for Losing Weight

December 7, 2008 by  
Filed under featured, Yoga and Fitness

Practicing yoga regularly offers numerous benefits including relaxing your mind and body, strengthening your muscles and organs, reducing stress as well as improving your mental and your physical well-being. One of the more popular reasons why many people are beginning to practice yoga would be its effectiveness in helping to lose weight.

Losing weight through yoga could depend on what type of yoga you practice. Some of the types of yoga that are recommended for weight loss would include: Ashtanga Yoga, Power Yoga and Hot Yoga. There are also some yoga poses that have been proven to help in losing weight more efficiently. Here are some of them.

1. The Dancer’s Pose

Start in the Mountain pose. Bend your right leg slowly behind you and then grab the inner portion of your right foot. Extend your left arm overhead and then bend forward up until your torso is parallel along the floor. Raise your right leg behind as high you can as you maintain your balance. Hold the position for a few breaths and then repeat on the opposite side.

2. The Chair Pose

Stretch your arms overhead and then bend your knees to a 90-degree angle. While in this squatting position, maintain the length on your back and your neck. Hold the position for 30 seconds and then release to the Mountain pose.

3. The Reverse Warrior Pose

Begin by positioning your feet apart. Slowly raise your arms to the sides. Your ankles should be underneath your wrists. Curve your left foot slightly inwards and your right foot outwards. Bend your right leg to a 90-degree angle, while keeping your left leg straight. Slide your left hand down your left leg and toward your ankle. Raise your right arm overhead and then bend back as you gaze at your fingertips. Hold the position for a few breaths and repeat on your opposite leg.

4. The Downward Facing Dog Pose

Start on all fours and position your hands under your shoulders. Lift your hips and lengthen through your spine and straighten your legs.

5. The Opposite Arm Extension Pose

Starting in the tabletop position, slowly lift your right arm and then extend it forward. Follow by raising your left leg and extending it back. Hold the position for three breaths. This move can actually strengthen your abs, back, legs, hips and buttocks, which are areas prone to cellulite. Repeat thrice on each side.

Keep in mind, though, that although these positions may help you in losing weight through yoga, it would still be advisable help to make sure that you have good eating habits by eating a proper diet. With a good combination of these, you would surely be able to shed more pounds easily and healthily.

Beginners Guide to Yoga

November 25, 2008 by  
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Yoga has gained a lot of popularity over the past couple of years and will continue to get more in the years to come. You might have already started yoga classes yourself and if you have done so, you are on the right path and it is a great decision you have made. Yoga will not only keep you in good shape, but it will also prevent various complications and improve your mental health.

To practice yoga, you might want to consider subscribing yourself to yoga classes in your area because it is definitely one of the best way to start. In beginner’s classes, you will be taught all of the basics of yoga including postures. If you are willing and interested in learning yoga by yourself, please know that there are some good books and e-books on the subject. There are even beginner’s yoga videos available to assist  you and get you started.  It is important to get the basics right at first when doing yoga, so if you decide to go and learn by yourself you must not go into complex yoga practices at first.

Saluting sun and moon is one of the first thing that will learn as a beginner in yoga.  After that, you will want to learn relaxation exercises and also some interesting and important breathing techniques. Breathing is extremely important in yoga.

You will eventually start learning asanas that can be performed easily and you will also learn yoga postures of crouching and stooping.

You will notice when starting yoga and doing it for the first time that the first movements you will learn have the only goal of enhancing body flexibility. Then, more complex and difficult yoga practices will come as you acquire the required flexibility and tolerance.  It is also important to know the basic body balance postures when doing yoga, so it is also part of the various other basic positions you will learn in beginner’s yoga sessions.

Beginner’s yoga is basically just for people to get comfortable with yoga. Once you feel comfortable enough, you can go ahead with more complex genres of yoga and take classes according to that. It is normal to feel discomfort when doing yoga at first, but don’t let that discourage you. Keep going and you will soon notice all the benefits.

Yoga breathing to beat the stress

November 24, 2008 by  
Filed under featured, Yoga Tips

In today’s world, we all have a lot on our minds and we often feel overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. Whatever your reasons are to feel this way, fear and anxiety eventually leads to stress and it’s hard to be at your best under constant stress and pressure. Stress plays a big role in your general health, so it is extremely important to relax. By knowing this, why not learn today how to recognize and manage your stress levels so that you can go ahead in life and achieve your goals?

One way of doing so, is by the proactive of Yogic breathing exercises. These exercises offer you a way to manage your anxieties and live a more balanced live. A lot of Yoga students report the benefits of using the yoga breathing exercises when they feel overwhelmed or stress. This can be particularly useful for them in extreme stress situations like an exam. This can also be useful to you in your everyday life, before a supervision by your team manager or a meeting with new people.

You breath really is the essence of yoga as it’s your connection to life. This is an essential step into establishing control and balance over your emotions so you can get more out of your life.

The core of yoga is built on breathing practices called pranayama. If you want to reduce your stress levels, it is important you learn how to breath correctly and yoga can help you achieve that. The following yoga breathing exercises are among the most effective one and should bring you maximum benefit in releasing stress and tension. You don’t need any particular skill to practice them, they are fairly simple and can be practiced at any time of the day.

Diaphragmatic Breathing

This one can be practiced by lying down on your back(comfortable surface of course), sitting on a chair or even standing up and that’s why it makes that method easy to practice at any time. First, place one hand on your upper chest and the other hand on your belly. It is important to relax your belly and chest and keep your mouth closed for this technique to work properly so that you breathe in through the nose and feel your belly rising up, then the ribcage and finally the upper chest.  It is advised to practice around five to seven rounds of this exercise before opening your eyes. Then, be still for a few moments and then you’re ready to re-engage with your day!

Watch The Breath

While sitting comfortably, close your eyes and become aware of how you are breathing. It is important not to change the way or the speed at which you breathe, but to just be aware of the movement of air going through your nose. Then, allow your breath stabilize and continue to listen to your breath breath for a couple of minutes

It is more than natural to lose concentration with this exercise. It is totally normal, so simply start over again when this happen.

Lion Roar

To perform that one, you are free to either sit or stand, but scrunch your face up. Open your eyes, open your mouth, look upwards, stretch out your tongue and finalloy just roar like a lion! We don’t recommend this one at work, but repeat until you feel powerful, calm and under control.