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Yoga As An Aid To Weight LossWritten by Roy Thomsitt
Yoga is wonderful for nurturing a state of mental and physical well being . It promotes a balanced and healthy lifestyle, and yoga techniques can be applied also to removing excess weight, thus bringing you an extra benefit, that is if being overweight is a problem to you.
Practicing yoga will increase your metabolism. An increased metabolism leads to an increase in calorie burning process, so combining yoga with a calorie burning program may bring you excellent results. Of course, use of yoga is no rapid weight loss method. Used over a period of time, though, it can bring good results. If you keep to rigours imposed by yoga discipline, you should gain a holistic, long term solution to balance your life style and help you reduce and prevent any surplus weight. In addition to losing weight, you will also experience an increased ability to concentrate and focus, higher resistance to stress factors, and overall a healthier way of life.
Let me just explain a little more about how yoga will benefit you. Your metabolism is regulated by thyroid, a component of endocrine system. The thyroid is responsible for chemical processes in your body that transform food into energy. Yoga uses a series of twisting poses that stimulate work flow of internal organs, thus boosting metabolism. This in turn burns more calories, and reduces your body weight. Improved local blood circulation is another direct effect of use of yoga postures, which leads to a healthier, more energetic body. When calorie intake is lower than calorie output, your body will start burning fat cells to acquire necessary energy. A perfectly healthy and strong metabolism takes this process even further, and you may well see better results than traditional weight loss formulas.
To stimulate metabolism, various back bends and forward bends are used. Poses that affect neck area, where thyroid gland is situated, are particularly helpful if weight problem is caused by a hormonal imbalance. These poses can be those of camel, rabbit, plow, bridge and shoulder stand. Moving quickly between a series of poses can accelerate process. To those who are well overweight, some of bends may prove to be a difficult. If you fall into that category, don't despair. You should gradually increase difficulty of postures until you have confidence to go to more complex exercises. This is not a test or a competition; you need to be relaxed and at ease, and just do what you can. Each time, you will probably find it that much easier, and you can do a little more.