12 Feb Does yoga make you lose weight?
Obesity is emerging as a silent pandemic. Corpulence leads to diabetes, hypertension, elevated cholesterol levels, High B. P., and impaired glucose tolerance.
In 2016 a National Family Health Survey (NFHS) showed that approximately 21% of Indian women and 19% of Indian men between the age group of 15 to 49 are weighty. Also, obesity in children is becoming a common household concern.
Childhood obesity is a forerunner to metabolic syndrome and poor physical health. Few serious potential side effects of childhood obesity, including insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease which are on the rise.
Yoga offers holistic health solutions. Yoga is an erudite tradition dating back to the Vedic period. It is a tool for self-development and health is a byproduct. It is a holistic approach where the physical, psychological and spiritual aspects are taken care of.
Yoga Guru Smt. Hansaji gives in important pointers for effective weight loss- “Yoga enables sustainable weight loss in several ways. It is a way of life, and when combined with aharveda nutritional guidance, it is a highly effective tool for weight loss.
Yoga is often understood as the physical practice of just asanas, whereas it actually includes all aspects of lifestyle including sattvik diet, bhavas and attitude training, informed choices about changes in lifestyle and spiritual preparation.
Regular practice of yoga helps to turn your attention inward, and practitioner learns about duties, aharveda, fitness through asana, pranayamas, meditation and the Institute pioneered Nishpanda bhava, Partipaksh Bhavana for consciousness progress.
The practitioner with enough practice and guidance is empowered with relevant skills. A sense of physical, psychological and emotional realities become less influenced by the external forces of modern lifestyle and culture. Practitioners become more secure with a cleansed internal value system.
The practice of aharveda, yoga and meditation have been found to improve mindfulness during meals aiding awareness of portions sizes, food preparation, and chewing food properly. These are an essential tool for effective weight loss.”
The principle of aharveda and yoga in combination can help in sustainable weight loss.
‘Ahar’ means food and ‘Vedas’ come from our ancient scriptures. Through the Aharveda wisdom, we combine the age-old doctrines of wellness and emphasize centric food science as practised in ancient India for decades creating tasty yet healthy experiences in food.
Taking a cue from the Aharveda, the Institute kitchen has been preserving nutritional values and serving sattvik meals for more than a hundred years. Sattvik meals prepare anyone to fight today’s stress levels and lifestyle ailments. Additionally, it boosts the energy levels, a well-balanced body infuses a healthy and positive mindset. Our vision is the prevention of ailments, systematic cleansing of the body, well-balanced diet in our daily meals.
Get active with Yoga is a way of life. Few- Yoga Asanas done daily for 10 to 15 minutes is enough to get you in shape and leave you energetic throughout the day. The Yoga Institute is a pioneer in asanas with correct breathing and bhavas that makes all the difference.
Recommended yoga poses include- all forward bending asanas especially because we tend accumulate fat more in our midsection and increase the waistline. This is due to the fact that we tend to lead a sedentary lifestyle at our desk jobs or being couch potatoes at home.
- Konasana I, II, III
Diet plays a crucial role in weight loss
We recommend lots of fresh local and seasonal fruits. Daily nimbu pani or lemon juice, vegetable juices, whole grains, root vegetables sweet, potato, yams, arbi, rajgira, singhada atta etc. Include all kinds of nuts and dry fruits but ensure eat only a handful each day.
Few practical daily routines and diet tips
—Do not skip breakfast
—Exercise portion control
—Eat every four hours and only when hungry
—Regularise meal time– Fix your breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner time. Stick to the same routine
—Switch of distractions –like turn off Social Media, WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook etc. and eat with awareness & relish the food you eat.
—Hydrate well every day. There should be an intake of 12 glasses of liquid daily.
—Chew your food properly and eat slowly.
—Stop storing junk and processed foods at home. (All types of food packets where you just have to add boiling water etc.)
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