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Benefits of Yoga – Benefit number two!

I’m back with another benefit today! This one is very popular.

Here’s benefit number two:

YOGA FOR WEIGHT LOSS

Losing weight is a struggle for many. Maintaining the body after weight loss is even harder. You may go on crazy diets; cut down on desserts, junk food, eat only salads and drink fresh juice all day and still see minimal change. According to a famous news article in the daily mail, the people in UK alone spent 1.8billion pounds on diet foods in 2013!!

Many young women fall prey to eating disorders like anorexia, bulimia etc. Is it even worth it? Abusing our body for a size zero? Personally I think it’s nonsense.

I’m slim myself but this is not because of crazy diets. I’ve been asked many times ‘’What’s your secret?’’ I simply say I eat whatever I want and I workout accordingly. I follow no diet and I don’t intend to either.

Yoga helps you lose weight and also strengthen your body simultaneously. Being slim alone is not enough, you must be fit too!

The most popular yoga series you can follow to lose weight would be the Surya namaskaar also known as the Sun salutation. Surya namaskaar is a set of asana that’s performed in succession. It’s an effective weight loss tool and a great warm up exercise for other physical activities as well. If you are a beginner you can start with eleven rounds of Surya namaskaar daily and slowly increase the numbers. For the intermediate level you can set your timer for 5 minutes and practice Surya namaskaar with no break till your timer goes off! For a more advanced level, set your timer for 10 minutes and do as many Surya namaskaars as possible. For example you can aim for 70 rounds in ten minutes and increase it by two with every practice.

Try it out and let me know how it worked out for you!

Do write back if you have more to add to this blog or if you have a benefit of your own that you would like to share! Feedback always welcome:)

Shwetha Seshadri: Yoga instructor, kindergarten teacher and graphic designer

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Total Yoga

Total Yoga is a balanced style of Yoga that focuses on Fitness training and Mindfulness practice equally.


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