The significance of Yoga Asanas to reduce stress and weight
A lot of people complain when they come to see me the first time about how their exercising and dieting are not helping them reduce weight. We always rule out the possibility that our weight gain can be an after-effect of our stressful life. In today’s world, we can’t demand people to completely give away everything they have worked so hard for. But the city life, the constant work, and home pressure are surely building a whirlpool of stress making you bloat.
This is our attempt to help you understand how stress can be the culprit for the ever-increasing weight, how you can manage it with yoga, and also some tips if you are new to yoga. So, let’s begin our dive.
Practicing Yoga Regularly for Positivity
Personally, we all need a great deal of energy to get up from our bed and start our routine. Have you too ever felt you have no energy at all even when you have slept all night and just got up? It is because your body is lacking good energy. Yoga emphasizes a lot on understanding the difference between good energy and negative energy. Positive energy is free from anxiety, anger, frustration, and resentment. The more negative energy you store in you, you are more likely to see yourself surrounded by these negative feelings.
The kind of energy you start your day with says a lot about how your day is going to be. Every day, having a better outlook towards life and approaching things the positive way. Find some time to do yoga each day, be it evening or morning, and you will start seeing yourself freeing up your mind from everyday cluttering thoughts.
How stress causes an increase in weight?
A lot of people would have an immaculate diet and would go to the gym twice a day and not see the desired results. It is because you have forgotten one thing. Your weight loss depends a lot on how your brain is responding to all things that are happening around. Even a small change in your lifestyle can cause you to put on weight. And it would not budge even after working hard. It is because with changed lifestyle comes disbalance between your mind and body. And also increment in negative energy can be seen due to fear of uncertainty.
Work-life balance is lost and even if you are working out there is little to no change in your weight loss. Having less sleep, and overtraining too can cause you to bloat. You must calm your mind and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Stress on your body
Stress is one of the biggest enemies of the human body. It shuts down the fat burning mechanism. When your body is stressed, it automatically runs a self-protective system and starts to store whatever little you eat into fat as energy. The body also feels hungrier as your brain is triggering the appetite hormones to seek out more calories to be used later. This is the reason you find yourself raiding your refrigerator at nights for some chocolate ice-cream despite having dinner only a few hours ago.
How to kill the stress?
If you have a sedentary lifestyle, the above symptoms are going to be more prominent in you than the ones who are resorting to any kind of training. So, start by taking some time out of your busy schedule to move your body. A lot of health regimes can be used, but to get fit and release stress, nothing is better than Yoga. It is a type of bodyweight training that promotes mindfulness and flexibility in the body. It depends on individuals what type of exercise will be more beneficial. While some of the people love boxing to get all their negative energy out, some find it very aggressive and would meditate to calm down.
Also, one of the best things about yoga is that it is restorative. Which means it restores the lost balance. It is more inclined towards reducing stress and the best part of it, you can do it at the comfort of your home. It is a powerful combination to get your stress down and move your body to trigger faster fat burn.
How yoga will help you in your weight loss program?
As we said earlier, it is all about how your brain responds to your external environment. If you are stressed lately, you will see a significant increase in your body weight, without even changing your healthy lifestyle. Hence, yoga aims at multiple levels to benefit you. Here are some of which:
– It reduces stress and anxiety or anxiety-related issues.
– It helps you fight insomnia
– Your body will be more toned
– Positivity will help you fight difficult situations in life
– It promotes energy production and improved body metabolism
– In some cases, it helps in lowering blood sugar levels when combined with a healthy diet
– Promotes Serenity
– Promotes better memory with pranayama
– Increases balance, focus, and flexibility
– Instates peace of mind
– It can even help you in improving your sex life
Yoga for people with chronic diseases
A lot of other health regimes can be too intense for people with chronic diseases. For that yoga is one alternative that gently stimulates the lymphatic system, liver, kidneys, gall bladder, and other parts of the body to flush out the toxins. This process is highly recommended for people who are willing to lose their weight and want to work on their overall well-being.
How yoga helps you improve your health?
Depending on the type of yoga you practice and frequency of the exercise decides the changes you are likely to see in your body. Most of the poses will strengthen your muscles, increase flexibility, and change the energy of your body. Also, meditation or pranayama allows you to improve your focus and balance. It is one of the stress busters you can regularly practice. It helps you calm your mind.
Tips for the newbies
Yoga is very relaxing and will slowly help you gain the flexibility you need to take on daily life activities better. It reduces the risk of injuries too as it strengthens your body inside out and promotes new neural networks that help your brain function. But with that, I would always suggest you take proper training. Join classes, and understand the right way to perform every pose before starting yourself. It is the best way to ensure faster results.