Six ways yoga helps you lose weight

1)  Activate the thyroid gland with the shoulder stand. A famous yogi once said not everyone will benefit from the head stand. But everyone benefits from the shoulder stand. It is an inverted pose that’s easier to perform than a headstand and promotes thyroid activity. (Shoulder stand illustration in source 3 below)

2) Stimulate the gastrointestinal (GI) tract’s vital force. A GI tract that is damaged or weak is a primary obstacle to poor digestion and weight again. A sluggish liver will mess up your metabolism and digestion. An active liver helps you digest foods better and helps eliminate cravings that lead to ingesting unhealthy foods and beverages.

Yoga back bending exercises handles the whole abdominal area in addition to flexing the spinal cord to create more overall flexibility and proper alignment. (Illustrations in source 3 below)

3) Activate internal body heat and increase heart rate with the sun salutation. This routine done quickly is an exception to the non-aerobic rule. Not everyone uses it. There are 12 different positions to go through in a series without sustaining any of the poses if you want that heart rate to go up.

All 12 are considered one series, and usually several series are done with short standing pauses between each. These stops and starts pump up the cardio system without straining your heart and stressing or beating up your kneed and ankles.

See a sun salutation animated illustration at the bottom of the standing exercise section here: (http://www.abc-of-yoga.com/info/standing-poses.asp)

4) Natural strength building by working your muscles with balancing poses helps create better metabolism with overall muscular strength without pumping iron.

There are balancing poses that work several muscles at once in yoga shown here: ( http://www.mindbodygreen.com)

There are standing poses that create a similar effect but are easier for beginners. See the standing poses illustrated in source 3 below.

5) Flexing the colon will help unclog waste. This can be achieved with bandhas, which can even be done in the car during a traffic jam, and demonstrated here: (http://www.mindbodygreen.com). Bandhas help tone abs too.

6) The corpse pose is the most underrated and misunderstood all postures. It’s the final pose of any hatha yoga session. It looks easy, but it’s a challenge because it requires you learn to relax every muscle in your body, aligning your sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.

A properly done corpse pose opens chi energy channels to cure ailments and relieve the anxiety/tension that invites “comfort food” binging. Corpse pose is thoroughly explained in Source 4 below.

Learn more:

http://www.naturalnews.com/036917_yoga_weight_loss_thyroid_gland.html#ixzz28HsZQJlp

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