It’s difficult for anyone to predict how soon or how long yoga will take to bring about a gleam in your eyes, more muscle in your arms or an overall slimmer you. True, yoga is a science and is therefore empirical in nature, but this does not mean that anyone performing yoga exercises each day is doing so knowing that he or she will lose weight by the 21st day or 28th day of getting on to yoga.
This is because each person is made differently and so he or she responds in varying amounts to the same stimulus, i.e. yoga. So, shaping up with yoga is a very individual thing. However, anyone doing a 45-minute yoga workout six days a week will see small changes in himself within the first three weeks.
How Yoga Helps
These changes could be good posture which really means carrying oneself better with one’s spine aligned to the body. Other visible changes could also include better breathing, sleeping better and being more at peace, also more tolerant of others. These changes are big steps in the direction of your ultimate goal–to lose weight and own a shapely body. So, to get the most out of yoga, the secret is to be persevering until you reach your goal. If you have friends who are into yoga, they will tell you that once you begin to reap the benefits of yoga, you make it a part of your life, for life.
When yoga and meditation are done each day, the combined effect of these on the mind are undeniable. You are calmer, more patient, optimistic and overall a sunshine person. Over time, if you continue to have the same enthusiasm for yoga as when you began, you will learn each asana perfectly and execute it equally well for best results. As you perhaps know, each exercise comes to you with several benefits, health, emotional and mental. And when you get into shape, you shouldn’t restrict your shapeliness to having a size zero figure, but extend it to growing your mind and improving your demeanour.
Effective Yoga Exercises For Weight Loss
There are several yoga exercises that target specific parts of your body and give good results when done well and in a sustained manner. For example, Surya Namaskar or the Sun Salutation is a wonderful exercise that has proved to be beneficial for all parts of the body. It not only calms the mind, but helps you lose weight, increases your flexibility, regulates your blood flow, stimulates hair growth and reduces restlessness, among others.
Other equally effective yoga exercises that will help you get the figure of your dreams are Bhujangasana (Cobra pose), Trikonasana (Triangle Pose), Tadasana (Mountain Pose), Setu Bandh (Bridge Pose) and Dhanurasana (Bow Pose).
Another important aspect of using yoga as a means to lose weight alone is undermining the greatness of this ancient science. If you use it strictly to lose weight, you’re really narrowing down its effectiveness instead of seeing it as a means of connecting with your body and teaching you to respect it. Over the next few weeks or months, this new learning will influence your lifestyle and lead you to make the requisite changes for a fitter and more confident you.
Frequency of Yoga Exercises
To achieve the results you so eagerly await, it’s recommended to do yoga exercises about four to five days a week. However, yoga alone isn’t enough. One should also eat mindfully, though care should be taken not to under eat in your quest for an hourglass figure.
Lastly, yoga is also good for cardiovascular health. After all, who wants a beautiful body, but an unhealthy heart?