Think yoga is just forrelaxing the mind andspirit? Think again!
By Koya Webb
oga is best known for
increasing exibilityand lowering stress,but yoga can also beused for weight loss.Deep breaths and uid move
ments will increase lung capacityand endurance, speed metabolismand improve digestion. Poses,also know as asanas, will tone andsculpt your total body while in
creasing blood ow and lengthen
ing your muscles and ligaments.My ‘Yoga for Weight Loss’ work
out should be performed at leastthree times per week (every otherday) for best results. Each poseshould be held for three to vedeep breaths, inhaling and exhal
ing through the nose to build bodyheat. There should be no rest inbetween poses. Beginners should
start with three breaths and one
round of the 10 poses. Athletes of a more advanced practice will holdposes for ve or more breaths andcomplete up to ve rounds, savingthe resting pose until the end of all rounds.
with both feet touching from heel tobig toe, bring hands to the center of yourchest. Close your eyes and let your headrelax downward as you start to take threebreaths. Keep back straight and shoulderblades pressed back and down.
With feet togetherand chest folded toward the knees,inhale as you lengthen up and throughyour hamstrings, exhale as you attenyour stomach and bring your belly buttonto your spine as you release your head,neck and shoulders towards the ground.
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