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YOGA FOR WEIGHTLOSS - Think yoga is just for relaxing the mind and spirit? Think again!

YOGA FOR WEIGHTLOSS - Think yoga is just for relaxing the mind and spirit? Think again!

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Yoga is best known for increasing flexibility and lowering stress, but yoga can also be used for weight loss. Deep breaths and fluid movements will increase lung capacity and endurance, speed metabolism and improve digestion. Poses, also know as asanas, will tone and sculpt your total body while increasing blood flow and lengthening your muscles and ligaments.
Yoga is best known for increasing flexibility and lowering stress, but yoga can also be used for weight loss. Deep breaths and fluid movements will increase lung capacity and endurance, speed metabolism and improve digestion. Poses, also know as asanas, will tone and sculpt your total body while increasing blood flow and lengthening your muscles and ligaments.

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FEBRUARY 2012
MY
 WORKOUT
YOGA
FOR
WEIGHT
LOSS 
Think yoga is just forrelaxing the mind andspirit? Think again!
 
By Koya Webb
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oga is best known for
increasing exibilityand lowering stress,but yoga can also beused for weight loss.Deep breaths and uid move
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ments will increase lung capacityand endurance, speed metabolismand improve digestion. Poses,also know as asanas, will tone andsculpt your total body while in
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creasing blood ow and lengthen
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ing your muscles and ligaments.My ‘Yoga for Weight Loss’ work 
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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
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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.
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Home/Center Stance:
Standing
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.
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Forward Fold:
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.
Photography:
James Patrick,www.jamespatrick.com
Gym:
Lifetime Fitness,Scottsdale, Arizona
 Apparel on ladies:
ElisabettaRogiani, www.rogiani.com
 
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Downward Facing Dog:
 
Come to your hands and knees with wristsunder shoulders and knees under hips. Curl toes under and push back,raising the hips and straightening the legs. Spread ngers and relax yourhead as you move shoulder blades and ears towards your hips. Press heelsto oor and exhale as you bring belly button inward to atten stomach.
4
Plank:
 
Come into a
pushup position and
draw torso forward untilthe shoulders are overthe wrists and the wholebody is in one straightline. Press down intothe heels while keepingshoulders over wrists.
5
Side Planks:
From plank, shiftweight onto your left arm as youroll onto the outside of your left foot.Keeping both feet exed, stack theright foot on top of the left with thelegs straight. Bring the right arm up tothe ceiling. And turn head up to gazeat your ngertips.
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Chair:
Stand in center stance.Inhale and raise your arms aboveyour head keeping palms inward.Exhale and bend knees so thighs areas parallel to the oor as you can getthem without letting your knees owover toes. Lean torso back slightlyso you form a right angle with yourbody. Keep arms beside ears. Slowlystraighten knees and relax arms tostanding pose.
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Knee to Nose:
Come into pushup
position and draw torso forward
until the shoulders are over the wristsand the whole body is in one straightline. Press down into the heels whilekeeping shoulders over wrists. Round
back and bring right knee towards
nose. Hold and repeat on oppositeside. Do ve reps for each leg.
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Crescent Kick:
 Stand in
center stance. Step left footback behind you with feet slightlyfurther than shoulder distanceapart. Bring sts to waist asyou lift back foot and bring kneetowards chest and extend in frontof you (if you have good balance).
Return to center stance and repeat
on opposite side.
 Yoga has been practiced or more than 5,000 years and currently 11 million Americans are enjoying the health benefts. Yoga is now a liestyle choice orthose looking or better overall health and vitality.

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