Centuries ago, a mental, physical and spiritual practice came into being. Christened ‘Yoga’, this miraculous discipline has completely transformed the way people look at fitness of mind, body and spirit. Though it came into being hundreds of years ago, different types of Yoga are now popular all over the world for the innumerable benefits it has to offer. Not only does it transform your body, but at the same time, also helps you achieve an all-round and holistic state of mind.
Nowadays, Yoga is being increasingly used as a healthy way to lose weight. All the asanas below target certain areas of your body and will help you get that perfect ten figure.
Here are some yoga asanas for the perfect figure
1. The Utkatasana or the Chair pose:
The Utkatasana or the Chair pose is a variation of the squat. You raise your hands and try to position yourself as if being seated on an imaginary chair. Stay in this position for 30 seconds and return back to your normal state.
Areas targeted: Arms and Thighs
2. Setu Bandh or Bridge Pose
In this pose, you lie on your back and raise your glutes in a way that your feet are still placed firmly on the ground. You should then try and raise your body upwards but without lifting your hands. It should be done 5-10 times.
Areas Targeted: Thighs and Lower back
3. Nauka Chalan or Boat Pose:
In this pose, you sit down on the floor and place your hands beside your body. Slowly lift up your legs straight up in the air, without bending them. You have to move your body forward as you lift your legs.
Areas Targeted: Abs and the back. Excellent alternative for those who dread crunches
Vakrasana is again a seated position asana. You keep your right arm on your left hand on your left knee. Slowly twist your body towards your right and feel the burn on your sides.
Areas Targeted: Those dreaded muffin tops
5. Uttanasana or Forward bending pose:
As the name suggests, you are to bend forward in this position and place your palms flat on the floor. This asana may be a little difficult at first but with practice you will be able to bend fully and place your palms on the floor.
Areas Targeted: Hamstrings and Abs
6. Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation:
This is one of the most popular asanas of all time. It is a set of asanas which are done at one time. This set is extremely effective in losing weight and increasing the flexibility of the body. Each and every asana in Surya Namaskar targets specific muscles and tones them. Doing them regularly not only helps you to become fit, but also assists you in achieving mental peace and calm.
Areas Targeted: Whole body.
The image below shows the breakdown of the various poses in Surya Namaskar. It is advisable to go slow with each asana as a newbie may find a few of them difficult to incorporate. Surya Namaskar is best done in the mornings as it rejuvenates you and prepares you for a new day.
Yoga as a whole is an excellent way to keep your mind and body fit. Even if you don’t have hours to practice these, devoting a couple of minutes to the day can help you feel a world of a difference.