A Few Things to Remember When Taking Up Yoga For Losing Weight


Summary: Know the mindset you require to make the best of a yoga session for weight loss and have success in imbibing positive energy.

Yoga for losing weight comes across as starkly counter intuitive to anyone who knows a little about the drills of sweating it out in order to burn calories. How can a series of breathe-easy postures that look like lying with a soft blanket propping up your body cut down the kilos around your curves just like that? Especially after watching people busting their butts in the gym for hours to get into shape, yoga looks like just one of those weight loss myths.

A room full of equipments, a heavy-handed trainer, and a few months of sweating it out to the bones, that has been the formula to drop the extra blubber so far but not so good. The overlooked effects of the process here are—lack of a self-sustained method with heavy equipment usage, no drive towards a healthy lifestyle is inculcated, and nothing done to the shame and stigma about body that is to say gym is totally hollow as far as inner health is concerned. On the other hand, with a yoga for losing weight plan you will have the complete benefits of following a self-sustaining method without stressing your body to the level of anxiety.

Here are a few things to remember for guaranteeing a good yoga experience:

Start the Practice at Any Size, Any Shape

If yoga is your calling, don’t dillydally with the starting date. The moment of motivation might just slip away and you wouldn’t even know. Make your decisions firm and immediate. While hourly yoga classes are available all over town, you might just try a more intensive program like a 200 hour yoga immersion course. Whatever it is that you shortlist, don’t ever let your “unseemly” weight condition surface as an excuse to postpone the good resolve.

Remember, appearance is only skin deep. The tire of fat around the waist, the flabby upper arms, or hanging double-chin that you want to carve into shape is not about who you are. Your identity must be separated from your existence on the surface level. This realization of soul over matter is a driving force in the yoga life. Same reason why once you enter the class, understandable anticipation of people booing the chubby one in the class will ease. Before shedding the kilos, shed that smug self-consciousness.

Commit Yourself Truly

What does it really mean to commit truly? Before counting one’s practicing hours to the credits comes the faith. You need to put your efforts in good faith in the course of action you are taking, otherwise everything comes to naught. Soulless grinding over the postures for hours on end will only be an exercise in drudgery while amping up your depth of commitment could add infinite meaning to the time you put in.

Make this a soulful exercise by starting with a mantra before rolling out the mat or consciously vowing to love and nurture instead of feeling shame or stigma about your body. Commune with others in your space of practice, spreading the same vibes of faith and goodwill. See how your body attunes to the message of harmony and acceptance rather than harshness and forceful drudgery.

Find a Flow that Suits You Best

Remember that you have a singular niche in the grand scheme of the universe. Uniqueness is as much your prerogative just like everybody else’s and it is of utmost importance that your own unique temperament is respected and matched with when you are practicing your chores of yoga. When joining a yoga class of many and adapting to the instructions of your teacher, you mustn’t lose track of your own strengths and limitations. In fact, as you go through the motions, you will rediscover your unique potentials all the more. That is exactly when you need to fix your own rhythm of flowing from one posture to the next. Make sure to push out of your limitations but nevertheless don’t try to outdo your body pushing to the level of anxiety.

If excess weight has been a major issue with you for a long time, it is likely that accompanying physical dysfunctional syndromes are part of the package. That is why, it is advisable to consult your doctor about what-not-to-do before you roll out the mat and get into practice.

Realize the Pitfalls of Unhealthy Living

Investigating into the cause f obesity gives out surprising answers. While the primary cause of accumulating fat has to be unchecked consumption and a low metabolism, it could be stress and depression that have been driving you to unhealthy practices. A ravenous appetite, binge drinking, and sedentary lifestyle are the main enemies that you would be dealing with when fighting weight loss. Therefore, when you enter the studio, be careful to pick up that positive energy, and make a conscious choice of a healthier and more active life.

Toss in a balanced diet based on vegetables and fruits with the yoga for active cleansing of your internals, and you will be greeting a new you sans the weight problem in no time!

Author: Manmohan Singh

Manmohan Singh is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveler in India. He provides yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India. He loves writing and reading the books related to yoga, health, nature and the Himalayas. His strong connection with Yoga and the Himalayas has made him organize yoga, meditation and Ayurveda tours, and retreats in the Himalayas. For More Information about him Visit His Home Page Here


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