Butterfly Pose Helps to Open Hips & Relieve Stress

By Patricia | January 29, 2009
Butterfly Pose For Weight Loss

Does Sitting In Butterfly Position Burn Calories?

Unfortunately, sitting in the butterfly position (Titali Asana) does not help burn calories and your source of information has misguided you. To a large extent it would be true to state that no single Yoga practice delivers any desired results. Whatever you are looking to achieve, you will have to practise a set of techniques for it. But, done in combination with several other practices, sitting in a butterfly position will, eventually, help you burn calories in the region of the hips, waist, thighs and calves.

Ideally, to burn calories you will have to get up on your toes and work for it; which isn’t horribly hard to achieve. By this we mean that you would need to take up the practice of yoga as a discipline, of which the butterfly pose (Titali Asana) is just one miniscule, yet very important part. It is very good to think in terms of burning calories, because excess calories means excess weight and this is just an encumbrance on your movements, first physically, and emotionally as well. More importantly obesity or excess weight can pose serious health hazards. So, go right ahead and burn those extra calories. Unfortunately, you haven’t mentioned your age, gender and health status, so it would be impossible to guide you accurately. In the absence of any debilitating disease or health condition and injuries however, you would be well advised to practice Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations) and all the asanas (Yoga poses) in the following positions:

  • Sitting (of which the butterfly pose is one vital ingredient)
  • Standing
  • Supine (lying on the back)
  • Prone (lying on the belly)
  • Inverted and
  • Balancing

As far as pranayamas (breathing exercises) go you should start with Kapalabhatti (Skull cleansing) and then practise Anuloma-Viloma (Alternate nostril breathing) for a while. After a few months – under the guidance of a trained and experienced Yoga instructor – you may add Bhastrika (Bellows breath) and Suryabhedana (Right nostril breathing) to your list.

In addition to these, you would be well advised to practise certain Kriyas (cleansing techniques). These help rid the body of toxins and excess fat. There are six in number – called Bhatti, Neti, Dhauti, Basti, Nauli and Trataka – of which only two are recommended for you: Kapalabhatti (Skull cleansing) and Vaman Dhauti. The latter consists of vomiting clean, pure water on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. This is known to deliver miraculous results in ridding the body of toxins and shedding excess weight.

Finally, you should pay close attention to your diet. We strongly recommend a Yoga diet that is Sattvic (pure and simple), predominantly vegetarian and free of excess spices and fat. This consists of plenty of juicy fruit, salads, dried fruits, soups and greens. In combination with all these, the butterfly pose (Titali Asana) is bound to deliver the desired results.

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