Yoga Exercises For Weight Loss

(August 12, 2011)

I am of 25 female wants to reduce. I have my lower part of body (hips thighs)more heavy than shoulders and arms. Please suggest me some yoga excise to reduce fat from my lower abdomen, hips and thighs.

Reduce Thighs And Hips With Yoga

The accumulation of fat in the areas of the hips, thighs, and waist is quite common among women. Although the fat in these areas can be quite stubborn, you can get rid of them by practicing yoga postures. An effective yoga posture you could practice to reduce fat in the lower abdomen is Marjariasana (Cat Pose). The Cat Pose is a good stretching pose that tones and tightens the muscles of the abdomen. It is also very effective in reducing the fat in the waist area. Shalabhasana (Locust Pose) is another good posture for belly fat.

To perform this pose, you should lie down on your stomach and extend your legs and arms as much as possible. Let your legs, head, and chest be lifted up simultaneously and remain in this position for around 2 to 5 seconds.

Some of the good postures you could practice to reduce thigh fat are

Submitted by R J on August 12, 2011 at 01:22

How effective is yoga for weight loss?

Yoga is a form of physical and mental exercise that is used to make the body function as efficiently as possible. Yoga is effective for weight loss when one performs yoga in a more aggressive manner. Generally speaking, yoga positions are performed slowly with a focus on accuracy. However, there are some forms of yoga that focus on quick movements that seek to burn energy. Weight loss can only be achieved when the body burns more energy than the energy present in food that is consumed. Therefore, one can say that yoga is effective for weight loss to a certain extent.

People who wish to use yoga for weight loss must be familiar with the different poses and the working of yoga. This is necessary to ensure that individuals do not over stretch or twist the body. It is important to first learn balance and control before one seeks to burn energy. Some forms of yoga like power yoga and Bikram hot yoga are used for weight loss as these methods encourage the body to lose calories. It must be said that most traditional yoga techniques are focused entirely on mental and physical balance in terms of accuracy of position rather than energy burning and subsequent weight loss.

Submitted by S C on July 8, 2011 at 12:46

Hot Yoga Vs Power Yoga - Which Is Better For Weight Loss?

Yoga is fast becoming one of the most widely used methods of weight loss. There are a lot of people all over the world opting for yoga in order to lose weight as they recognize the advantages of the holistic practice in an improvement of the overall quality of their lives. However, because of the fact that there are so many different types of yoga – someone new to the discipline is likely to get a little confused about which form of yoga is best for the goal to be achieved.

When it comes to weight loss, power yoga is known to be one of the most effective methods of yoga because it requires the poses to be performed at a rather high speed. This therefore gives the body an effective workout. Considering hot yoga is performed in a very hot environment – thereby prompting the burning of calories by environmental conditions as well, this is also a very powerful method of weight loss. Deciding on which one is better, though, is more of a personal choice depending on personal preferences and the speed at which you can perform the power yoga techniques. However, it is important to make sure that you avoid performing power yoga unless your body is flexible enough to handle the strain or muscle injury which is a very likely possibility.

Submitted by s s on July 8, 2011 at 12:40

Is Yoga Good For Weight Loss?

Yoga is an ancient form of exercise developed in medieval India. The art of yoga is learnt over a period of years, further allowing you to develop your skill as time goes by. Is yoga good for weight loss?  There are a number of studies that have been carried out to prove that yoga is an excellent method of losing weight. Through the practice of yoga, one is able to exercise every muscle of the body, while ensuring that the body is well supplied with oxygen for the burning of fat. This is done through the process of correct breathing techniques that are learnt simultaneously.

The best thing about making use of yoga techniques for the loss of weight is that they not only help you to better your health without tiring you out, but also help in achieving a sense of relaxation while you are exercising. Weight gain is highly dependant on stress levels, and it has been noticed that people tend to consume a larger amount of food when they are mentally stressed. Freeing yourself from stress through the art of yoga will help in lowering the intake of food. Daily practice of yoga will soon become a routine part of living and will help in reducing body weight as well as in keeping you mentally sound.

Submitted by A V on July 8, 2011 at 12:36

What Is Effective For Weight Loss?? Yoga Or Aerobics?

Weight loss is one of the most common problems faced by a number of people from all over the world. Gaining weight is relatively easier than trying to get rid of it, and it requires a lot of dedication and regulated eating habits in order to do so. A large number of people feel that yoga is one of the best ways to lose weight, while other feel that aerobic is the answer to their weight loss problems. As a matter of fact, both these techniques of exercise have their own advantages when it comes to losing weight. People with high energy levels feel that they need to burn off their weight through rigorous programs of exercise as advised by aerobics instructors. On the other hand, people could use the more relaxed approach to weight loss through yoga. Yoga involves the use of breathing techniques and correct posture to exercise every part of the body, thereby ensuring that the mind and the body work as one unit. To answer the question “What is effective for weight loss? Yoga or aerobics?”, would be rather difficult, keeping in mind the fact that both these techniques of exercise are made us of for complete fitness, in spite of the fact that they have a different approach to the same.

Submitted by C D on July 8, 2011 at 12:30

Yoga For Thighs And Hips Reduction

Despite the fact that Yoga is a discipline that has been around for ages, it has only recently come into prominence after decades of being overshadowed by chemical based western medicine. However, Yoga is considered to be a holistic method of improvement of ones lifestyle as well as being. While the simpler yoga movements and poses are rather easy to perform, it is important that you consult an experienced yoga teacher when advancing into the more complicated maneuvers of the discipline to avoid injury.

There are a number of Yoga exercises for weight loss for people that want to lose body weight and two of the most effective methods are the Bikram Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga. Bikram yoga is essentially the type that most athletes and lose weight by burning an exceptionally high amount of calories when the exercise is performed on a regular basis. This is primarily because of the fact that Bikram Yoga is a rather high-speed version of yoga that might take you some time to get into gear. Ashtanga yoga is a calmer form of yoga and is performed at a more leisurely pace – which is the main reason that the amount of calories burned in the same timeline as Bikram Yoga will not be achieved. However, Ashtanga Yoga will mould your body to help it perform other, faster types of yoga much easier.

Submitted by C D on July 8, 2011 at 12:22

It is good that you have sought the help of Yoga to bring your body back into shape. While your practices and measure to eliminate excess weight or what you do is important, what you shouldn’t do is just as important.

  • Don’t resort to weight reduction pills or powders of any sort and please avoid crash diets. We shall prescribe you a simple diet that is healthy, easy to follow and will deliver the desired results. See a nutritionist or dietician, if you must, but preferably one who knows and practices Yoga.

  • Never skip meals. This makes you overeat at other times. So, by all means eat three or even four times a day, but eat light and sparingly.

Program of Yoga for overall weight reduction

This program is designed to achieve the overall desired results. So don’t worry about wanting to reduce only in certain parts of your body. Follow the whole program and you will develop a beautiful, slim figure. This includes a set of Yogasanas (postures), Pranayamas (breathing exercises), Kriyas (cleansing techniques) and Yoga diet. Considering your age and fitness you can do all the Yoga exercises and poses. Start with a few rounds of Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations) then rest in Shavasana (Corpse pose) for a while, then do some Single Leg and Double Leg Raises, lying flat on your back on your mat. Then get into the following program of asanas (poses) and pranayamas (breathing exercises).

Yoga Exercises
Standing Position

  1. Tadasana (Palm Tree pose)
  2. Parvatasana (Mountain pose)
  3. Trikonasana (Triangle Pose)
  4. Ardha Chakrasana (Half Moon pose)
  5. Padangusthasana (Toe to hand pose)
  6. Padahastasana (Forehead to knee pose)

Sitting Position

  1. Janu Sirshasana ((Forehead to single knee pose)
  2. Paschimottanasana (Forehead to both knees pose)
  3. Ushtrasana (Camel pose)
  4. Gomukhasana (Cow face pose)
  5. Simhasana (Lion pose)
  6. Marichyasana (Pose dedicated to the sage Marichi)
  7. Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Lord of the Fish pose)

Supine Position

  1. Purvottanasana (Inclined Plane)
  2. Matsyasana (Fish pose)
  3. Pawanmuktasana (Wind relieving pose)
  4. Navasana (Boat pose)
  5. Chakrasana (Wheel pose)
  6. Sethu Bandhasana (Bridge formation pose)
  7. Halasana (Plough pose)

Prostrate Position

  1. Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Dog pose)
  2. Bhujangasana (Cobra pose)
  3. Dhanurasana (Bow pose)
  4. Shalabhasana (Locust pose)

Inverted Position

  1. Viparita Karani (Legs against the wall pose)
  2. Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand)

Balancing Position

  1. Vrikshasana (Tree pose)
  2. Garudasana (Eagle pose)

Pranayamas (breathing exercises)

  1. Kapalabhatti (Skull cleansing)
  2. Anuloma-Viloma (Alternate Nostril Breathing)
  3. Suryabhedana (Right Nostril breathing)

Kriyas (Cleansing techniques)

  1. Jala Neti (Cleansing Nasal passages with water)
  2. Sutra Neti (Cleansing Nasal passages with rubber catheter)
  3. Vaman Dhauti (Cleansing stomach by vomit water on empty stomach)

Yogic Diet


This is very important, if you wish to get back into shape and develop a healthy, slim and shapely physique. Let your diet be Yogic and Sattvic (pure, light and predominantly vegetarian). This means plenty of raw foods – salads, sprouts and seasonal fruit – vegetable juices, dried fruits and loads of water.

Avoid potatoes, peas, chick peas, grams, peanuts, all non-veg fare, fried, fatty and spicy foods, junk / fast foods, packaged foodstuffs and confectionary products. Also keep away from milk and milk products such as cheeses and butter. But you may have plenty of diluted buttermilk prepared from skimmed milk. Avoid snacking between meals and, as mentioned before, never skip a meal.

Submitted by A on February 23, 2009 at 03:00

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