Belly is the most sensitive area as well as the easiest target for fats to store themselves in. Increasing levels of stagnation at different points in our lifestyle and work has lead to this major health problem. You may find this issue being covered by major retreats like the 200 hour Yoga teacher training in Nepal, which also provides yoga certification to its participants.
Before I start with explaining how you can lose belly fat through simple yoga asanas, it is a smart move to know little facts and figures about the compilation of belly fat and what is the hormone that controls the belly fat. Cortisol is a common element found in cholesterol, also known famously as the stress causing hormone, this is responsible for all the visceral fat around our organs especially in the belly; However having said that, a certain amount of this hormone is important for survival as well.
To combat this hormone and to keep it in check, one must have healthy eating habits, because healthy eating affects the production and balance of the hormones in the body. Along with exercises’, movement and drinking water, here are a few yoga asanas to practice to keep those fat rolls at bay.
For this, you have to sit on the floor. Stretch your legs straight in front of you. Raise your hands above your head and slowly in a comfortable pace bend and touch the feet with your hands. As you bend towards the floor, your face will rest on your legs and the hands will be touching the toes. Stay in this position for the next 9-10 seconds, breathing easily and comfortably. Repeat this asana 4-5 times.
This asana is known to improve digestion.
It is a miracle cure for headaches and anxiety related headaches.
It is known to stimulate the uterus, kidney, ovaries and the liver.
It is also a therapeutic way to tackle insomnia and infertility.
- Sputa Padangusthasana
Lie on your back with your legs well stretched. Lift your right leg above the ground and then bend it at the knees to bring it closer to your chest. Hold the right toe with the right hand and lift the right leg up in the air, still holding the toe with your right hand. The leg and the hand are now perpendicular to the floor. Hold that posture for another 4-5 seconds. Now slowly bring the hand and leg down and relax. You can now repeat the process with the left leg and the left hand. Repeat this asana in 3 more sets.
It is known to positively affect a cardiac condition and help recover.
This asana is known to stretch the areas such as prostate gland, hips, legs, and groin.
- Setu Bhanda Sarvangasana
Lie on your back with the legs bent at the knees. You are raising your body from the lower back in the air, supporting the back with your hands straight under the back. Balance your body weight at the feet and upper body still on the floor. Stay in this position for the next 4-5 seconds. Now release your hands from under your back and slowly rest your back on the back again. Repeat this for at least 4 times.
It is a good therapeutic method to tackle high blood pressure.
It stretches the spine, chest and neck.
This asana also rejuvenates your tired legs.
It reduces anxiety, insomnia and fatigue.
For this one you must lie on the floor, with your face down. Both your hands should be resting sideways to your chest with palms facing downwards. Raising the body gently, support the back with your palm; imitating a rising cobra. Hold that position for a while and breathe until comfortable to do so. Slowly come back to the resting position, with your chest resting on the floor. Now repeat this asana for 9-10 times in a set.
This asana is a known therapeutic solution for asthma.
It also helps release stress and fatigue.
This asana starts in the vajrasana posture. First you kneel down and sit on the inner side of the leg that almost forms like a large coaster to rest on. Lean ahead while sitting in the same position and stretch your hands in front of you as if to bow to a godly entity. In this position, while leaning/bending over ahead, your forehead must be resting on the floor. Relax your muscles and stay in this position for the next 9-10 seconds. Repeat it for as long you can relax and breathe comfortably.
This helps to increase blood circulation to get relief from headaches.
This asana is helpful in gently stretching the thighs, ankles, hips.
It also plays a prominent role in relaxing the neck and shoulders.
These are some easy to do and comfortable asanas to help reduce the belly fat.