Yoga Exercises Bring Out The Best In Body Mind And Spirit The Sanskrit word from which the term “yoga” is derived means “joining” or “union”, and yoga is typically a joining of the body, mind and spirit. Many people think of yoga as being a quiet practice that involves breathing, meditation and stretching, and that’s true – as far as it goes.
However, yoga is also a dynamic practice, and it is important to remember that when we bring body, mind and spirit into accord, we improve all three. For this reason, yoga exercises can be considered very effective when used for weight loss.
Yoga exercises to improve and strengthen breathing help oxygenate the body. Getting more oxygen into circulation helps to increase metabolism and burn fat. Additionally, deep and steady breathing exercises alleviate anxiety and anger. These two emotions often lead to inappropriate eating habits that can lead to weight gain. By learning to breathe properly through regular yoga exercise, you can increase your metabolism and calm yourself to make better choices.
The classic set of yoga exercises known as the Sun Salutation is an excellent all-over-body workout. The Sun Salutation can take as little as five minutes or as long as half an hour to perform depending upon the speed at which you perform the poses and the energy you wish to put in. Either way, fast or slow, is fine. For more fat burning and metabolism boosting, perform several rounds of the Sun Salutation at a rapid pace.
For cool down, stretching and strengthening, move slowly and carefully, holding the poses for longer periods of time and focusing your breath and gaze. The Sun Salutation is such a perfect combination of yoga exercises. Depending upon the speed, intensity and the number of repetitions you perform, the Sun Salutation can be your warm-up, cool-down and your main exercise routine!
Power Yoga exercises are forms of yoga that are typically done at a faster pace for the primary purpose of strengthening, conditioning, increasing blood circulation and metabolism and losing weight. The term, power yoga, is often applied to three types of yoga: Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Bikram Yoga, and Hatha Yoga. All three of these are typically performed at a faster clip with focus on breathing into each pose and moving in a smooth, fluid, coordinated and fairly choreographed manner. There are plenty of Yoga videos online, for free, which you do in the comfort of your own home.
In addition to helping with weight loss (sometimes burning as many as 1250 calories per session) these types of yoga exercises are very helpful in strengthening and in healing. The added circulation and oxygenation brought to the tissues when performing power yoga exercises speeds the healing of sprains, strains and other minor injuries and has even been attributed with supporting healing in people recovering from cancer.
Power yoga exercises are a great choice for people wishing to lose weight; however, if you are out of shape, begin with gentle meditative yoga and focus on controlling your breath and stretching and strengthening your muscles, tendons and ligaments. Begin power yoga exercises when you have gained reliable levels of strength, endurance and coordination.