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How to Start Yoga for Weight Loss: A Beginner’s Guide

Yoga is a good way to shed pounds and make your body and mind healthier. Yoga can help you use up energy, shape your muscles, relax, and feel better. Here are some yoga moves and tips for beginners who want to slim down with yoga:

  • Kapal Bhati pranayama: This is a way of breathing that makes your body work faster and thus helps you lose weight. It also clears your lungs and makes your stomach work better. To do this, sit with your back straight and put your hands on your knees. Breathe in deeply and breathe out hard through your nose, squeezing your belly. Do this for 10 to 15 minutes³.
  • Paschimottanasana: This is a move that rubs and tightens the belly and the lower parts of your body. It also makes your legs and lower back more flexible. To do this, sit on the floor with your legs straight in front of you. Breathe in and lift your arms over your head. Breathe out and bend forward from your hips, trying to touch your toes. Stay in this move for a few breaths and then let go³.
  • Veerbhadrasana: This is a move that makes your body more balanced and strong. It also makes your legs, arms, shoulders, and back more powerful. To do this, stand with your feet far apart and turn your right foot out 90 degrees. Bend your right knee and lower your body, keeping your chest up. Lift your arms over your head and look at your right hand. Stay in this move for a few breaths and then change sides³.
  • Dandasana: This is a move that is very good for your belly. It also makes your posture and alignment better. To do this, sit on the floor with your legs together and straight. Put your hands on the floor next to your hips and push them down. Use your core and make your spine long. Stay in this move for a few breaths and then rest³.
  • Naukasana: This is a move that works on the whole belly area. It also makes your back and the muscles that move your legs stronger. To do this, lie on your back with your legs and arms straight. Breathe in and lift your head, chest, arms, and legs off the floor, keeping them straight. Balance on your tailbone and stay in this move for a few breaths and then lower down³.

These are some of the yoga moves that can help you slim down and tone your body. You can also try other kinds of yoga, such as vinyasa yoga, which involves a series of moves that make a flow. Vinyasa yoga can help you use up more energy, make your body more flexible, and calm you down². You can find some easy vinyasa yoga exercises online⁵⁶ or join a class near you.

Remember to do yoga often and regularly, at least three times a week, for best results. Also, make sure to warm up before and cool down after each session, and drink a lot of water. Yoga is not only a physical exercise, but also a mental and spiritual one. It can help you be more mindful, aware, and thankful, which can also help you with your weight loss journey.

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