Do you know that Yoga is an excellent activity to help you shed those excess pounds? And it is done through the power of creating a state of mental and physical well-being. The basic tenets of Yoga promote a healthy lifestyle and when combined with a calorie reduction goal, can help speed up your weight loss progress. It will increase your metabolism by increasing the caloric burning process. All weight loss is based on using more calories than you take in. It will also allow you to increase your ability to concentrate and focus.
Your thyroid regulates your metabolism and is responsible for the chemical processes that transform food into energy. Yoga uses a series of poses that will help to stimulate the workflow of the internal organs. This will cause your metabolism to increase and burn more calories which will eventually cause you to achieve a lower body weight. Another benefit you get to enjoy is that it will help improve your circulation and thus increase your energy level.
The various back bends combined with the forward bends will help to stimulate the metabolism. The poses that affect the neck region can be helpful in stimulating the thyroid if the weight problem is caused by hormonal imbalance. Poses that will help the most for this include the camel, rabbit, plough, bridge and head stand. Going quickly between the various poses can help to accelerate the weight loss process. Beware though that those seriously overweight may find some of these poses extremely difficult and should start slowly with the easier poses and add others as they become more confident in the easier ones.
You can use standing poses to increase muscle strengthening such as the warrior pose. These will help to create higher endurance and increase your caloric usage.
Remember that a gradual approach is best with all Yoga practices. The long-term effects on your weight loss regime will become evident and even more so the inner peace and general well feeling that Yoga will promote within you. It is therefore always prudent practice to go slow and build up slowly in order to maximize the benefits of the asanas while preventing untoward incidents of injury.