As a result of our daily timeline driven fast-paced lives, stress and an unhealthy lifestyle have become a familiar staple.
And this more often than not leads to a lot of weight gain and ultimately results in diseases such as diabetes and obesity.
So it’s not surprising when we meet a lot of working professionals on the streets who support stomach folds, double chins, and plump arms and complain about not having enough time to visit the gym.
If you too are suffering from similar weight gain problems and not getting the required amount of time to go for a workout, then we have a few tips today that are bound to come in handy.
Yoga breathing techniques have been recently proven to be an effective remedy for burning out the excess fat that is stored in the body. It also doesn’t come with side effects like muscle cramps and body pains and is an extremely effective way of getting back in shape.
Why does Yoga Breathing lead to Weight loss?
Well, you might be wondering by now, ‘Breathing and weight loss? How can that be possible?’. We wouldn’t be surprised if you’re a bit skeptical about what we have to tell you today; however, believe us when we say that these methods actually work, and there is a lot of sound science behind them.
Yoga breathing techniques have to do a lot with deep inhalation and exhalation exercises which lead to increased oxidation in the body that propagates weight loss. The oxygen intake of the blood increases as a result and will provide you with a lot more energy to go about your daily schedule.
All of the breathing exercises that we will be talking about today are known to boost metabolism, and some of them will even help massage your abdomen and tone the muscles leading to further weight loss as well.
So here are 5 of the most effective Yoga breathing techniques in our books:
- The Kapalbhati.
The Kapalbhati breathing technique is an amazing exercise to control obesity and propagate weight loss in a very natural way.
And doing this yoga technique is rather easy as well. Just sit on the floor or yoga mat with folded legs, your neck and back should remain straight throughout while both your palms rest on the knees.
Now close your eyes and start the exercise by inhaling slowly through the nose but exhaling the air through the mouth with force. However, while exhaling try to keep track of the movements of your abdomen, feel the moment it goes inwards and how it feels when it does.
Repeat this cycle for 5 to 10 minutes and you are done.
- The Bhastrika.
The Bhastrika technique is just amazing when it comes to raising the energy levels of the body naturally and improving the overall metabolic rate to burn the fat faster.
Relaxation is important when doing the Bhastrika. So try to be seated comfortably when doing this exercise with your back and neck straight, eyes closed and stomach muscles relaxed.
Then slowly placing your palms on the knees start by breathing forcefully with equal emphasis on both inhalation and exhalation. The breathing should be powerful, but it should have a rhythm to it as well, with a pace of 1 second between inhalation and exhalation.
Take notice of your diaphragm as it expands and contracts with every breathing cycle, and try and repeat this procedure for 5 to 10 minutes.
- The Anulom Vilom.
If you have problems with digestion and suffer from acidity quite a lot, then the Anulom Vilom breathing technique can help solve a lot of your gastric problems. This technique is known to cure constipation as well, while at the same time balancing out your hormones and increasing your overall energy.
The Anulom Vilom exercise takes a bit longer than both the Bhastrika and the Kapalbhati. It takes around 15 to 30 minutes to do, and you will need to sit yourself in the lotus position to do it.
Start by closing your right nostril with your thumb and gently inhale through the open left nostril. After filling your lungs completely, now close the left nostril with the index or middle finger and breathe the stored air out through the right. Keep repeating this cycle for at least 15 minutes.
- The Bhramari.
The Bhramari is all about improving metabolism and balancing out the hormone secretions of the body.
So, to do the Bhramari you will need to sit in the Vajrasana or Padmasana position. Make sure that you are doing this at a time and place where you will not be disturbed. Start by opening your palms and closing your ears with the thumbs.
Now placing your index finger on the forehead (right above the eyebrows) breathe deeply filling your lungs to the brim. And exhale keeping your mouth closed but make a low humming sound and let your fingers feel the vibrations as the noise and air flows out.
Finally, complete the round by removing the fingers gently and resting them on the knees. Repeat this cycle 10 times.
- The Surya Namaskar.
The Surya Namaskar or the Sun Salute is a 12 step exercise and breathing pattern which is fantastic for weight loss.
Each of the 12 poses comes with its own unique sequenced breathing which if done religiously can drastically reduce one's excess fat and lethargy.
But these poses and the breathing patterns do need a lot of concentration to achieve, and we would recommend that you do them when you know that you will absolutely not be disturbed.
Since time immemorial Yoga has been helping people with all their excess weight problems all over the world. And we are confident that the breathing techniques we have listed out today will help you with all your weight loss needs as well.
We hope you enjoyed our guide today
Till next time!