Everyone wants a slimmer body. Losing weight is just not about to get into good shape, but also to be fitter and healthier. Breathing exercises are a convenient and very effective way to lose weight without much fuss. All you have to have is determination and if you perform these breathing techniques regularly, very soon results are visible. You will not only lose weight, but will also start to feel active and full of energy throughout the day.
These Are Some Yoga Breathing Techniques For Weight Loss
In order to perform these poses you are required to sit on the floor in padmasan. If not that just you are unable to sit in padmasana just sit with your legs crossed, this is called sukhasana or the happy pose. If due to some reason you are not able to sit on the floor, just do this by sitting anywhere comfortably like on a chair. Now we are good to go.
Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation
Surya namaskar means saluting the sun. This is a combination of poses and braething exercise. Surya namaskar consists of 12 poses that are performed in a fixed sequence. Performing surya namaskar daily will definitely help you to lose weight. It has numerous other benefits for your health.
Kapalbhati or Cranium Purification Breathing Exercise
Sit down and relax. Take a deep breath in and release slowly. Repeat this a few times. Now take a long deep breath till you feel yourlungs expending. Hold for around 4 to 5 seconds. Now release the breath out with force pulling your stomach in simultaneously. Hold your stomach in for 5 seconds and then relax. Repeat three times in the beginning. You can increase the frequency as the days pass.
Bhastrika or Bellows Breath
This is another exercise where you have to release your breath with force but not in one go. Start by taking a deep breath and expand your lungs. Hold for sometime and then release the breath with force releasing partial air repeatedly till you are out of breath. Repeat again. Start with three times in one go. With time you may increase the number of repetitions.
Anulom Vilom Or Alternate Nostril Breathing Exercise
Take a deep breath. Now cover your right nostril with your right hand thumb ( if you are right handed). Breath in through the left nostril. Now cover the left nostril with the right hand index finger and breath out through the right nostril. Now breath in again with the same nostril and then release with the left nostril. Repeat this cycle for atleast two minutes. Increase the time with practice.
Bhramri Or Humming Bee Breath
Sit down and relax. Cover your ears with your thumbs and place your middle finger on closed eyes gently pressing them. The index finger should be placed on the temple and gentle pressure should be applied. Keep the remaining fingers on the nose lightly or keep them in the air. Take a deep breath and breath out so as to produce a humming sound. You should feel the vibrations inside you. Hum as long as you can. and then relax. Repeat at least five times and increase the frequency with time.
This will help you relax at the end of the regime. Sit in either padmasana or sukhasanaand relax. Keep your eyes closed. Take a deep breath and chant om while you breath out. Remember the ‘oh’ sound should be longer and the ‘mm’ should be shorter. Repeat three times at least.
There are some precautions that must be taken care of before performing these exercises. consult your doctor if you suffer from a medical condition. Breathe through the nose unless specified otherwise. Do not strain yourself a lot to perform an exercise. It might turn against you. Do what is comes under your comfort level. Start with fewer repetitions and increase time as your body gets used to it. No need to do the whole regime in one go. if you feel tired lie down or alternately you can do shavasana or corpse pose to relax and then continue again after you feel better.Perform these exercises empty stomach or at least three to four hours after eating. Also wait for an hour after exercise, before eating again. Prefer to sit outdoors in early morning to take in fresh air. If that is not possible go for a well ventilated room at least, where you can relax and workout.
People with high blood pressure should avoid it. Also women going through their menstrual cycle should not perform these breathing exercises for those days.
That’s it. Practice daily and see the difference for yourself.