Yoga has an important role to play in the treatment of Obesity. Yoga techniques affect the body, internal organs, endocrine glands, brain, mind and other factors concerning the Body – Mind complex. Various Yoga techniques can be practiced effectively to reduce the weight and achieve a normal healthy condition of Body and Mind.
Sun Salutations are very beneficial in obesity management. 25 to 50 Sun Salutations practiced daily bestow both the benefits of Yoga Asanas and exercise. The practice of the Sun Salutation is a sequence of 12 Asanas practiced in order which tone almost all of the muscles. Also, the internal organs are stretched increasing the blood and oxygen supply to these parts. Regular practice of the Sun Salutation with breathing gives good exercise to the lungs. The Mantras often used with the Sun Salutation have a relaxing effect on the mind.
The Sun Salutation has multiple mental and physical benefits. In only ten minutes you can achieve a low impact workout that combines both Resistance Training (e.g. weight lifting) and Cardiovascular (“Cardio”) Training.
The fitness community accepts the fact that cardiovascular exercise has reduced benefits (e.g. fat burning ends once the cardio exercise stops). It also has disadvantages like wear and tear of the joints.
Resistance Training on the other hand, has multiple benefits: it increases muscle mass hence more fat burning capability and increases bone density to mention just a few. The drawback: it is painful. Resistance training is also time-consuming and it may increase blood pressure momentarily if not done properly.
A good compromise is Interval Training that consists of alternated hard and light pace cardio exercise. This is exactly where the Sun Salutation comes in. It is similar to Interval Training by combining low impact resistance training (like push-ups and squats) with cardio exercise. Even better, the benefits of Sun Salutation don’t stop at the physical level: your mind benefits as well.
Regular practice of Sun Salutation benefits your body with:
Increased blood oxygenation by copious lung ventilation. This also benefits your heart.
Stretches and tones your muscles keeping them supple and flexible.
Clears your elimination channels helping your body rid itself of toxins. This is especially good in the morning after many hours of lack of movement during sleep (the lymphatic system eliminates toxins through movement).
Stimulates and tones your endocrine system (especially the Thyroid, the master gland that controls all the other glands).
Tones up the internal abdominal organs by alternate stretching and compression cycles that result in better digestion and bowel movement.
Increases spine and waist flexibility.
The mental benefits of the Sun Salutation are similar to meditation. You can look at the Sun Salutation as meditation in movement. It is no mistaking that Tai-Chi (Chinese) or Kata in Karate, have a similar focused mind on movement approach at the core of their practice. Sun Salutation helps to:
Why our Children Should Do Surya Namaskar?
Surya Namaskar calms the mind and helps improves concentration. Today, children face a cut-throat competition and should adopt Surya Namaskar in their daily schedule as it boosts endurance power and reduces the feeling of anxiety and restlessness, especially during exams. Regular practice of Sun Salutation gives strength and vitality to the body. It is the best workout for muscles and improves flexibility in spine and in limbs for our future athletes. Children as young as 5-year-olds can start doing Surya Namaskar daily.
Why Should Women Do Sun salutation
It is said that Surya Namaskar can do what months of dieting cannot. Hence, it’s a blessing for health-conscious women as it not only helps lose extra calories, but it offers an easy and inexpensive way to be in proper shape by stretching the abdominal muscles naturally. Some of the Sun Salutation poses help lose extra fat on belly by stimulating sluggish glands like the thyroid gland (which has a big effect on our weight) to increase hormonal secretions. Regularly practicing Surya Namaskar can regulate irregular menstrual cycles among women and also ensure an easy childbirth. Last but not the least; it helps in bringing back the glow on your face, preventing onset of wrinkles and making it ageless and radiant.
Develop Your Sixth Sense with Surya Namaskar
With a regular practice of Sun Salutation and meditation, the solar plexus increases from the size of an almond to the size of a palm. This expansion of solar plexus, also known as the second brain, develops our intuitive ability and makes us more clear and focused. The contraction of the solar plexus, on the other hand, leads to depression and other negative tendencies.
The manifold benefits of Surya Namaskar help keep the body healthy and the mind calm. Thus, a regular practice of Surya Namaskar is highly recommended by all yoga experts.