Melt Fat Away With Yoga
Yoga offers a safe alternative to busting those not-so-cute dimples.
Yoga experts suggest asanas to melt those fat pockets...
Kneel down with your heels facing the ceiling, toes turned outward
and arms hanging loosely by the sides. Breathe in. Raise arms
gently to shoulder level, then higher, and finally backwards such
that your palms touch the heel of the corresponding foot. Stretch
your neck letting your head fall backwards. You will feel the
stretch in your spine. Gently push the pelvic region forward,
improving upon the curve of the spine. Breathe normally. Breathe
in and return to the starting position. Repeat two to three times.
Each time try to hold the stretch as long as you comfortably can.
Why it works
This asana stretches your entire upper body the neck, chest
and stomach. These places house the lymph glands such as the thymus,
tonsils and the spleen. They are primarily responsible for filtering
out bacteria and other waste from the blood. Inefficient lymph
glands lead to inefficient drainage and collection of fat. Ushtra
Asana mobilises the lymph glands, hence preventing cellulite.
The increased blood circulation and faster cell rejuvenation within
these regions helps bust existing cellulite, slowly but surely.
Stand with feet spread wide apart, toes pointing straight ahead.
Turn the right leg at a 90 degree angle. Then bend the right knee.
Hold your right wrist with your left hand behind your back, bend
to your right and gently attempt to touch your big toe with the
tip of your nose. However ensure that as you bend, your right
knee or right thigh doesn't come in way of your right shoulder.
Hold this position for up to 30 seconds. Inhale and slowly return
to the start. Repeat the exercise with your left leg. Repeat the
asana two to three times.
Why it works
This asana really stretches the inside of your thighs. Rising
back from the bend strengthens the thighs, exercising them is
similar to working with weights in a gym. This helps burn fats
in the thighs. It also exercises the lymph nodes present in the
groin area and improves the blood circulation in lower region,
thereby busting cellulite pockets.
Purna Shalbh Asana
Lie on your stomach. Make a fist. Position it under your thigh,
elbows straight. Breathe in. With the support of your folded fists,
lift up both legs without bending them at the knees. Tighten the
back of thighs and buttocks, holding on to the final pose for
as long as possible. Relax the tightened thighs and buttocks.
Breathe in. Now, holding your breath, gradually lower the legs
to the ground. As your legs touch the ground, release your breath
and breathe normal. Repeat two to three times, each time trying
to hold on to the final pose for as long as possible.
Why it works
Lifting the legs and trying to hold them for a long time requires
strength. As you try harder, the fuel required to get that energy
is generated by burning up the fat in thighs and buttocks.
Sit down with your legs outstretched in the front, touching each
other, your arms to your sides. Keep your spine erect and raise
both your hands above your head, while the inside of your arms
touch your ears. Exhale and pull the stomach in and bend forward,
stretching your hands towards your toes. Now try to hold your
toes with your fingers and subsequently with practice, try to
touch your forehead to your knees. Hold this final pose for as
long as possible, after which you inhale and gradually come back
to the starting position.
Why it works
As your body bends forward, your entire back area (considered
your west side in yoga) is stretched. The bending movement affects
every part from the heel's tip to the neck (inclusive of the hamstring
muscles, buttocks, waist, back and the medulla oblongata).
This extreme stretch works the major muscles of the back, along
with the skin. The stretch causes better blood circulation within
the region and prevents build up of fat. The skin too is stretched
leading to better elasticity and over time can aid in reducing
the dimpled look that cellulite is characterised by.
February 18, 2010