Simple Yoga to Jump start your Metabolism.
Yoga has many benefits. Strength Training, being flexible, weight loss and overall balance of mind-body awareness are just few reasons behind the practice of yoga.
Believe it or not, yoga can be used to jump start metabolic activity, burn calories, build and tone muscles. The combination of deep breathing, stretching and holding poses help to ignite your digestion and metabolism.
In addition to working your body, yoga also exercises your mind and can help to relieve stress.
The following Yoga poses are proven to:
- Perks up digestion
- Stimulates and increases circulation
- Improves the function of various organs
- Strengthens the back and abdominal muscles
- Reduce stress and fatigue
- Strengthens the upper body
- Keeps the spine flexible
- Brings relief from constipation and indigestion
- Stimulates the thyroid and parathyroid glands
How does it work?
Essentially it's like a massage for your digestive organs. Yoga helps the digestive tract function smoothly, which in turn boosts metabolism! These poses work you from the inside-out. The fusion of mental, physical and spiritual exercise targets an overall balance in your body, making everything function better as a whole. Making a healthier you!
How does it help Digestion? Where is the majority of your digestive tract located? In your abdomen, yoga poses that focus on the core work aid in proper organs function. Stretching and twisting poses help wring out the digestive tract and detoxify the organs.
What about Circulation? Deep and concentrated breathing during yoga helps blood circulation. Healthy circulation makes your body function better. Good circulation helps arteries to open up and release pressure, which allows your blood to circulate properly, which in turn means it reaches your organs more rapidly.
Does it help build Muscle? Yoga is a full body workout, it targets large muscle groups while still relying on the smaller muscle groups as well. When multiple muscle groups work together those muscles strengthen and grow. More muscle = more calories burned.
Remember to Breath:
Start out by choosing somewhere comfortable and peaceful.
Inhale in, count in your head to five, pause, then exhale out for another five counts.
Try to inhale and exhale smoothly, staying focused on your breathing. This will help you flow through each pose.
Once you get comfortable doing so, you can try for longer counts.
Start out by trying to hold each yoga pose for about 5-10 breaths.
When practicing these poses, try not to think about the picture of the pose, instead try to focus on how the body feels in each position.
Be sure to move slow and keep your muscles loose and relaxed by releasing tension with each exhale.
Get started on introducing some of these poses in your every day wake up routine.
Here is a Yoga Challenge for our VIP Members to get you started.