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Benefits Of Yoga Breathing For Weight Loss
Before starting a yoga program, one of the most common questions that
people ask is whether or not there is a yoga breathing weight loss
The simple answer is, yes!! Different yoga techniques can aid weight loss in
different ways, and the type of program you choose depends largely on your
specific preferences and needs.
Ashtanga yoga, or power yoga, is a specific set of poses that are linked
together without pausing, providing an excellent whole body workout.
Bikram yoga, or ‘hot yoga’, is performed in a heated room; the interplay
between yoga breathing and weight loss occurs because the extra body
heat generated burns off more calories.
Other less intense styles of yoga don’t help so much with burning calories,
but are an excellent complementary tool to aerobic exercise and a healthy
eating plan. How they complement other weight loss tools is outlined below.
The deep-breathing involved in yoga increase oxygen intake to all body
cells; this in turn increases oxidation and burning of fat cells. Another direct
benefit of yoga exercises is that, when combined with yoga breathing,
weight loss is made easier because as well as burning off energy the
exercises also store energy that is ready to be burned instead of stored.
Learning to breathe more effectively through yoga can also be extremely
beneficial when applied to aerobic exercise. Oxygen intake is maximized,
and the speed at which carbon dioxide exits the body is slowed; this allows
you to exercise more efficiently, and not get “puffed” so easily.
Another benefit is that deep breathing is known to improve mental strength
and concentration; anything that can improve will-power can only be a good
There are deep-breathing exercises designed specifically for weight loss,
but these need to be used with caution. They can be effective in the short-
term, but used as a long-term measure they may disharmonize the body,
mind and spirit.
Some asanas help stimulate sluggish or inactive glands, helping them to
increase their hormonal output.
The thyroid gland in particular has a huge effect on metabolism; the fish
posture is one of several asanas that specifically act on the thyroid gland.
By stimulating the thyroid gland, yoga can help increase metabolism,
subsequently increasing the rate at which calories are burnt off.
Mobilization OF Fat
Certain asanas (including ‘dynamic spinal twist’ and ‘churning the mill’)
massage the abdomen and the fat stored around organs. This ‘mobilizes’
the fat, making it easier to burn off.
The following is, for me, a most interesting quote…
“There is only one way to get rid of hunger forever, and that is
to stop eating.”
Yogic Techniques for Abdominal Cleansing
There are some excellent abdominal cleansing techniques to detoxify your
body and to help with the food adiction. They are strongly recommended by
naturopaths and yogis to help take charge of your own health.
Besides firming up the abdominal muscles, abdominal and colon cleansing
Stomach pains and bloating
The yoga techniques for abdomen cleansing are those which MUST be
learnt under expert guidance. Needless to say, these techniques if learnt
well are the single most important way to manage your own health and
keep diseases and health disorders at bay.
Some of these yogic techniques are briefly described below for general
awareness. But for those seeking immediate relief without the inclination to
seek out more permanent and ‘liberating’ steps, there is a way through
Ayurveda offers an excellent way to treat stomach pains, abdominal
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Yogic Techniques for Abdominal Cleansing
Kunjal (Stomach Wash)
A very simple technique once learnt, kunjal involves the drinking of several
glasses of saline water on an empty stomach, the first thing in the morning.
Immediately thereafter the vomiting reflex is induced so as to throw out the
Not as yuk, as it seems (because the water thrown out is quite clear, unlike
the case where gunk comes out when you vomit due to eating something
non-agreeable), this technique is very effective for stomach health. Besides,
it is very beneficial for respiratory disorders, thyroid disorders (as it helps
to balance the thyroid gland) and several other health issues.
Nauli (Abdomen Churning)
This is a method of controlling and toning all your internal organs. it involves
churning or contracting different abdominal muscles through breath and
muscles control. This is like sucking in your abdomen and moving the
muscles in and out by pushing forwards. But without breathing. Nauli is
believed to increase the flow of life force in the body so that the mind
remains clear. The muscle movements and breath control generate heat in
the body, stimulate and improve the functioning of the digestive system. It is
believed to increase the blood flow to the digestive system and build up the
heat, which is responsible for maintaining digestive health.
Abdomen churning helps treat constipation, indigestion, acidity, nervous
diarrhea, hormonal imbalances, flatulence, and sexual and urinary
disorders. It also energizes and calms you during emotional disturbances. It
improves your posture and also relieves menstrual problems. Ideally, do
this exercise early in the morning on an empty stomach or wait for at least
five to six hours after meals.
Dhauti (Food-Pipe Cleansing)
This is the method of cleansing your esophagus and stomach. It involves
swallowing a 5-metre strip of cotton gauze which has been soaked in water
or milk to soften it, and then pulling it out again so that the deposits left on
your stomach walls are removed. The best time to do this is on an empty
stomach in the morning, once or twice a week. Drink a glass of milk after
This cleansing method stimulates the digestive system and helps alleviate
the symptoms of Asthma.
Exercise Tips For Women
Males and females alike exercise for a number of different reasons.
Surprisingly, the majority of males tend to exercise for muscle development
and women, for the the emotional benefits and how they feel afterwards.
Overall, both males and females exercise for the following reasons: weight
control, to increase energy, to tone up, to feel good, cardiovascular
conditioning, to reduce stress, to keep flexible, time for oneself, for
enjoyment, to build strength and to improve self-esteem.
People need to exercise. You may not be as strong as you like, nor desire to
become really strong, but this doesn’t matter.
Diet and exercise together is a key source of prevention for most age
related conditions such as arthritis, diabetes and obesity.
Building muscle, burning fat and getting mobile is possible at almost any
If your goal is to either excel at sports, tone your thighs or to just build your
self esteem, then you must make diet and then exercise priority.
Thus weight training is the stimuli needed to start your engines, keep the
wheels rolling and produce desired results and nutrition becomes the fuel
of all the systems involved and what the engines need to function.
To review, many of you may already know that adding exercise into the
equation of diet and discipline can speed the weight loss progress up quite
For example, if you were to walk briskly for 15 to 20 minutes a day (in
addition to following a 1,200-calorie diet) you could burn off an extra 100
calories a day – that’s the amount of calories for those who would rather
eliminate the extra calories through diet alone.
Either way, it is important to recognize that weight loss varies greatly from
one person to the next depending on overall body size, metabolic rate, and
activity level and we are left with the option of exercising or not.
I’m sure many of you already know or assume that we should exercise
because it is good for us, but do you know just how good?
Let me be the first to point out to you that physical activity not only helps
remedy medical difficulties, but it also can prevent many of those same
problems from occurring.
Let’s review the benefits of exercise, and then you can decide what is
stopping YOU from getting started today!
* Exercise lowers our heart rate. The heart is a muscle. Regular aerobic
exercise strengthens that muscle so that your heart pumps blood more
efficiently by pumping more blood with each beat. Since the exercised heart
is more efficient, it transfers more oxygen to the body’s cells more easily.
This in essence can lengthen your life by several years.
* Exercise reduces the risk of heart disease. It reduces clotting in the blood,
thus reducing the risk of heart disease. Those who do not exercise can run
twice the risk of developing heart disease.
* Exercise reduces the risk of stroke, lowers blood pressure, reduces the
risk of colon cancer and helps regulate the digestive system.
* Exercise promotes strong and healthy bones. It increases circulation and
flow of nutrients to the bones, reducing the risk of fractures and
* Exercise leads to a stronger circulatory system and lungs, better skin
tone and helps keep skin more elastic.
* Exercise increases the body’s metabolism. (The rate at which the body
burns calories)and it increase muscle which helps burn fat thus making it
essential to healthy weight loss and maintenance.
* Exercise controls blood sugar and cholesterol. Physical activity helps
maintain the body’s glucose levels, important especially for diabetics or
those at risk for diabetes. It also increases the ratio of good cholesterol
(HDL) to bad cholesterol (LDL) and also lowers triglycerides.
* Exercise helps with pain tolerance and makes for easier pregnancy and
childbirth. – By increasing the level of endorphins, the body’s natural pain
killers, exercise can help alleviate pain, such as PMS symptoms and
menstrual cramps. The deep breathing during exercise brings more oxygen
to the blood, which relaxes the uterus.
* Exercise controls physical and emotional stress and improves your
intellectual capacity. Not only does exercise reduce physical and emotional
stress, but it can also alleviate bouts of anxiety or depression. It also
increases your productivity by helping to clear your head so you can
approach your work refreshed and able to concentrate.
* Exercise promotes flexibility and reduces backaches. Stretching
exercises help elongate muscles, thus promoting flexibility and also
* Exercise promotes a younger and healthier body and prolongs
independence for the older person. We spend way too much money every
year trying to maintain a healthy and younger body when simple regular
physical activity can also slow the aging process.
* Exercise strengthens immune system and regulates your body’s waste
system. We are less likely to get sick or constipated when we exercise
regularly. Daily activity relieves constipation by increasing intestinal activity
and curbs bloating by increasing perspiration.
* Exercise improves your sleep and gives you more energy. Since your
muscles are less tense, you relax more easily at night. You fall asleep more
quickly, sleep more soundly, and awake more refreshed and energized.
* Exercise leads to better health and gives us an overall sense of well being.
Daily activity allows us to be happier and more upbeat. It boosts our self-
confidence by improving our strength, stamina, flexibility, appearance, and
our sense of self-control
Do women get the same benefits from exercise as men?
Women may benefit more so than men from being physically fit. It is
possible for women to reduce the rates of death from heart disease if they
are more physically fit than men and if they include regular activity in their
Women who don’t exercise have twice the chance of dying from heart
disease compared to women who do exercise, just as women who smoke
double their chances of dying from heart disease compared to women who
Women may live longer than men, but they don’t necessarily live better
Written by: dreamerneon
The word Yoga evokes images of tranquil scenes, colorful Yoga Mats and slim people bending and curling
their fit bodies into complicated positions to achieve inner peace and serenity amidst the bustle of everyday
life. However, the yogic practice cannot be squeezed into a singular definition. A lot of people think they know
what Yoga is all about, but they see only the surface of this ancient meditative art. Yoga does not merely
revolve around twisting one’s body into an intricate pretzel. To understand the truth behind the practice, one
must delve deeper and shed light on some Yoga Myths.
Yoga is just an exercise.
Yoga is not merely an exercise to make one’s body fit; this is one of the most widespread misconceptions.
Beyond its obvious physical aspect, Yoga is first and foremost a spiritual act with the primary goal of uniting
the body, mind, and emotions.
Yoga is an expensive activity.
Being primarily a spiritual exercise, genuine Yoga teachers who focus on the spiritual teachings of this art
accept donations but do not charge fixed amounts for their services. Also, there are a lot of Yoga centers and
studios nowadays that offer lessons that will not leave a hole in your pocket.
Compared to other activities, Yoga does not require a lot of gear and equipment. If you have a Yoga Mat, you
can start practicing Yoga.
Yoga can be taught by anyone.
Just because a person can bend like a piece of licorice or perform Yoga Poses does not mean that it
automatically gives him or her the right to teach Yoga. Training and practice for several years are necessary
before one can call oneself a genuine Yoga teacher. The training must focus intensely on the spiritual growth
and maturity of the person, so he or she will be able to teach Yoga in the way it was meant to be taught – as a
union between the body, mind, and spirit – and not merely as an exercise.
Yoga will give its practitioner extremely sophisticated physical prowess.
While it is true that lifelong practice of Yoga may lead a person to achieve superior flexibility (such as very
advanced yogi), this does not hold true for everyone. Yoga is not a miracle activity which would automatically
bestow its students the gift of physical litheness. One must always remember that besides the most popular
yogic positions and postures that we associate with the art of Yoga, its principal goal is to unite the body,
mind, and spirit to achieve true personal and universal enlightenment.
Yoga Myths or mistaken beliefs can lead you away from what is true about Yoga. Seek the help of a certified
Yoga instructor and practice regularly to have a deeper understanding of this five thousand year old activity.
BELOW.. Written by Super Member: TAMARA
One day while I was reading a book by Deepak Chopra (trying to be all yogi-like), something he said hit me like
a brick. It was the concept behind non-attachment and ego. I realized after reading this that it’s my ego that
continues to get in the way of my practice. I needed to learn to just let go and let the practice be what it is; as
opposed to some attachment I have to the outcome of my practice. I noticed that once I began to take my
focus off of HOW I was doing my practice and started to focus on being IN my practice, the true Benefits of
Yoga came alive for me.
Yoga allowed me to go through all of the gunk, the negative thoughts, and the past emotions stuck in my body,
etc., so that my heart and my passion could be set free. It’s almost like I had to “break down” in order to be
opened up. Once I decided to let my mind, my body, and my soul become my practice, instead of following my
practice and trying to be something that I’m not; that’s when I was truly doing Yoga. I slowly learned to LET GO
and permit my Yoga to take me where I need to be on any given day.
It’s interesting that on some days, I get on the mat and I’m feeling all cocky and thinking things like, “Oh,
yeah… I’m conquering this practice today… I’m feeling strong and I just know I’m going to come up out of my
backbend today… blah, blah, blah,…” Before you know it, I’m halfway through my practice and all of a sudden,
my body just won’t go where my ego wanted it to go… nope, not today. I start to get down on myself and then I
realize, “wait, that’s not what this is all about”. Who cares if my Backbends aren’t amazing today, who cares
if I fall out of the Tree Pose! These expectations that I have are all attachments to the outcome of Yoga. The
second I decided to stay focused on the outcome of my practice, I lost the true meaning. In order to stay
connected to my authentic self, I need to let go of my expectations to the outcome and let the day, the
practice be whatever it needs to be at any given time.
Yoga has inspired me to be me. This doesn’t mean that I don’t still have my days of expectation and
attachment to outcomes; it just means that every time I come to the mat, I am reminded to follow my heart,
and be my true authentic self. Yoga will forever be a learning process. There is no end point or destination, it’s
a constant voyage of the mind, body, and spirit.
|Physiological Benefits of Yoga
■Stable autonomic nervous system equilibrium
■Pulse rate decreases
■Respiratory rate decreases
■Blood Pressure decreases (of special significance for hyporeactors)
■Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) increases
■EEG – alpha waves increase (theta, delta, and beta waves also increase during various
stages of meditation)
■EMG activity decreases
■Cardiovascular efficiency increases
■Respiratory efficiency increases
■Gastrointestinal function normalizes
■Endocrine function normalizes
■Excretory functions improve
■Musculoskeletal flexibility and joint range of motion increase
■Breath-holding time increases
■Joint range of motion increase
■Grip strength increases
■Eye-hand coordination improves
■Dexterity skills improve
■Reaction time improves
■Strength and resiliency increase
■Energy level increases
■Depth perception improves
■Integrated functioning of body parts improves
Psychological Benefits of Yoga
■Somatic and kinesthetic awareness increase
■Mood improves and subjective well-being increases
■Self-acceptance and self-actualization increase
■Social adjustment increases
■Anxiety and Depression decrease
■Learning efficiency improves
■Social skills increases
■Somatic and kinesthetic awareness increase
■Learning efficiency improves
■Symbol coding improves
■Depth perception improves
■Flicker fusion frequency improves
Biochemical Benefits of Yoga
■Total cholesterol decreases
■HDL cholesterol increases
■LDL cholesterol decreases
■VLDL cholesterol decreases
■Lymphocyte count increases
■Total white blood cell count decreases
■Vitamin C increases
■Total serum protein increases
Yoga Health Benefits versus Exercise Benefits
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History of Yoga – A Complete Overview of the Yoga History
Written by: shaynebance
The saying, “What’s in the past, should stay in the past” – doesn’t work here.
We might already have an idea of what Yoga is but to understand it better, we have to know what it has
become as well as its roots and beginnings. A quick look at the history of Yoga will help us appreciate
its rich tradition and who knows, it might help us incorporate Yoga into our lives.
Although Yoga is said to be as old as civilization, there is no physical evidence to support this claim.
Earliest archaeological evidence of Yoga’s existence could be found in stone seals which depict
figures of Yoga Poses. The stone seals place Yoga’s existence around 3000 B.C.
Scholars, however, have a reason to believe that Yoga existed long before that and traced its
beginnings in Stone Age Shamanism. Both Shamanism and Yoga have similar characteristics
particularly in their efforts to improve the human condition at that time. Also, they aim to heal
community members and the practitioners act as religious mediators. Though we know Yoga as
focusing more on the self, it started out as community-oriented before it turned inward.
For a better discussion of the history of Yoga, we could divide it into four periods: the Vedic Period,
Pre-Classical Period, Classical Period, and Post-Classical Period.
The existence of the Vedas marks this period. The Vedas is the sacred scripture of Brahmanism that
is the basis of modern-day Hinduism. It is a collection of hymns which praise a divine power. The Vedas
contains the oldest known Yogic teachings and as such, teachings found in the Vedas are called Vedic
Yoga. This is characterized by rituals and ceremonies that strive to surpass the limitations of the mind.
During this time, the Vedic people relied on rishis or dedicated Vedic Yogis to teach them how to live in
divine harmony. Rishis were also gifted with the ability to see the ultimate reality through their intensive
spiritual practice. It was also during this time that Yogis living in seclusion (in forests) were recorded.
The creation of the Upanishads marks the Pre-Classical Yoga. The 200 scriptures of the Upanishads
(the conclusion of the revealed literature) describe the inner vision of reality resulting from devotion to
Brahman. These explain three subjects: the ultimate reality (Brahman), the transcendental self
(atman), and the relationship between the two. The Upanishads further explain the teachings of the
Yoga shares some characteristics not only with Hinduism but also with Buddhism that we can trace in
its history. During the sixth century B.C., Buddha started teaching Buddhism, which stresses the
importance of Meditation and the practice of physical postures. Siddharta Gautama, the first Buddhist
to study Yoga, achieved enlightenment at the age of 35.
Later, around 500″ class=”related_products_container” B.C., the Bhagavad-Gita or Lord’s Song was
created and this is currently the oldest known Yoga scripture. It is devoted entirely to Yoga and has
confirmed that it has been an old practice for some time. However, it doesn’t point to a specific time
wherein Yoga could have started. The central point to the Gita is that – to be alive means to be active
and in order to avoid difficulties in our lives and in others, our actions have to benign and have to
exceed our egos.
Just as the Upanishads further the Vedas, the Gita builds on and incorporates the doctrines found in
the Upanishads. In the Gita, three facets must be brought together in our lifestyle: Bhakti or loving
devotion, Jnana which is knowledge or contemplation, and Karma which is about selfless actions. The
Gita then tried to unify Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga, and Karma Yoga and it is because of this that it has
gained importance. The Gita was a conversation between Prince Arjuna and God-man Krishna and it
basically stresses the importance of opposing evil.
The Classical Period is marked by another creation – the Yoga Sutra. Written by Patanjali around the
second century, it was an attempt to define and standardize Classical Yoga. It is composed of 195
aphorisms or sutras (from the Sanskrit word which means thread) that expound upon the Raja Yoga
and its underlying principle, Patanjali’s Eightfold path of Yoga (also called Eight Limbs of Classical
Yoga). These are:
1.Yama, which means social restraints or ethical values;
2.Niyama, which is personal observance of purity, tolerance, and study;
3.Asanas or physical exercises;
4.Pranayama, which means breath control or regulation;
5.Pratyahara or sense withdrawal in preparation for Meditation;
6.Dharana, which is about concentration;
7.Dhyana, which means Meditation; and
8.Samadhi, which means ecstasy.
Patanjali believed that each individual is a composite of matter (prakriti) and spirit (purusha). He further
believed that the two must be separated in order to cleanse the spirit – a stark contrast to Vedic and
Pre-Classical Yoga that signify the union of body and spirit.
Patanjali’s concept was dominant for some centuries that some Yogis focused exclusively on
Meditation and neglected their Asanas. It was only later that the belief of the body as a temple was
rekindled and attention to the importance of the Asana was revived. This time, Yogis attempted to use
Yoga techniques to change the body and make it immortal.
At this point, we see a proliferation of literature as well as the practice of Yoga. Post-classical Yoga
differs from the first three since its focus is more on the present. It no longer strives to liberate a
person from reality but rather teaches one to accept it and live at the moment.
Yoga was introduced in the West during the early 19th century. It was first studied as part of Eastern
Philosophy and began as a movement for health and vegetarianism around the 1930’s. By the 1960’s,
there was an influx of Indian teachers who expounded on Yoga. One of them was Maharishi Mahesh,
the Yogi who popularized Transcendental Meditation. Another one is a prominent Yoga Guru Swami
Sivananda. Sivananda was a doctor in Malaysia and he later opened schools in America and Europe.
The most prominent of his works is his modified Five Principles of Yoga which are:
1.Savasana or proper relaxation;
2.Asanas or proper exercise;
3.Pranayama or proper breathing;
4.Proper diet; and
5.Dhyana or positive thinking and Meditation
Sivananda wrote more than 200 books on Yoga and Philosophy and had many disciples who furthered
Yoga. Some of them were Swami Satchitananda who introduced chanting and Yoga to Woodstock;
Swami Sivananada Radha who explored the connection between psychology and Yoga, and Yogi
Bhajan who started teaching Kundalini Yoga in the 70’s.
Up to this day, Yoga continues to proliferate and spread its teachings, crossing the boundaries of
culture and language.