People across the globe are celebrating the International Yoga Day today. The idea of International Day of yoga was first proposed by the Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, in the year 2014 in one of his speeches at the United Nations General Assembly. It was in the year 2015 that the United Nations officially declared 21 June as International yoga day. Yoga is an ancient Indian discipline, a part of which involves breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures. From weight loss to stress and joint pain, yoga is said to have a positive effect on you, both physically and mentally. One of the key benefits of yoga is its impact on your belly. You would be surprised to know how just a few postures and breathing techniques could help you get a toned belly.
Ms. J Tara Herron – Director the Imperial Spa says, “the belly is supported by both abdominal and lumbar muscles, so asanas that energise and strengthen these muscle groups are important. You can begin with ‘kapalabahti’ that focuses on circulating oxygen and prana into the abdominal area. Kapalabathti should be powerfully carried out but not forced, so the right technique is important. This improves circulation of oxygen into the cellular tissue, burns excess fat, and generates muscle tone. Two other helpful asanas are ‘dhanurasana,’ where the lymphatic system is being drained from the mid-region on the body, helping to detox and break up fatty tissue. This pose also works on your core strength tightening the tummy and back muscles. Equally beneficial is ‘kumbakasana,’ which tones the abdominal region whilst also building core strength.”
Yoga And Weight Loss: Here’s How You Would Need To Go About The Asanas
1. Kapalbhati: Sit with your legs folded, place your right palm on your right knee and left palm on your left knee. Now, breathe in slowly and exhale with force so that your stomach gets sucked inside as much as possible. As you exhale, your stomach must go in and push out all the air in your lungs with the motion. Repeat this cycle 15-20 times for beginners and see the effect it can have on your body.