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Reducing Weight through Power Yoga

Obesity is a blessing of our modern sedentary lifestyle. Today many of the actions that used to require humans to exert themselves can now easily and almost effortlessly be done at the press of a button. So getting overweight is a natural outcome. While the gadgets like dishwashers, vacuum cleaners, Laundromats, cars, etc., have made life more comfortable, obesity leads to many ailments like heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc. So reducing weight through exercise is a must if you want a healthy life.

Power yoga has some exercise sequences that you can do to reduce weight. Some of the poses that can help you to lose weight are the Sun salutation, Crane pose, Wheel pose, Head stand, Hand stand and Shoulder stand. Here we describe once such sequence that can help you to lose flab and reduce weight.

You can start this sequence by sitting cross-legged on a yoga mat and do a session of conscious breathing. When you breathe consciously you reduce the stress level accumulated in your system. This sets the mind at peace for the sequence to come. While in itself, conscious breathing may not enable you to lose weight, it will prepare you mentally to do so through the sequence of exercises you do.

You can start with the Wheel pose. To do this you can lie supine on the floor. Bend your legs from the knees and bring your feet closer to your buttocks. Now place your palms flat on the mat alongside your shoulders and press the floor with your feet and shoulders to lift your hips off the floor. Lift them as high as you can by straightening your arms and legs.

On each inhale you should lengthen you spine and on each exhale press your hips high. In this position your body looks like a wheel. Pause in this position for as long as you find it comfortable and then exit this step by lowering your pelvis to the floor gradually.

Now you can move on to do the Crane pose. To do this you can start from a kneeling position and bend forward to place your palms flat on the floor. Press the floor with your palms and center your body weight by shifting your shoulders forward. Now lift your right leg and balance yourself on your arms and left leg. Repeat this process by lowering the right leg and lifting up the left leg.

Once you get used to balancing your body this way, try to lift off both feet simultaneously and balance yourself only on your palms. This pose is good for your wrists, triceps, biceps, and shoulders. In addition it also helps you to get rid of the excess flab around your midriff.

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