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Fight Obesity with Yoga


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Of the many medical conditions that we face due to our stressful lifestyles, obesity is perhaps one of the most harmful one. Defined as a condition where excessive fat is accumulated and stored in the body, obesity is known to increase health risks like heart attacks.

What is Obesity?

According to a factsheet available on the WHO website, worldwide obesity has nearly doubled since 1980. In 2008, 300 million women and 200 million men were obese. Do these figures have you worrying about your own health? Before you start sweating, understand that you may not even be obese. Technically speaking, being obese is different from being overweight. To put it in simpler terms, a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than or equal to 25 classifies as being overweight. However, a BMI greater than or equal to 30 falls under the obese category.

What’s the Way Out?

Regardless of the category you fall under, both situations call for some serious action on your part. If you are unsure about how to get a grip on obesity, you are at the right place. To work on reducing your obesity, it is important to cut out things that are harming you and pick up things that are good for your health. For starters, make sure that you are following a healthy diet plan and are doing some physical exercise. If hitting the gym isn’t your ideal idea of workout, then lean onto the natural alternative – yoga.

Rebuilding Health Naturally

Yoga is an ancient technique that has always aimed at promoting holistic living through better lifestyle, improved food habits and a physical regime. Being a natural technique that focuses on controlled breathing through various postures, yoga is a completely harm free and perfect alternate for allopathic weight-loss pills. Whether your BMI is abysmally high or you just believe in staying fit, yoga caters to all. Here are a few yoga techniques that you can start with on the path to shedding your weight:

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This breathing technique increases the rate of metabolism and thus helps in reducing weight. It also improves digestive tract functioning, absorption and assimilation of nutrients.

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This pose massages and tones the abdominal and pelvic organs. It also improves digestion and is highly effective in reducing obesity.

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This pose improves balance in the body and builds up stamina. The abdominal organs are also stimulated by practicing this pose.

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Dandasana

This pose is an excellent abdomen toner. It is good for the upper body as it strengthens the wrists and arms.

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This pose stretches the intestine and abdominal organs. It also helps in toning the abdomen.

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This pose strengthens the abdominal muscles, improves digestion, and stimulates the intestine.

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This pose massages and tones the abdominal organs. It also improves digestion and flexibility in the body.

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This pose strengthens and stimulates the abdominal muscles. It also alleviates stress and fatigue.

Changing Lifestyle

The effect of every effort that you put in for reducing obesity can be significantly improved if an overall good lifestyle is adopted. Apart from practicing yoga, your weight loss efforts can be accelerated by following an ayurvedic lifestyle. Often referred to as the sister of yoga, ayurveda has been around for as long as yoga itself. Ayurveda is an ancient system of natural and holistic medicine that also provides guidance on adjusting the lifestyle for greater health benefits. Further, turning to ayurvedic cooking ensures that shedding weight does not turn into a sour experience for your taste buds.

Respect Your Limits

Yoga may seem intimidating at first, but is really an easy-to-approach alternate for overpowering obesity. While it may seem difficult to bend into some poses initially, being consistent in practice will help you stretch further with every passing day. It is also important to remember that your body has its own limits and it would be unwise to stretch beyond those limits just to lose weight quickly. Stretch until where your body permits and then rest in that pose, while breathing consciously.

Lose Your Weight, Not Your Mind

Yoga does not offer quick weight loss. However, it does offer long lasting effects. Initially, you may feel that you aren’t making any progress with weight loss but you’ll start feeling more active and alive inside. Eventually, the body will start responding and come back in good shape. Always remember that patience is of the essence. Don’t lose hope and be regular with your practice. Talk to your yoga instructor and chalk out a custom-made regime to help you lose weight.

A healthy body can be a home to calm and receptive mind. It not only makes you look good but also adds confidence. It also takes you away from health risks so that you can enjoy life more freely. Yoga helps you gain all this by losing what harms your body. It’s a perfect win-win situation where you lose weight and gain back control of your body. So, roll out your yoga mat and take the natural route to fighting obesity today.

Meditation Radiates Love In You – Inside Out


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Love is not an emotion; it is your very existence – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

Yet, we keep yearning for love all our life. Ironic, isn’t it? If love is our very existence, if that is what we are made up of, then why do we keep searching for love outside? Why do we base our happiness on being loved by someone else? And if we are full of love, what is it that we still lack?

Like a lit candle can light another candle, only one who has, can give. One who is love can kindle the love – Sri Sri.

Here’s a true story of Ayesha, a 20-year-old girl studying engineering from a reputed college. The only daughter of affluent parents, Ayesha was provided with all the riches that she could dream of. But, she was not happy. She always lacked something. There was a strange loneliness in her heart. Strange because deep within she wanted friends, wanted to be loved. She felt that nobody loved her so she would not allow anyone to come close. Slowly, she started feeling depressed.

Her mother then introduced her to meditation. Since Ayesha was told that it’s all about “being with yourself”, she was easily convinced to join the Sahaj Samadhi Meditation Course. After about a month of daily practice, Ayesha shares that she was no longer her depressed self and was more loving and friendly to people around. With deep content in her heart for all that life had bestowed on her, Ayesha shares, “Meditation filled the lack in my life. Complete with joy and positivity within me, I started to love myself with all imperfections. This gave me the ability to accept everyone around me, to radiate the same in my attitude towards others. My face simply mirrored the emotions I was feeing within – happiness, fulfillment and love”.

If you are loving, then you are welcome everywhere in the world. If you feel and be one with people anywhere you go, then people are ready to do anything for you – Sri Sri.

John was a perfect example to this. In his 50s, he decided to join a consultancy firm, simply to kill time. The team he was supposed to work with primarily comprised young men and women aged between 20 and 35 years. As John humorously puts it, “They were all a bit reserved in their welcome to this new ‘old’ team member. But I had no such reservations”. John was a young man at heart, full of vigor, life and love. With his jolly and loving nature, he had the ability to bring humor in any situation and keep everyone around him rolling with laughter. Soon, all his team mates started enjoying his pleasant company and would spend more and more time around him, feeling loved and comfortable.

Sharing the secret behind his jovial personality, John says, “I’m a daily meditator and meditation brings that radiance on my face, the love and charm in my presence that attracts people, despite my mature age”.

These two stories convey a single message – meditation has the ability to elicit the joy and love embedded deep within you. Only when there is inner joy and peace, it gets reflected in the world outside. When these emotions start shining on the surface, you naturally feel like sharing them with everybody around. You become more comfortable with people and vice versa. This is the magic of meditation which only needs to be experienced at a personal level.

Friendly Advice For A happy Life

  • Make meditation a part of your everyday life – it is a daily bath for your mind; keep your mind clean and happy by bathing it twice a day for at least 20 minutes.
  • Spend some time with nature – it is your best friend, really.
  • Don’t waste time brooding over the past – the present moment is a gift to you. That is why, it’s called the ‘present’.
  • Be 100% satisfied with the work you have done and then quit worrying over the results.
  • Take time out to do something creative – play music, dance or paint.
  • Before you go to bed, remember the good things you have done for somebody today – it makes you feel good.
  • Wake up every morning, look at your hands and say – “These hands will do good work today”.
  • When you are upset with someone, tell them. Communication is the best solution to every problem.

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Published By:AOL Team Buxar