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Lost weight? Keep it off with yoga!

April 23, 2009
Yoga is a great way to sustain weight loss. Those of you who have lost weight in a slow and steady fashion are likely to manage your weight loss goals better. However, there are many who suffer from the yo-yo of weight loss and gain. A regular yogic sadhana can help maintain the momentum and the focus of your fat-reduction goals.

However, after a few weeks you must increase the challenge of your sadhana or practice to ensure that you are able to tweak the momentum further. This is important since after six weeks of a same type of muscular activity, your body becomes 'bored' and may not react as enthusiastically to the programme unless variation in terms of duration and new poses are introduced.

One way to ensure that your body does not get bored with the same set is to make the practice more dynamic, which means to repeat it several times in quick succession. The other trick would be to hold the poses longer. Yet, another trick that is psychologically satisfying, is to introduce variations of the same poses, including advanced ones, to keep the mind engaged with the goal.

Simultaneously it is important to introduce yogic dietary principles in your daily life. Regular practice of these will help control emotional binging.

Shameem Akthar, yoga acharya, trained with the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, shows you four advanced poses that will help you further your weight loss goals.

Photos: Jahnavi Sheriff

Catch more of Shameem's yoga writings and information about her upcoming workshops at

This article only attempts to enthuse readers towards yoga practice and complement your existing practice. Yoga is best learnt under the personal guidance of a teacher.

Also see: Shed the flab with yoga!

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