While any exercise is better than no exercise, yoga is the best resort to hunger pangs, cravings, and the sweet tooth. This is because its impact is not just on fat storage, but also on the brain chemistry itself.
It employs pressure points which massage and work-out the lymphatic drainage system and the fat-storing liver. It also works on not just the major skeletal muscles, but also the muscle fibers that surround them, thus enhancing the metabolic rate that burns fat even while at rest. But the best impact, as noted earlier, is on satiation signals.
Hunger levels even out to meet individual need, unlike with other exercises like swimming, running etc where the hunger levels go up dramatically immediately after a bout of action. Since the best way to do yoga is meditatively, it also muscles will power so that you are doubly armoured against harmful cravings.
In asanas or yoga poses, important acu-points are activated, while in pranayama or breathing practices nerves that control or release feel-good factors and inner triggers (like hunger etc) are tweaked. This explains why the impact of yoga on energy levels and hunger control is so powerful.
Text: Shameem Akthar
Photographs: Jahnavi Sheriff
Catch more of Shameem's yoga writings and information about her upcoming workshops at jaisivananda.blogspot.com.
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.
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