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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

The StrengthCast PowerShow 9. COVID Can't Stop US! And Strengthen Your Core Through Yoga

Hello there Athletes and Warriors!

On this week's show we bring you more training ideas from home, as we push to get our gyms and fave' workout spaces open for biz; we press on during these whacky times. (Because we are tired of hearing about how 'unprecedented' these times are!) :(
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Strengthen Your Core Through Yoga

  • Author Yogi Vishnu Panigharhi

Yoga is an amazing way to lose weight or belly fat. In all of the postures, if done correctly, you are activating your entire body and strengthening your core. Most of the postures massage or stimulate your digestive system, which helps to increase the removal and waste in toxins from the body.

Yoga is part of a holistic approach to your well-being meaning that this is achieved through a proper and balanced diet, physical exercise, and breathing as well as meditation techniques.

Now, the physical part of yoga by itself is not enough to help you lose weight and trim belly fat. What you put into your body is just as important as what happens on the outside. Try to not eat processed foods, genetically modified foods or anything with high amounts of sodium or sugar. Treat your body as a sacred temple. The best types of foods to put into that sacred temple are wholesome grains, fresh, live organic fruits and vegetables, and plenty of water to stay hydrated. There are some gentle twisting postures which helps you increase your metabolism and move the digestion process forward. When you bring your knees into the belly, you are giving your ascending colon a gentle massage.

Practicing yoga will help you eliminate stress and anxiety, which are major causes of unhealthy eating and influence people to either overeat or choose non-nutritious foods.

If you practice regularly, you will absolutely be able to see a difference in your body, giving it a tighter and more youthful appearance. By sweating, all of the accumulated toxins in your body are released in a natural and healthy way.

If your desire is weight loss, choosing more dynamic, faster-paced classes such as Vinyasa Flow or Ashtanga would be perfect for you. Surya Namaskar is a great set of asanas for building up core strength. Doing plank and side plank along with Chaturanga Dandasana will tone all of the muscles in your abdomen, legs, arms and lower back. Finding stability in the core will keep your spine straight and entire body balanced.

Here are examples of two asanas that will directly get your core engaged and help you lose belly fat when practiced regularly:

Boat Pose (Naukasana)

Lie down on your back. Breathe in deeply and lift up your legs, arms, shoulders, head and trunk off the ground. Lift your sternum up and lean back slightly. Your arms need to be stretching forward and your legs can be either slightly bent or straight. Try to stay for 10-20 and repeat for 5 rounds.

Bow Pose (Dhanurasana)

Lie on your stomach and spread your knees hip-width apart. Grab the outside of your ankles with both hands. Breathing in, lift your chest and legs up and back. Continue to take deep breaths in this pose. With each inhale try to lift a little bit higher. After holding for 15-20 seconds, bring your chest and legs to the ground and relax.

Remember that creating a healthy lifestyle which includes eating healthy, getting the right amount of sleep and drinking enough water is just as important as the physical practice. Try to practice some of these postures mentioned and you will notice positive changes in your core and belly in no time.

After practicing yoga from very early age of 12, he decided to leave his family and friends behind to pursue the yogic path and meet his first Yoga Master - Narayan Muni at Jharsuguda Muni Samaj Yoga Ashram. It was here he took his first steps into the Himayalan Tradition. In 1988 he met his second Yoga Master - Swami Niranjan ji to learn the wisdom of the Vedas

Yoga school in Rishikesh:


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