Your metabolism is like a car’s engine that can make or break it’s mileage. An efficient engine makes for great mileage and lesser fuel consumption, while a damaged one might lead to a bad average and increase the money you shell out on fuel.
Now, your metabolism is mainly responsible for determining how much of the energy released by the food you eat can be utilized in performing different bodily functions (such as pumping blood into your heat, breathing, digestion, and so on) as well as during physical activities (sitting, standing, walking, running, working out, etc.). A fast metabolism can ensure a greater calorie burn and thus, a faster weight loss. A slow metabolism, on the other hand, can lead to utilization of fewer calories for these processes and thus lead to slower weight loss.
If you’re wondering what could lead to this fateful slowdown of your metabolism, Ms. Shraddha Iyer, master yoga instructor at Sarva and Diva Yoga, Mumbai, blames lack of sleep, less consumption of protein, lack of physical activity, and unhealthy eating habits for this.
However, Iyer is also quick to offer a solution to this problem in the form of these seven yoga poses that you can practice regularly to boost your metabolism and accelerate your weight-loss:
Stand with your feet 3 feet apart facing the longer edge of the mat.
Turn your right toe towards the shorter edge of the mat and the left toe towards the longer edge of the mat.
Raise your palms at shoulder level, bringing your elbows, shoulders and palms in one line, with palms facing downwards.
Inhale and extend your upper body to the right side without moving your lower body.
Now, exhale and place your right palm on the floor and extend your left palm towards the ceiling
Hold this position for a few seconds, repeat it on the opposite side, and finish 2-3 repetitions each.
Contraindication: People suffering from loose motions, chronic headaches, stomach pain, low blood pressure, and/ orheart diseases should avoid this asana.
Inhale and lift your hips up pushing your pelvis forward and the sternum towards the sky.
Hold your right ankle with your right hand and then left ankle with the left hand, fingers facing out.
Stay in this pose for a few seconds and repeat 2-3 times on both the sides.
Contraindication: People with knee issues can cushion their knees with the help of a towel while practicing this asana. People with hernia or recent back or stomach injuries or surgeries should avoid this asana.
Lie down on your back, lift your legs up and use your palms to support your back, resting your elbows down and close to each other.
Bring the buttocks, back, leg, and chest in one line.
Tuck your chin into your chest and stay in this pose for a few seconds.
To come back to the starting position, place your hips down with the support of your hand, and then place your body down slowly.
Repeat this exercise 2 more times.
Contraindication: Avoid this asana if you have high blood pressure or cervical issues.