Early morning yoga asanas and kriyas to rev up your metabolism

Practice these yoga asanas and kriyas to boost metabolism and see the energy kick you get everyday!
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Vanshika Sharma Published: 8 Sep 2022, 08:59 am IST
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Who doesn’t want an energized morning, where you’re totally reset and recharged for all that a day has to offer? Well, to make sure you stay afloat and have the energy it takes, make sure you practice a morning routine which includes ways to boost metabolism.

Metabolism is that important body process which turns the food you consume, into energy. And for every person who aspires to be healthy and fit, there is a basic requirement of a healthy metabolic rate. There are various quick and efficient strategies to speed up metabolism.

It is important to note that while increasing metabolism may aid in calorie burning and weight loss, it must be a part of a comprehensive plan that also includes a balanced diet and exercise.

Surbhi Sachdeva, a certified yoga teacher, shared on Instagram some some early morning yoga poses and kriyas to boost your metabolism.

Ways to boost your metabolism through yoga

Before we tell you what the expert suggests, let us share that it’s best to do these yoga asanas empty stomach.

1. Malasana

Malasana makes the legs, ankles, and feet stronger. Additionally, it frees up space in the spinal column and lumbar spine. This position also strengthens and expands the hips. The expert suggests drinking warm water in malasana pose to boost metabolism.

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Malasana is also great for your pelvic floor, legs and it can shoo away a hangover too. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

How to do it?

* Put your feet approximately a mat’s width apart and stand.
* To enter a squat, bend your knees and bring your butt down toward the floor.
* Your toes naturally want to point out, and that’s fine, but try not to overdo it. You eventually try to keep the feet somewhat parallel.
* Maintain a straight spine, a butt that is moving toward the floor, and shoulders that are relaxed and spaced apart from your ears.
* Hold this position for some time, and then straighten your legs to exit.

2. Mukha dhouti

One of the Shatkarmas (or Shatkriyas), which make up the yogic system of bodily purification methods, is Dhouti. It primarily aims to clean the entire digestive tract, but it also has an impact on the respiratory system, external ears, and eyes. In Pranayama, or any other yoga pose, mukha dhouti helps to rhythmically and cooperatively synchronise our breath.

How to do it?

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* Keep your legs shoulders width apart
* Bend slightly forward
* Place your hands right above your knees
* Inhale through both nostrils
* Forcefully blow out through the mouth
* Contract the lower abdominal muscles and the pelvic floor muscles.
* Release the abdomen and pelvic floor muscles.
* Breathe in and repeat 8-10 times.

3. Agni sara

It literally means to wash the fire chakra (Manipur Chakra), which is located in the centre of the navel. Agni means fire and Sara means wash. Additionally, this yoga asana boosts the immune system, improves digestion, and raises body temperature, which helps the body burn off toxins. Diabetics can benefit from it as well.

How to do it?

* Inhale through the nostrils
* Exhale through the mouth forcefully
* Flap your stomach in and out retaining the breath out
* Release the belly and breathe in
* Repeat it for 8-10 times.
* Then come back to the rest position.

4. Kapalabhati

This one yoga practice of Kapalabhati resolves all gastric disorders and helps digestive issues. Kapalabhati practice aids in the relief of gas, indigestion and constipation. This yoga pose can be used to treat insomnia. It increases endorphin production, which helps to improve your mood.

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Kapalbhati has massive health benefits. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

How to do it?

* Sit in a comfortable meditative posture with head and spine straight.
* Rest your hands on your knees in chin mudra
* Close your eyes
* Inhale through the nostrils
* Exhale through the nostrils forcefully and contract the abdomen each time
* Inhalation is passive and effortless
* Keep the face and mind relaxed

5. Bhastrika

Bhastrika, often known as “bellows breath”, is a classic breathing technique used in yoga. This aids in boosting Prana, or life force. It is frequently used to enliven the body and focus the intellect. Bhastrika will clear the air if you’re feeling cloudy or that time is passing slowly.

How to do it?

* Inhale, raise your arms up with open palms.
* Lower them and close the fist while exhaling
* Inhalation and exhalation both are forceful.
* Breathe through the chest, not the abdomen
* Followed by retention of a full yogic breath

The last word

These are a few morning practices you might adopt to boost your metabolism and digestive fire. As per the expert, these practices should be avoided if you are pregnant, have high blood pressure or have a pre-existing heart disease.

While some people may benefit from these techniques, not everyone may find these suitable for them. It is always preferable to receive instruction from a yoga teacher when learning new techniques!

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