Practicing yoga can lead to many benefits for your life. You become calmer and your body becomes stronger. Practicing yoga can help you achieve your goals, whether it is weight gain or weight loss. In fact, yoga can do both at the same time. While this is a bit of a paradoxical statement, but through the practice of yoga, you strengthen your body and lose fat. Muscles do weight a lot, so you get bigger muscles (and weight), but fat is lost and so for example you will look slimmer at the waist. Of course, in order to achieve the best results, practicing yoga needs to be combined with other activities and a good diet. Here are some yoga poses that can help you gain weight (or lose weight) and give you a general healthy functioning of the body:
Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
This position strengthens the back and tones the abdominals. It is also beneficial to the abdominal organs, especially the digestive organs. It also tones the kidneys. Another benefit that is very relevant to weight gain, is that it stimulates appetite and relieves flatulence and constipation.
Halasana (Plough Pose)
This pose helps tone and stretch the back muscles, the legs and the abdominal muscles. It improves the function of the thyroid, parathyroid and pituitary glands. All of the other endocrine glands are regulated by these main glands and so the overall function of the endocrine system is improved. This results in the improved functioning of all the systems of the body. This pose also activates digestion and helps with constipation, improves the efficiency of all the abdominal organs such as the spleen, pancreas, liver and kidneys. The breathing movements of the diaphragm help to massage the abdominal organs. This pose also activates the thyroid gland and thymus gland, stimulating metabolism and immunity. So this pose is very beneficial for people who want to gain weight and improve the functioning of their digestive system.
Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand Pose)
This pose improves the function of the thyroid, parathyroid and pituitary glands and also helps with metabolism. All these are crucial in helping with gaining weight and improving the functioning of the digestive system.
A regular practicing of these techniques (as well as other yoga positions) and a healthy lifestyle and a good diet can go a long way in achieving your goals, whether they are gaining weight or losing weight or a general improvement in your health.