Losing weight and reaching your weight loss goal is a fantastic achievement with many health benefits, however for many people losing weight can lead to a need to tone up and one of the best ways to tone up after losing weight is through yoga.
Yoga has a reputation as being a gentle form of exercise that is generally good for improving flexibility and helping to combat stress but in reality yoga can offer not only ways to tone up after weight loss or a pregnancy but also a method of losing weight itself. Yoga is far from being something that you do if you don’t want to do much exercise!
Through yoga you can learn how to sculpt and shape your body into the form you have always wanted and all it takes is the knowledge of how to do this and what yoga positions you should be using to achieve your goals.
One new and interesting yoga practise is that of Laughter Yoga (LY), something that is gaining in popularity thanks to it being featured in many magazines and on television programmes and also importantly to it essentially being something that everyone can do to tone up.
Laughter Yoga works on the basic premise that almost everyone wants to be happy and healthy and the method, developed by Dr Madan Kataria from India, offers not only a physical workout to help you tone up, but also provides a sense of wellbeing often missing from other forms of exercise.
Laughter Yoga involves laughing but in a controlled way, that you learn through time and from this and with regular practice you are able to gradually improve your muscle tone and grow stronger and more toned as you keep up the sessions.
This specific form of yoga works to massage and stimulate the internal organs and with your diaphragm working especially hard as you laugh, the abdominal muscles are also improved.
After weight loss the stomach area can be concerning to many and the need to tone up the abdominals is usually a priority but instead of immediately getting down to some sit ups and crunches, which can lead to back problems for some people, it is a good idea to look into how yoga can help to tone up.
By combining different yoga positions with laugher yoga can work your body from the inside out to create the sculpted body shape that you have always longed for.
The overall purpose of yoga is to unite the body, the mind and the spirit to allow a person to be able to reach their full potential and while laughter yoga can work to build abdominal muscles it also works to lift your mood, pump oxygen into your body and to make you feel great about yourself.
What makes yoga a fantastic tool for toning after weight loss, or for general toning, is that it not only has the obvious physical benefits, it also helps in other areas of the body following the main philosophy of yoga.
Yoga can work to help your posture and to allow you to complete other exercises correctly and to allow faster calorie burning while also helping to protect you from injury. Yoga also is a fantastic way to helps to relieve tensions and stress that are often triggers for binge eating for many people.
The breathing aspect of yoga is also very important because regular breathing patterns help you to exercise more efficiently and laughter yoga is a great way to help regulate your breathing for weight loss benefits.
If you are new to yoga and want to try it as a method for toning after weight loss then it can be confusing trying to work out which method of yoga is best for you because there are simply so many different forms out there but generally speaking everyone can start with laughter yoga while it is then suggested that you move onto a form of flow yoga to complete your yoga toning programme.
The flow yoga method allows you to slowly build up your strength and flexibility to allow you to complete more challenging positions without injuring yourself or pushing yourself too hard.
Some of the best yoga poses out there for toning are equally some of the simplest and as you build up your core strength, breathing skills and flexibility you will see the real benefits of using yoga for toning become apparent as you abs, legs, buttocks, back and arms all start to tone up.
Try the Willow pose to help firm the sides of your abs and the crescent pose to tone up thighs, hips and abs. For toned buttocks and thighs then the chair is a great starter pose, while the Hover pose (which is essentially a plank) works on toning up the arms, shoulders, abs and even the back.
Many people who go on a diet to lose weight forget to consider the repercussions of dropping a dress size or two on your body and if you lose weight very quickly or lose a large amount of weight then exercises such as yoga poses can help to tone up problem areas.
The best way is always prevention rather than cure though, so if you are considering losing weight or are in the process of losing weight then start your laughter yoga and yoga poses now to help your body to adjust naturally to the weight loss and to prevent having a less than toned body after weight loss.
This blog post is sponsored by Cydney Henderson At LaughWithCydney.net
Cydney Henderson is a retired teacher living in California who has spent the last 18 years teaching in the US and Canada. She now considers herself to be a food activist and has been actively promoting the practise of labelling GE and GMO foods in North America.
Now she is retired, Cydney is able to dedicate her time to food activism and sharing what she has learnt about mind, body and spirit with other health and fitness followers. You can connect with Cydney via her website by clicking here.