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Reduce Cholesterol Naturally with Yoga

Today cholesterol is a big problem for many people. It is a lipid found in the blood which is considered as harmful to us. But cholesterol protects our body and it is necessary for the usual functioning of the body. It builds the membranes and membrane fluids, synthesizes Vitamin D and hormones like progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone.Although it is essential, the presence of too much cholesterol in the body causes problems like blockage of arteries resulting in heart-related complications. To keep it under control take healthy foods habits and practice regular yoga for weight loss and also to look attractive do yoga for a beautiful face.

1. Kapal Bhati pranayama (Skull shining breathing technique)

 Kapal Bhati pranayama is one of the best yoga for weight loss. It enhances the metabolic rate, burns fat and as a result weight decreases. It also improves the abdominal organs and advances functioning of the digestive tract.

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Sit straight comfortably and put your hands on the knees, facing the palms to the sky. Take a deep breath and then exhale by pulling the navel towards the spine. You should do it according to your comfort. Place your right hand on the tummy to feel the contraction of the abdominal muscles. When you bring your navel into normal position, the air flows into the lungs automatically.You can take up to 20 such breaths for one round of Kapal Bhati pranayama.

After finishing the yoga keep your eyes closed and feel the sensations in your body. Repeat two or more rounds of such breathing technique.

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Kapal Bhati

2. Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend)

This yoga for weight loss not only stretches lower back, hamstrings, and hips; it burns fats from the abdomen and tones the muscles of the abdomen and pelvic region.Sit straight on the yoga mat with stretching the legs straight in front of you, bend the toes toward you.

Inhale, lift both the hands above your head and extend up. Exhale and bend forward from the hip joints and touch the toes. Breathe in, raise your head slightly and stretch your spine. Exhale and slowly move the navel towards the knees. Do this process two or three times. Now inhale, stretch the arms out and return to the normal sitting position.

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3. Shalabasana( Locust Posture)

This yoga for weight loss is helpful in lowering cholesterol, improving digestion and burning fat from the stomach etc. It also tones the muscles of the abdomen, neck, and shoulder and strengthens the arms and shoulders.

Sleep on your chest facing down. Breathe in, raise the left leg up. Make the leg straight without twisting the hip. Stay in this position and continue breathing. Exhale and bring the right leg down. Then lift the right leg and do the same by the left leg. In the next step breathe in and raise both the legs simultaneously as high as you can do keeping the knees straight. Stay in this pose for few seconds, breathe in and bring the legs down.

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4. Sarvangasana – Shoulder Stand

Sarvangasana or shoulder stand is yoga for weight loss in which you have to balance the whole body on the shoulders. Sarvangasana the name indicates the whole body exercise or the functioning of all parts of the body. This asana supplies more blood to the brain, decreases cholesterol, burns fat faster, improves digestion, decreases constipation, tones muscles etc.

Lie straight on the back and put your hands by your side.

Lift both the legs, buttocks and back support with the hands. Bring your elbows close to each other, and move them along your back. Try to straighten the legs and spine by pressing the elbows on the floor and hands into the back. Your body weight should be supported by the shoulders and upper arms and try not to put on your head and neck. Make your legs straight and firm, raise your heels higher as if your toes touching the ceiling. Your big toes should come straight over the nose. Concentrate on the toes and careful to your neck by avoiding pressing it on the floor. Breathe deeply and stay in this pose for 30- 60 seconds. If you feel pain in the neck, leave this posture.To get back to the normal posture, bend the knees, bring your hands to the floor, place palms facing down. Bring your spine and legs down gently and relax for few minutes.

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