Most of the time, we associate health issues with being overweight. There are dime a dozen diets, workouts, and lifestyle change suggestions for people to reduce weight. People talk about how they lost a large amount of weight, they post their transformation photos, and so on. However, what many people do not realize is that even being underweight is a problem and can cause many health issues. A low BMI can lead to weakened immunity and many other problems. Some people may be genetically underweight and others due to lack of adequate nutrition, improper absorption of nutrition, and adequate physical activity. Yes, lack of adequate and right physical activity can also lead to loss of weight. For those who are unable to gain weight even after a change in their diet plan, yoga can come to the rescue. There are some yoga asanas that can help a person put on the much-needed weight. We discuss 5 of them here.
1) Supta Badhakonasana
This reclining butterfly pose is one of the most effective ones for gaining weight. Not only does it improve digestion but also calms the body and mind, thus relieving a person of stress. Sit on a mat with your legs straight in front of you. Bend your knees and bring the soles of the feet together. Now lean and lie down on your back. Keeping the soles together, take your hands to either side. Breathe deeply, relax, and hold this position for about five minutes and return to the original position.
This asana helps in improving digestion. Vajrasana should be done after a meal as it helps in regulating one’s metabolism. Kneel and sit back on your heel with your thighs on the calves. Your hands should be placed on your thighs with your back straight. Hold this position for about 10 minutes taking deep breaths.
This is called the shoulder stand pose and improves digestion. Apart from this, it also helps improve muscle strength and circulation. Lie down on the floor on your back. Keeping the legs together, with your hands at your sides and palms on the floor, raise your legs to form a 90-degree angle with the floor. Hold this position for five to seven breaths while shifting your weight to the shoulders. This can be done for about 5 times.
The cobra pose improves appetite, increases blood circulation, and regulates metabolism. It also helps in improving breathing and tones the muscles. Lie down on the floor on your stomach. Keep your hands on the sides, the legs together, and palms near your chest. Press your palms down and lift your chest up. Take deep breaths for a minute and return to a normal position.
This asana or the fish pose helps improve the cardiovascular and digestive system. It also helps in stimulating and regulating the thyroid gland. Sit down in padmasana, lean back gently until your head touches the floor. Your back should be curved and off the floor. Hold your toes and be in this position for few seconds before returning to normal.
While yogasanas can be a great help for many ailments and good physical and mental health in general, they should always be performed under expert supervision or after a good practice. Practicing these regularly is sure to yield great results.