Most of us fall victims to our food cravings and don’t think twice about indulging in our favorite delights as much as we want. However, if not kept under a check, this can set off a regular cycle and result in more serious eating disorder. Self-control and discipline do not always come easy, specifically with food cravings, but there is a solution which has proven to be very effective – Yoga. No other health regime will help curb that unwanted hunger better than daily practice of yoga.
Regular yoga practitioners have observed how yoga can help curb excessive hunger. Interestingly enough, it is observed in the regular yoga practitioners that yoga does not only keep their bodies fit, relaxes their minds and provides them with a greater sense of satisfaction with their bodies but it also instills in them a sense of self-discipline. Therefore yoga is more often than not accepted as one of the most effective methods to curb hunger and control your eating.
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In fact, did you know that regularly practicing yoga is cited to be more beneficial than practicing aerobics or going jogging to curb hunger? Surprised? Well, eating disorders such as untimely and excessive food cravings are more to do with psychological factors such as low self-esteem, depression and anxiety, which often make it harder for us to resist food.
Yoga, being a holistic, wholesome regime-which besides nurturing our body also nourishes our mind and spiritual being-is regarded more helpful than other fitness regimes.
Simple Poses of Yoga to Curb Hunger
Yoga sessions usually combine various breathing exercises, poses and meditation. Should you ever see yourself struggling to agree with either of the little angel and devil hovering over you and quarreling over if you should eat that cheesecake or not, listen to none of them! Instead, shake them off, quiet your mind and practise the following simple yoga poses.
• Stand up with your back about a foot from a wall and with your feet apart. Distance between your feet should be equal to your hip-width.
• Lean back against the wall and then slowly bend your knees, folding your upper body in forward direction in a way that it bends your belly and chest to your thighs.
• Take a few breaths, say about 6 while focusing on exhalation and then gradually roll up, until your back is leaning against the wall again.
• Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and relax yourself! Repeat 3 to 4 times as per your bodily strength.
Child’s Pose (Balasana)
• Kneel down on the floor and rest your hips on your heels. Keep your knees hip-width apart.
• Next, inhale deeply and exhale. Now gradually bow your chest forwards and when fully bent, nestle your stomach and chest on top of your thighs. If your body allows, try to place your forehead on the floor.
• When you have reached the above described position, relax your hands on the floor. Your hands can either be extended towards front, with palms facing downwards or they can be tucked behind, with palms facing upwards.
You can stay in these above described two poses for as long as your body comfort allows you. Practise these poses 3 to 4 times.
So next time, if you fall victim to food craving cycles, all you have to do is burn off some energy to keep your mind in control. Try practising the above mentioned two poses regularly and observe yourself developing that self-control and discipline through yoga which will control your food yearnings, making you eat less and keeping your body fit.