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    International Yoga Day 2020: Lose Post Pregnancy Weight With These Yoga Asanas

    Teena Hooda, Yoga Instructor, Oga, suggests yoga asanas for losing weight post-delivery or pregnancy, in a holistic manner.
    Published -20 Jun 2020, 12:29 ISTUpdated -20 Jun 2020, 13:30 IST
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    The most beautiful journey of a woman’s life is having a child. Pre and post-pregnancy is a rollercoaster ride for any woman. Gaining weight and losing the post-pregnancy weight happens to be one of the paramount challenges in a new mother’s life. Self-care does take a backseat in light of the new responsibilities and adjusting that she needs to do during this tiring yet exciting new phase of her life. For new mothers, it’s important to focus on recovery, both physically and mentally as childbirth is a rigorous journey. Teena Hooda, Yoga Instructor, Oga, says that this is where yoga plays a huge role, it not only helps new mothers deal with postpartum emotional issues better but also ensures that they are able to approach their weight loss journey in a holistic manner.

    A new mother is constantly tired because of a lack of sleep owing to their little one’s nutritional needs and other requirements that need persistent attention. A tired mother can be a very unhappy person which can eventually take a toll on both her mental and physical well-being. Therefore, we recommend a few asanas that can aid both her emotional and physical worlds and help them thrive better. These asanas are easy and not very time consuming and hence can be practiced when convenient.

    Here’s a lowdown on some asanas for losing that excess pregnancy weight.

    Marjari Asana

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    Marjari asana or the cat pose is one of the most widely practiced asanas for stress relief. It is excellent for improving flexibility and helps in strengthening the female reproductive organs. It tones the abdomen while helping get rid of unnecessary pockets of fat, slowly but surely, and activates the process of digestion. Additionally, being on your fours also improves the circulation of both blood and oxygen in your body.

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    Dhanurasana or the bow pose enhances the flexibility of the spine, strengthens the ankles, thighs, groins, chest, and abdominal organs. It helps reduce belly fat fast. Women suffering from menstrual irregularity can also practice this asana to relieve themselves of this disorder. The bow pose is also beneficial in reducing belly fat at a faster pace and is highly recommended in weight loss programs.

    Camel Pose

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    The camel pose is known to stretch out your back muscles and work on your posture. It’s a great pose for lower back pain as it stretches your chest and shoulder, increasing flexibility in your spine.

    Virabhadrasana (2)

    The pose stretches the whole front side of the body while strengthening the thighs, ankles, and back. This is a powerful standing pose that develops stamina, balance, and coordination. It tones the abdomen, ankles, and arches of the feet. It also stretches the chest and lungs, improving breathing capacity and invigorating the body.

    Setu Bandhasana

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    Setu Bandhasana is an excellent pose to relieve fatigue from your lower back, giving your chest, neck, and spine a good stretch. It is also known to calm you by reducing your stress and anxiety.

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    A baby is precious to every mother; however, she needs to find time to invest in herself. We recommend doing some of the above-mentioned asanas while your child is napping. Alternately you can also request a family member to take over temporarily while you focus on yourself. Remember always that a happy mother raises happy children.

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    Disclaimer – Please consult your doctor before attempting any of the above-mentioned exercises.

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