Each individual is different. We all are born with a unique chemical makeup influenced by the genes passed down to us, our environment, age, gender, proportion in lean body mass, the condition of our thyroid gland, and last but not least, the sort of lifestyle we lead.
When it comes down to concerns like excessive weight gain, weight loss, indigestion and lethargy, our metabolism (the rate at which a network of hormones and enzymes convert food to fuel and in turn burn that fuel) is to blame. And this process differs from person to person resulting in different body types, energy levels and overall well-being.
Here are a few yoga poses that will keep your metabolism in top form:
Step 1: Sit down in Vajrasana.
Step 2: Grab your heels from behind, placing your thumbs outside and fingers inside (just the way you would place your hands in the back pocket of your jeans)
Step 3: Tuck your chin in to your chest tightly, and then pull your stomach in as you exhale and roll forward.
Step 4: Touch your forehead to your knees, allowing the top of the head to touch the floor. Keep your eyes open and gaze at your belly. Keep the breathing strong and consistent through your nose; make sure the mouth is closed.
Step 5: Now roll forward, rounding your back until your arms are straight and elbows locked. If there happens to be a gap between your forehead and knees, bridge the gap by walking your knees up one by one. Do not move your head.
Step 6: Keeping your heels together and grip tight, without letting go of your heels, lift the hips and hold for five counts.
Step 7: Gently drop your hips back on your heels, spine straight and chin up at the end to exit the pose.
PS: Complimented best when preceded by a backward bend such as Ustrasana/Camel Pose, when the body is warm.
Naukasana Or Boat Pose
Step 1: Lie flat on your back, arms by your sides. Relax your body and maintain normal breathing through your nose.
Step 2: Inhale slowly and lift both legs up to a 45 degree angle; your legs must be straight.
Step 3: Now raise your upper body to reach for your legs with both your hands. Hold your breath in the posture for 10-15 seconds.
Step 4: Exhale slowly and exit the pose to start position.
Dandayamana Bibhaktapada Janushirasana Or Standing Separate Leg Head To Knee Pose
Step 1: Keep your feet together. Arms up over your head, palms together in a namaskar. Be sure your arms are glued to your ears.
Step 2: Using your right foot, step to the right, three feet apart.
Step 3: Turn your body to 180 degrees to the right, and align your hips.
Step 4: Tuck in your chin to your chest, locking your throat.
Step 5: Next, suck your stomach in; exhale as you bend forward from your waist in a controlled motion.
Step 6: Touch your forehead exactly on your knees as you keep your eyes focused on your belly. If the forehead does not touch the knees, bend a little.
Step 7: Attempt to stretch your hands (in namaskar still) beyond your toes (lengthening the spine).
Step 8: Place more weight on to your front leg to get your hips in one line. Be sure that your chin is tucked and throat is locked.
Step 9: Maintain your focus on your belly and breathe in and out through your nose normally with your mouth closed.
Step 10: If your knee is bent, attempt to lock it again if you have no pain the knee or back region. The back leg must be locked the entire time.
Step 11: Slowly exit the posture, releasing your chin at the end. Now, repeat on the other side.
It is important to know that proper nutrition and a consistent yoga practice are the only remedies to naturally balance out your bodily functions and heal it from the inside out. So grab a mat and start practicing these asanas diligently every day, and watch your metabolism improve over time.
Image Courtesy: BikramYoga for Standing Separate Leg Head To Knee Pose