The harmony of the internal and external being is very important in yoga. For a sense of drive, direction and clarity in your practice, people should sort out their intentions before beginning the asanas.

Step 1: Focus & Fixate
Intentions vary greatly for everyone. The same poses could have multiple benefits—health, mind-body balance, fitness, meditation. But, if weight loss is on your mind, then direct all your energies to that one goal alone.

Step 2: Live In The Now
Yoga is all about staying in the moment and experiencing the union of your mind, body and soul. Setting an intention helps you enjoy and be aware of this union without any distractions of the past or future. Trying to battle the demons and sort out the arguments in your mind while you practice yoga is counter-productive.


Step 3: Process The Change
Once intention setting becomes a habit and you’ve conditioned yourself to instinctively get in the right frame of mind for practice, move on to developing goals that affect your physical being. This is the right time to quantify your intentions. Set targets, goals, and objectives to stay focused and evaluate the results.

Step 4: Permanent Fix
Weight loss is about a change in lifestyle that can be a more permanent solution, only if you learn to live the change. From eating small frequent meals to regular practice of your asanas, discipline is of the essence.

All this and a little patience is enough to make a significant change on the weighing scale over time. And, remember to re-orient your intentions and goals once you’ve achieved the weight loss target and reached the weight maintenance stage.

PS: Here’s your one-stop guide to Yoga Asanas For Weight Loss.
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Nisha Gulati is a fitness expert and model originally hailing from New Jersey, USA. She is a certified Bikram Hot Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Instructor, health and fitness columnist for Hyderabad’s widely read B Positive Magazine, a trained Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Bhangra, and giddha dancer. She also has trained in Kalaripayattu a martial arts form in Kerala. Yoga has been a source of great discipline, inspiration and positivity for Nisha who has been teaching at studios in Mumbai India, Phuket Thailand, Marina Dubai and Vancouver Canada.