“For me, yoga is not just a workout – it’s about working on yourself.” ~ Mary Glover

Few years ago I started gaining weight. Even though I was exercising regularly, after a certain age the metabolism decreases and you start adding pounds, especially in the mid-section. Both of my parents are diabetic and I have the chances of getting diabetes too. So I was determined to decrease my weight and reduce the chances of getting diabetes. I did some research on the internet and found Yoga is a good remedy for reducing weight and diabetes. So I reviewed a lot of yoga web sites.

I tried several asanas for few months. Some asanas are effective, and some asanas caused me neck pain, back pain and shoulder pain. I narrowed down to these following asanas that I have been practicing since past four years that are not difficult to do and are very effective in improving general body health, weight loss and reduce the chances of getting diabetes.

Making time for yoga should be easier than any other kind of fitness routine because it is totally portable and can be done anywhere and with very little in the way of equipment. If you cannot get a local yoga class at a studio, you can easily practice at home.

Get up 20 minutes early and do pranayama and a few asanas. Doing a little bit of yoga 3 or 4 times a week is better than doing yoga for an hour once a week. It starts to create a healthy habit the more you do it!

If you are not used to exercise or have not been formally introduced to yoga techniques of breathing and relaxation, then your first tip is to start out slowly. Pay attention to what your body is telling you and do not strain or force any position that causes pain that indicates possible injury. A little soreness is perfectly okay, but really you should start out slow enough not to have any physical hindrances the following day.

Please note, the Yoga Asanas described here are for information purposes only and are not meant to replace professional medical treatment. Before beginning any Yoga program, always consult your health care professional.

“One becomes firmly established in practice only after attending to it for a long time, without interruption and with an attitude of devotion.” ~ Yoga Sutra I.14