5 Yoga Asanas to Gain Weight

Many may not believe this but weight gain poses as great a challenge as losing excess weight. Being underweight is also synonymous with health problems like poor metabolism, poor appetite, low immunity, osteoporosis, etc.

Yoga is excellent for building stamina, strength, for improved flexibility and help the body heal. It regulates functioning of the nervous system, internal glands and keeps our system in radiant health. Here are a few yoga poses for effective weight gain.

1. Vajrasana or diamond pose:

Kneel down with lower legs stretched straight backward and toes crossing each other.
Sit on the heels – your buttocks should sit on the heels and thighs on the calf muscles.
Sit straight with the head facing forward and hands on your knees.
Close your eyes (optional) and focus on breath observing inhalation and exhalation.

2. Bhujangasana or Cobra Pose:

Lie prone on the floor. Stretch your legs back, tops of the feet on the floor. Spread your hands on the floor under your shoulders. Hug the elbows back into your body. Press the tops of the feet and thighs and the pubis firmly into the floor. On an inhalation, begin to straighten the arms to lift the chest off the floor, going only to the height at which you can maintain a connection through your pubis to your legs. Press the tailbone toward the pubis and lift the pubis toward the navel. Hold the pose anywhere from 15 to 30 seconds, breathing easily. Release back to the floor with an exhalation.

3. Shavasana or Corpse pose:

Lie on your back with feet together. Rest your hands on your sides, palms facing the body. Keep your eyes closed and inhale and exhale deeply. Relax your body and continue for 3-5 minutes.

4. Shoulder Stand:

Holding yourself in an inverted position reverses the effects of gravity on the digestive organs, helping stimulate the movement of stuck wastes, relieving gas pains, and inducing an overall restorative effect on your digestion. It’s best to practice this pose before you eat or a few hours after, to avoid acid reflux.

5. Matsyasana or Fish Pose:

Lie on your back with feet together. Keep your arms on your side with palms facing downwards. Bring your hands under your buttocks. Press down your elbows on the floor and arch your spine and tilt your head backward making sure that your head is still resting on the ground.

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