Yoga Asanas for Weight Gain: 5 Effective Yoga Poses to Gain Weight
Being underweight can lead to many health issues including weakened immunity. Here are some yoga asanas that will help you to gain weight.
Most of the time, the focus is on health issues associated with being overweight. You see different diets, workouts and lifestyle changes to reduce weight. Your social media is filled with body transformation photos showing how someone lost so many kilograms in a short period. However, the fact is, being underweight has its own set of problems. You are considered underweight if your BMI is below 18.5. Many health risks including weakened immunity are linked to being underweight. In many cases, people are underweight because of their genes. However, in others, it is due to lack of nutrition, improper absorption of nutrition and adequate physical activity. You need to change your diet to eat more nutritious food to gain weight. If you are unable to get rid of the thin frame even after eating right, then you should try yoga. Here are some yoga asanas that will help you to gain weight.
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1. Supta Badhakonasana (Reclining butterfly pose)
Supta Badhakonasana or the reclining butterfly pose is an effective asana to gain weight. This improves digestion and calms your mind. You will be able to control your body. It will also help relieve stress.
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How to do it: Start by sitting on your mat with your legs straight in front of you. Now, bend your knees and bring the soles of your feet together. Slowly, lean back and lie down on your back. Keep the soles of your feet together and your hand at your sides. Breathe deeply and relax. Hold this position for about five minutes and then return to the original position.
2. Vajrasana (Diamond pose, Thunderbolt pose)
Vajrasan improves digestion and it should be performed right after your meal. It not only aids in digestion but also helps in maintaining your metabolic rate.
How to do it: Start by kneeling down. Now, sit back on your heel with your thighs on the calves. Place your hands on your thighs and your back straight. Take deep breaths and hold this position for about 10 minutes, then return to a comfortable sitting position.
3. Sarvangasana (Shoulder stand pose)
Sarvangasana or shoulder stand pose is another yoga asana that will improve digestion. This pose will also improve the strength of your muscles and blood circulation in the brain.
How to do it: Start by lying down on the floor on your back. Keep your legs together and your hand at your sides with palms on the floor. Raise your legs to form 90 degree angle with the floor. Shift your weight to your shoulders. Hold this position for five to seven breaths and then return to the original position. Do this about five times.
4. Bhujangasana (Cobra pose)
Bhujangasana or the cobra pose is effective in improving your appetite, blood circulation and regulating metabolism. It also improves your breathing, stimulates your reproductive system and tones your muscles.
How to do it: Begin by lying down on the floor on your stomach. Keep your legs together and your hands on your side with palms near your chest. Now, press down your palms and lift up your chest. Take deep breaths for about a minute and the return to the original position.
5. Matsyasana (Fish pose)
Matsyasana is another effective yoga pose to gain weight. It improves cardiovascular system and digestive system. It also stimulates and regulates the thyroid gland.
How to do it: Start by sitting down in padmasana. Now, lean back gently until your head touches the floor. Keep your back off the floor and curved. Hold your toes. Hold this position for a couple of seconds and then return to the original position. Watch the video to see how to do it properly without any injury.
These asanas will improve yoru appetite, digestiona nd body strength. Practice them regularly to see the result.
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