Day: January 22, 2020

5 Yoga Breathing Techniques For Weight Loss You Need to Try

It can be a complicated process to lose fat from our bodies as it is very stubborn. Apart from making individuals look bad, this fat can also bring about several health hazards like hypertension, heart attack, diabetes, and more.

A fundamental way to reduce fat is by hitting the gym. However, some people do not have access to it while others do not want to pay costly membership fees. For such individuals, a great choice would be to perform yoga breathing techniques for weight loss.

How To Get Started With Yoga Breathing

Breathing exercises may help increase metabolism and digestion. They also bring an enormous supply of oxygen to the different body parts. This additional oxygen can assist in burning the extra fat in the body. It is also possible to get toned abdominal muscles.

Yoga Breathing Techniques For Weight Loss

A study in the USA focused on studying the differences between yoga breathing and workout sessions over six weeks. The workout sessions lasted for just eight minutes.

After the conclusion of the study, users who were into yoga breathing lost around 5 kg. There was also a 6% drop in body fat levels.

It is possible to experience a similar drop by doing specific exercises. Below are some of the most effective yoga breathing techniques for weight loss you can try:

Pranayama

pranayama
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It is one of the basic yoga belly breathing techniques. Its primary function is to regulate the quantity of oxygen that goes in and out of the body. This action reduces tiredness quite significantly.

Surya Namaskar

It is capable of working on the nervous and endocrine systems. If any metabolic issues are present within the body, it can also be corrected. These issues are quite strong reasons behind weight gain.

There are 12 steps within this technique and each is accompanied by sequential breathing. This needs to be practiced over several weeks to get it right.

Pawan Muktasana

pawan muktasana
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This pose can be achieved by lying down and taking a deep breath. The knees should be brought close to the chest and the hands can be used to hold it together.

Now, the knees should be pressed towards the body. At the same time, the head should be lifted so that it goes towards the knee. Now, regulate the breathing posture by going down the pace and holding your breath for a while.

Why is breathing important in yoga?

This activity is responsible for controlling oxygen levels which controls metabolic activity.

Setu Bandhasana

This technique is popularly called as the bridge pose. It focuses primarily on the chest, neck, and spine.

After starting by lying down on the back, the feet should be kept near the hips. Even then, the feet should be kept away from each other. The torso should be slowly lifted while keeping weight balance through feet, arms, and shoulders.

At the same time, one should inhale slowly. The pose should be held for around 60 seconds before returning back to the original position.

Bhujangasana

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One of the foremost yoga breathing benefits is obtained by making the body flexible, regulating oxygen levels, and increasing metabolism. All these functions are done by this yoga technique, which is also called as the cobra pose.

You can start by lying down on the stomach and placing your hands just behind the shoulders. Now, breathe in and lift the torso so that the back forms an arch. The extension should be done until the hands are straight. Now, the pose should be held for a few seconds before getting back to the lying down posture.

Conclusion

It’s up to you to find that yoga breathing technique for weight loss that will work best for you. Just make sure you try them all and that you execute it correctly and with focus.

What are your thoughts about yoga breathing techniques? Have you tried them before? Let us know in the comments!

See Also: Yoga Helps You Love Yourself

Author’s bio: Anthony Hibbs is a psychologist who dedicated his entire life to understanding the relationship between the mind, body, and universe. He been practicing yoga since 2004 and has even made retreats in Nepal. And he’s improving the new techniques with massagers for necks.

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This cute emoji party meme is taking over Twitter

This cute emoji party meme is taking over Twitter

The internet is, generally speaking, a terrible place. Yet every so often it will spit out a delightful new meme to remind us that sometimes, when the stars align and the moonlight hits just right, being online can actually be lovely.

In the latest trend to justify the internet’s existence, Twitter users are pairing animal emojis with emojis for various objects, depict adorable scenes of interspecies harmony. 

The meme seems to have kicked off when Twitter user @psthursm posted a five-piece animal emoji band. Setting aside the logistics of how a snail would play a violin, the adorable musicians struck a chord with thousands on the website. Read more…

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Ophelia Brown’s Blossom Capital raises new $185M European early-stage fund

Blossom Capital, the early-stage VC firm co-founded by ex-Index Ventures and LocalGlobe VC Ophelia Brown, is announcing a second fund, less than 12 months since fund one was closed.

The new fund, which is described as “heavily oversubscribed,” sits at $185 million. That’s up from $85 million first time around.

Blossom’s remit remains broadly the same: to be the lead investor in European tech startups at Series A, along with doing some seed deals, too. In particular, the VC will continue to focus on finance, design, marketplaces, travel, developer-focused tools, infrastructure and “API-first” companies.

Its differentiator is pitched as so-called “high conviction” investing, which sees it back fewer companies by writing larger cheques, along with claiming to have close ties to U.S. top tier investors ready to back portfolios at the next stage.

And whilst a “bridge to the valley” is a well worn claim by multiple European VCs, Blossom’s track record so far bares this is out somewhat, even if it nascent. Of the firm’s portfolio, travel booking platform Duffel has received two follow-on investment rounds led by Benchmark and Index Ventures; cybersecurity automation platform Tines received follow-on investment led by Accel Partners; and payments unicorn Checkout.com is also backed by Insight Partners.

In addition, I understand that about half of Blossom’s LPs are in the U.S., and that all of the firm’s original LPs invested in this second fund, which Brown concedes was a lot easier to raise than the first. That’s presumably down to the up round valuations Blossom is already able to tout.

Citing benchmark data from Cambridge Associates and Preqin, Blossom says it sits in the top 5% of funds of 2018/2019 vintage in the U.S. and EU. Although, less than a year old, I would stress that it is still very early days.

More broadly, Brown and Blossom’s other partners — Imran Gohry, Louise Samet and Mike Hudack — argue that the most successful European companies historically are those that were able to attract U.S. investors but that companies no longer need to relocate to the U.S. to seize the opportunity.

“When we looked at the data it was very clear at the growth stage that, outside of Index and Accel, the most successful European outcomes were driven by the combination of European early-stage investors and top-tier U.S. growth investors,” explained Blossom Capital partner, Imran Ghory, in a statement. “From day one we prioritised building those relationships, both to share knowledge but also provide a bridge for European founders to access the best growth capital as they scale”.