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Apkallu

France
104 Posts

Posted - Jul 23 2015 :  10:32:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Message
Hello All,

I started Asanas 4 months ago with Samyama (after two months of Pranayama/DM) and it seems to me this is the exact time when I started losing weight.

I was a muscular 6 feet and 84kgs man, but I have now lost 5 kgs and lost much weight in muscles since then.

Obviously, I am not that hungry anymore and have to force myself eating. As "Food is King" for muscles, this must be the main reason.

But I also suspect prana (that I first felt 4 months ago) to burn everything inside and especially to greatly increase my metabolism thus burning fat and muscles ?!

In the meantime, all these gaz in the cauldron do not help my belly whatever I melted a lot of stuff...

What can I do to gain muscles again ?
I imagine it does no good to struggle against what yoga is doing which should be btw, a good thing (ie getting thinner)

The funny thing is that my strength increased pretty much in the mean time

BlueRaincoat

United Kingdom
1089 Posts

Posted - Jul 23 2015 :  11:00:25 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi Apkallu

Sounds like you're shaping up nicely.
Since your strength is increasing, your muscles must be in very good shape. Are you working out as well as doing asanas?

By the way, why do you want bulky muscles? (just wondering)
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Apkallu

France
104 Posts

Posted - Jul 23 2015 :  11:40:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
quote:
Originally posted by BlueRaincoat

By the way, why do you want bulky muscles? (just wondering)



EGO stuff I know
But I like being muscular, I feel great like this and it is especially useful for my weekend homeworks (cutting wood, lifting heavy things, etc.)

So I do work out 5 times (light sessions) a week to be in shape but not looking like huge muscular guys either
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BlueRaincoat

United Kingdom
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Posted - Jul 23 2015 :  3:10:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
I don't know if this is going to be any help, but I don't think everyone likes bulky muscles. I don't particularly appreciate them (one example). I may be too far gone down the yoga way, but the image a culturist's body brings to my mind is a scene from a film called "The silent Flute" - slender guy fighting with his (well disciplined) mind, thrashes this other guy who was just a large pack of muscles. Moral: There are better ways to spend your time than growing biceps.

In the end it's a matter of taste I suppose.
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kumar ul islam

United Kingdom
601 Posts

Posted - Jul 23 2015 :  4:07:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
Before yoga chop wood and fetch water ,after yoga chop wood rest and look at the clouds then fetch water drink and wonder how the water came into being
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Apkallu

France
104 Posts

Posted - Jul 29 2015 :  11:30:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
quote:
Originally posted by BlueRaincoat

I don't know if this is going to be any help, but I don't think everyone likes bulky muscles. I don't particularly appreciate them (one example). I may be too far gone down the yoga way, but the image a culturist's body brings to my mind is a scene from a film called "The silent Flute" - slender guy fighting with his (well disciplined) mind, thrashes this other guy who was just a large pack of muscles. Moral: There are better ways to spend your time than growing biceps.

In the end it's a matter of taste I suppose.



I would not say being 5.10 feet tall and weighting 185 pounds is having bulky muscles
Practicing the "Systema" russian martial art, I do know bulky muscles are far from being efficient in street fighting
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Meeraj

India
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Posted - Sep 15 2015 :  02:07:56 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
Well, Apkallu, coming back to your problem, you think that after doing asanas, you started losing your weight. Here I want to bring your attention towards a fact that yoga helps you building stamina and strengthening your core body. It is just your assumption that ever since you started doing it, you began to lose you weight.

Trust me, you are just shredding extra flab from your body as pranayama helps the yogi to shred extra flab.

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Holy

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Posted - Oct 08 2015 :  6:58:34 PM  Show Profile  Visit Holy's Homepage  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi Apkallu,

don't worry prana does not burn your muscles away :D Your body can be in good shape, be flexible and pranically vibrant at the same time. This is also how the human body loves to be. But if decreased hunger did reduce your muscles and you feel unhappy about it, means if your body is unhappy with it, then try adding more proteins to your diet together with some carbs. After some weeks to months when the body is happy, you can decrease the carbs to normal levels and keep the proteins.

But if you are healthy, strong and your body is happy, then let it flow the way it happens :)

Happy practice and workout friend ;)
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Apkallu

France
104 Posts

Posted - Nov 10 2015 :  07:55:10 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks Meeraj and Holy.

I quit smoking 9 days ago and that should help too ;)
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Ecdyonurus

Switzerland
479 Posts

Posted - Nov 10 2015 :  10:44:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi Apkallu. Congratulations for quitting smoking!! My wife did 9 years ago, never smoke a cigatte since, does not feel any urge to smoke again even when other people smoke around her. And she smoked A LOT.
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Apkallu

France
104 Posts

Posted - Dec 08 2015 :  07:22:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi Ecdyonurus,

I am pretty sure you have the same name on Insight Timer ;)
I am "Laurent"
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Ecdyonurus

Switzerland
479 Posts

Posted - Dec 08 2015 :  09:09:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi Apkallu, yes, I use the same nickname in the yoga websites and apps that I use.

I checked "Laurent" in Insight Timer and found about 60... ehich one are you? :-)
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lalow33

USA
696 Posts

Posted - Dec 08 2015 :  11:00:43 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
Kundalini awakening caused a rapid 15lb wt. loss initially, but I've gained it back over a year or two. No worries.
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Rae

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Posted - Sep 11 2016 :  3:21:18 PM  Show Profile  Visit Rae's Homepage  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
quote:
Originally posted by Apkallu

Hello All,

I started Asanas 4 months ago with Samyama (after two months of Pranayama/DM) and it seems to me this is the exact time when I started losing weight.


Which Asanas did you do?
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kensbikes100

USA
103 Posts

Posted - Feb 14 2017 :  06:25:51 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
quote:
Originally posted by Rae

quote:
Originally posted by Apkallu

Hello All,

I started Asanas 4 months ago with Samyama (after two months of Pranayama/DM) and it seems to me this is the exact time when I started losing weight.


Which Asanas did you do?



I'm curious about that, too! I've found asanas to give strength and flexibility, but not to accelerate weight loss.
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Ecdyonurus

Switzerland
479 Posts

Posted - Feb 14 2017 :  07:35:08 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
IMO yoga asanas, when well designed, can help bring balance (back) in the body. For someone who is overweight this will lead to losing weight until balance is achieved. A skinny, weak guy will experience muscle growth because that' what he needs. In my case, asana practice had a huge impact on posture because that's where I was out of balance, but my weight is unchanged.
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kensbikes100

USA
103 Posts

Posted - May 12 2017 :  06:42:32 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
Ecdyonurus, this is very interesting; a set (or a sequence?) of asanas that better promote weight loss! Can you share it? Or can we talk about it off-line?
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