Can Yoga Really Help You Gain Weight Fast?

Updated on January 19th, 2021
Yoga Poses to Gain Weight

Tired of hearing from your friends, “Doesn’t your mom feed you well?” Or from your relatives that “You are too thin.” Firstly, we would like to state outright that your body is yours to feel good about. There is nothing like not too thin or too thin.

However, it is essential to work out, eat well, and be healthy. If you’d like to get rid of your thin or lean frame, try yoga to gain weight [1].

Even though you’ve altered your eating habits, you still remain skinny? If this is the problem with you, then you are reading the right article. And yoga is the key to all these queries. However, it’s vital to understand the cause of your thin frame, if it’s because of some condition, distorted diet-plan, hereditary, or any other.

A healthy body is not one that is necessarily pumped and ripped; a fit body is healthy from within, high on stamina, and comprises of fit emotional well-being. Our emotions are responsible for a considerable percentage of conditions in the body.

The mind plays a crucial role in a well-functioning, healthy body. It is only natural then that yoga practitioners and enthusiasts pay close attention to meditation and other non-physical aspects of yoga [2].

A lot of things are inter-related when it comes to yoga. Therefore, there aren’t asanas which would directly influence increased muscle mass.

Instead, if one wants to gain weight, they have to regularly practice yoga postures, which will aid in better digestion and consequently increase the individual’s diet.  Yoga will bring the metabolic rate to an optimum level [3].

Yoga Poses To Gain Weight

Here are a few poses that will support you build muscle mass, relax the body, improve your digestive system, and flourish the practitioner’s appetite, hence facilitating weight gain.

1. The Warrior Pose (Virabhadrasana):

The poses in the series of Virabhadrasana may help build muscle mass. This will further increase the elasticity of the muscles. This yoga pose provides the body with the requisite energy throughout and burns a lot of calories. Hence, it helps in increasing appetite [4].

2. The Corpse Pose (Savasana):

The corpse pose is importantly regarded as one of the most effective poses for keeping the mind and body at ease. This meditative and relaxing pose is beneficial for the body’s ability to gain weight as it minimizes stress, which is a key cause in shedding weight and leaves the body peaceful. 

This asana may help you focus on being cheerful. It’s all about practicing attitudinal training and being positive because, ultimately, you need to keep the mind healthy, and that may be achieved through this pose.

3. Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand):

It helps in problems related to indigestion and also nourishes the blood flow in the brain. It can also be considered as a productive posture to build muscle strength. To perform this asana, you first need to lie down on the floor, ensure that the legs are together and the palms face the ground.

Then, lift the hips while inhaling at the same time. The third step is to raise the legs initially to about 30 degrees and then to 90 degrees and slowly take the back off the ground with your hands’ help.

Be in this pose for 15 minutes and then revert back gradually to the first position. Repeat this four to five times initially. This yoga posture comes under the inverting postures, and Sarvangasana and Legs-up-the-wall pose (Viparita Karani) are useful in obtaining muscle mass apart from maintaining the hormonal function.

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Moreover, it is further beneficial for individuals having hyperthyroid, due to which there is weight-loss, and this asana will help lessen the effect.

4. Reclining-Bound-Angle-Pose (Supta Badhha konasana):

This pose helps maintain the calmness of the mind and helps in digestion. It can support in acquiring complete control over mind and body. The pose helps in relieving symptoms of depression and stress. To do this, you need to initially sit straight on the yoga mat and fold the knees. Then, follow the below-mentioned points:

  1.   Now, gently press the soles of the feet together with the help of the hands.
  2.   Start leaning on the back now and keeping the hands beside you to avoid uncomforted posture and continue until the back rests on the mat.
  3.   Put the hands above the head in a prayer posture and inhale deeply.
  4.   Concentrate on breathing and relax.

5. Wind-Relieving Pose (Pawanmuktasana):

The pose will improve your appetite and act as a remedy for digestive issues. Also, blood circulation in the lower abdomen will be enhanced. For this,  firstly, you need to lie on the back with the arms beside you.

  1. Keep the feet together and stretch them. 
  2. Fold the knees slowly and wrap the arms around them.
  3. Take a deep breath and while exhaling out, pull the knees close to the chest.
  4. Breathe in again and try to touch the chin with the knees.
  5. Hold the breath for about 35-45 seconds initially and gently breathe out.

It is believed that in the end, our body has its own intelligence, and we are required to follow an adequate balance of dynamic (active) and passive (non-dynamic/restorative) yoga practices along with a diet that nourishes our body. Gaining weight or losing it, the motive should be to remain healthy and fit. 

If you are looking to keep the body at its natural state, a traditional hatha yoga practice is ideal for you. You can additionally also adopt anuloma viloma (alternate nostril) pranayama to bring your body into balance internally. This will regulate our hormone function, facilitating healthy weight gain where required.

Bottom Line

One may not see a significant difference initially but after prolonged and regular practice. Diet also plays an essential role along with the yoga routine. To put on weight, one should take a diet that has more calories.

However, these extra calories should be added to healthy food sources containing essential nutrients such as fiber, proteins, minerals, and vitamins. In brief, a balanced diet. This will make sure that the body is adequately nourished, putting it in an excellent position to add weight. Junk food should be skipped, nonetheless.

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