Yoga is known to be more of an exercise for the mind and soul. But did you know that some yoga moves can be for the body too?
Yes, that’s true! There are actually plenty of yoga postures that will not just reduce your anxiety but can also lower your number on the scale as well! If you are planning to lose weight, here are 5 of the yoga poses that you definitely need to try:
1. The Warrior Pose
This is one of the best yoga poses for weight loss because it helps to tone and strengthen the arms, back, thigh and shoulder muscles. The more muscles you have, the faster you can be able to burn fat!
To do this pose, assume a standing position. After that, step your left leg for as far as you can, bending your knee in the process. Keep your right leg extended behind you. Clasp your hands together and shift your torso to the right side. As you do this, try to bend your abdominal muscles for as much as you can. Hold this position for 30 seconds to a minute. Repeat the steps on both sides for 2 to 3 times.
2. The Chair Pose
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In this yoga pose, you will copy the position of a chair. This pose requires plenty of stamina, but it is amazing in building muscles in the hips, back, chest and thigh area. In addition to that, holding this position will make you sweat a lot!
To do this pose, stand up and bring your feet together. Raise your hands above your head and inhale as you do so. Stretch your arms and bend your knees a little. Again, inhale as you bend your knees. Hold this position for about 60 seconds. This pose may seem easy, but it is quite difficult so make sure to practice proper breathing as you carry out this pose.
3. Dolphin Push-Ups
This simple move can get your heart rate up, causing you to sweat more and burn more fat! More than that, it can also build muscles in the thigh and back area.
To do this pose, go on all fours. From that position, place both forearms on the ground. They should be shoulder-width apart. After that, tuck your toes and raise your hips. From this position, begin lowering your upper body towards your thumbs. Do not forget to inhale as you do so. Your position should closely resemble that of a forearm plank. Exhale and go back to the dolphin, lifting your hips once again. Do 20 reps of this pose.
4. Boat Pose
If you want to lose weight and tone your abs at the same time, this is one of the best yoga poses that you can try. The pose can also help to stabilize your core, helping you reap plenty of health benefits.
To do this pose, sit down on your yoga mat and stretch your legs. Pull up your knees and keep your thighs tight as possible. Point out your toes for as much as you can. Raise your feet off the ground and maintain them at a 45-degree angle. Inhale as you do so. Keep your spine straight and ensure that your body will make a V shape. Bring your arms to shoulder level and hold the position for 30 to 60 seconds.
5. Cobbler’s Pose
This is one of the easiest yoga poses that can help you lose weight, and you can easily do it even if you are a newbie. This pose stimulates the abdominal muscles and stretches the muscles in the knees, groin and inner thighs.
To do this pose, sit down on the mat and keep your spine straight. Bend your knees and bring your feet close together, letting them face each other (almost the same position as an Indian sit). Press the soles of your feet together and hold the position for a minute.
You may have already tried various methods to lose weight—weight loss pills, massage gels and a whole lot more. However, those solutions are just short-term, and you may find yourself bouncing back to your old weight in no time. The yoga poses mentioned above can help remove the excess pounds for good, but just like any other exercise, you need to do these poses properly, regularly and consistently if you want to see visible results.
Are you ready to make the necessary changes to your lifestyle and melt off those pounds? Go on a yoga and Pilates retreat for the perfect combo that will make your body stronger and leaner!