One of the many benefits that you can get out of yoga is weight loss. Yes, despite what people might try to tell you, yoga can be an excellent addition to your workout if you’re trying to lose a little bit of weight.
But how can yoga help you lose weight? While many people see yoga as a slow moving and highly relaxing practice, they don’t notice what happens in between. While yoga poses move with intent and can be relaxing, there are plenty of poses that will tone out your muscles and shed fat.
Below are some poses you can do right now to get your body active and begin burning fat and losing weight.
Chair Pose (Utkatasana)
Chair pose should present some pretty obvious benefits for burning fat. Hold this pose long enough and your legs will start to burn – along with some of the fat that might be accumulating around the thighs. You can always add a twist to this to engage the core, making this pose even tougher.
Boat Pose (Navasana)
Navasana, or boat pose, is one of the best poses to strengthen your core while also losing a little weight around the belly area. When you do this pose, make sure that your back is straight so that you aren’t putting any pressure on your spine – this will prevent you from getting any back injury while also strengthening your pose!
Warrior 1 and 2 (Virabhadrasana)
Warrior 1 and 2 seem harmless enough to onlookers, but you know how tough these can be if you’ve ever done them yourself. Both poses involve a deep lunge, and your active arms should start to tire as well. If you want to make it even harder, take your warrior pose and turn it into…
Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)
From your warrior pose, just straighten the bent leg and reach the same-side arm down toward the toes while extending the other arm to the sky, in line with the shoulders. This will give your legs a slight break while also engaging your core and arms even more. Add this in with your warrior poses and you’ll feel the workout!
Plank Pose (Chaturanga)
Everybody’s favorite pose – the plank. The chaturanga plank will have you place your hands slightly behind your shoulders with your elbows bending in toward the chest. Your back should be flat as a plank, with your spine keeping its form from head to toes.
Holding the plank pose might be more than enough to start, but there are plenty of places to take this. You can do chaturanga push-ups, put your elbows on the floor for a forearm plank, alternate lifting each hand to the opposite shoulder…you can work out just about every muscle from the core up with this pose. And yes, you will sweat and feel a burn!
Remember To Breathe!
Breathing is important, especially if you’re trying to lose weight. Keeping track of your breathing can calm you down, strengthen your core, strengthen your lungs and give your heart a good workout. If you’re breathing irregularly, try inhaling and exhaling at specific times. You can quickly turn some of these poses into more of a cardio workout just by breathing.