If you’re looking to lose a few pounds, then you might be thinking of taking up running or another form of high intensity cardio exercise.
However have you considered yoga?
One of yoga’s many advantages is that it aids weight loss, it’s just a case of finding the perfect asanas!
To help you get started, we’ve put together a list of the best nine yoga poses for weight loss:
1. Plank Pose (Phalakasana)
Struggling to shed the pounds, particularly around your tummy? Plank Pose is a good asana to begin with.
Yoga experts describe how Plank Pose uses your abdominal muscles to the max!
By working your tummy muscles in this way, they’ll grow stronger, helping you to start shifting belly fat.
Plus it gives your body a full stretch, ideal if you want to try asanas to help relieve back pain.
2. Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)
Yoga teacher and YouTube sensation, Adriene Mishler, explains how Bridge Pose stimulates the thyroid gland.
It’s this gland that she explains is responsible for “energizing and fueling your calorie burning fire”!
Bridge Pose also has a number of other health boosting benefits, including improving digestion and increasing your flexibility.
Watch Adriene demonstrate how to practice the Bridge Pose effectively:
3. Shoulder Stand (Sarvangasana)
Shoulder Stand is not the easiest asana to master, so perhaps not one for beginners.
Yoga sequence software builder Tummee reminds yogis that the Shoulder Stand is known as the ‘mother of all yoga poses’.
That’s because it engages all parts of the body, encouraging weight loss particularly around the tummy, buttocks, thighs and hips.
It’s also thought, like the Bridge Pose, that it stimulates the thyroid gland and helps to improve your digestion.
4. Extended Side Angle Pose (Utthita Parsvakonasana)
One way to lose weight is by boosting your metabolism. Extended Side Angle Pose can give it thekickstart it needs.
Erin Dewar, owner of The Middle Way Yoga, describes how the asana stimulates the abdominal organs.
It also gives the legs a good stretch and helps you increase your stamina — perfect if you’re stepping up your exercise regime.
5. Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
Downward Dog has to be one of the best known yoga poses. It has so many benefits, includingbeing super powerful for improving your digestion.
Better digestion can be key to ensuring that your body absorbs the nutrients you need and can lead to healthier weight loss.
As you engage your abdominal muscles when practicing the pose, you’re helping to strengthen and tone your stomach.
It’s this movement that helps to get your digestive organs moving and allows your body to digest food more effectively.
6. Boat Pose (Navasana)
Another metabolism boosting asana is the Boat Pose.
Navasana was used in a trial in 2016 that focused on abdominal obesity in 60 young women.
The women undertook a maximum of 42 hours of supervised yoga practice. Boat Pose was included to work on the core.
Results showed that abdominal circumference was significantly reduced, with improvements also noted in waist/hip ratio, body fat percentage and self-esteem.
It’s worth noting that none of the participants embarked on a low-calorie diet while taking part in the study.
Researchers concluded that yoga should be recommended as a technique for combating abdominal obesity.
7. Twisted Chair Pose (Parivrtta Utkatasana)
If you’ve indulged a little too much lately and you’re hoping yoga can help get you back on track,then try the Twisted Chair Pose.
It’s great for improving your digestion and helps with detoxification, ideal if you’re looking for a way to cleanse your body.
8. Bow Pose (Dhanurasana)
Yoga school, Diya Yoga, describes how Bow Pose is the most effective asana if you want to shed the pounds.
By creating the shape of a bow, the whole weight of your body comes to your abdomen, helping to strengthen the muscles.
Bow Pose is also thought to be powerful for anyone using yoga to reduce stress and anxiety.
9. Crow Pose (Bakasana)
Start burning fat and building lean muscle by mastering the Crow Pose.
This asana helps you tone the muscles in both your arms and your core, as you find balance and strength.
Yet if you’re wanting to lose weight and feel you’re bound to fail, the Crow Pose might offer you another unexpected benefit.
Yoga content site, Yoga Merge, explain that:
Crow will give you the chance to attain a goal, overcome your fear and build great confidence. The pose requires focus and that focus can help you forget or release stress and worries.
Now you’re ready to get started, why not take a look at a few poses for beginners to ease you in!