Need to lose weight or a few inches around the middle? Try yoga. You can easily do these 7 fat burning yoga poses every day to burn calories.
Yoga is an amazing full body workout that when done properly, with high intensity, can help you shred fat smoothly, without any side effect. From peaceful, relaxing Hatha Yoga to heart throbbing, sweat dripping Power Yoga, Yoga can be adapted easily according to your requirements. Every yoga pose can be modified to burn more and more calories than ever. The longer you practise the better it is for you.
The American Heart Association suggests that losing 1 pound per week is the healthiest way to shed fat. And this a very realistic target for a beginner. To make sure you are losing weight, you must burn more calories than you eat.
The calorie and fat burning yoga poses
The sole purpose of more than 1300 yoga poses is to fine-tune your body, mind and spirit by increasing your strength, flexibility, balance and endurance. So it is not fair to write off Yoga as an exercise to just improve flexibility and not burn fat. Here are a few handpicked yoga poses that will make you slimmer with time. Patience is key when it comes to yoga. Make sure to practice these 7 fat burning yoga poses daily to get a slimmer waist aftr a few months.
Sun Salutations or Surya Namaskar
Surya Namaskar is a set of 12 postures that are performed one after another at the time of sunrise. The regular practice of Surya Namaskar improves blood circulation and strengthens heart, liver, intestine, stomach, chest, throat and legs. From head to toe, every part of the body is greatly benefitted by Surya Namaskar. Perform Surya Namaskar is fast pace and you will surely lose a huge amount of calories every day.
Chair Pose or Utkatasana
Being is this poses for 30 seconds or more makes you engage the glutes. It is safe and easy for all yogis who want to sync their body, mind and spirit and at the same time burn a lot of calories. It engaged the spine, hips and chest muscles and helps strengthen the lower back and torso. Daily practice tones the thigh, ankle, leg and knee muscles too.
High Lunge or Utthita Ashwa Sanchalanasana
Any yoga pose that forces your body to maintain balance consciously, helps your body to burn more calories than other forms of workout. Besides burning extra calories, the high lunge pose stretches the groin area, opens the hips, strengthens the legs, and arms and lengthens the spine. This yoga pose is especially good for glutes and quads.
Plank Pose or Phalakasana
This pose burns a huge amount of calories while you engage all your muscles and make your body work against gravity. It is possible to burn further calories by raising one foot an inch or two off of the mat while maintaining that pose. From 30 seconds to 5 minutes the longer you stay in that pose, the more calories you burn. This is one of the best fat burning yoga poses around.
This one is a basic yoga pose that teaches you how to find your centre and use your legs and arm muscles to pose as if you are doing push-ups. It strengthens and tones the wrists, arms, abdominal muscles, and lower back and prepares the body for more challenging arm balances. Similar to a traditional push-up, it also strengthens the muscles surrounding the spine, which helps to improve posture. Your core has to be contracted, your legs engaged, and your arms working to maintain a 90-degree angle in the elbows. This incredibly challenging pose makes your muscles work really hard, burn fat and helps you lose weight faster.
Wheel Pose or Chakrasana
It Stretches the chest and lungs and strengthens the arms and wrists, legs, buttocks, abdomen, and spine. It also stimulates the thyroid and pituitary glands, increases energy and cures depression. This asana is can treat asthma, back pain, infertility, and osteoporosis. You need to warm up for this pose. Your heart rate goes higher and you burn more fat if you perform wheel in a heated room after a long warm up.
Dolphin Pose or Ardha Pincha Mayurasana
Dolphin is similar to a downward dog, but your forearms are on the mat. It opens and strengthens the shoulders, opens the hamstrings, and prepares the body and mind to go upside down. This is a pose that both strengthens the body, the arms, core, and legs. It opens the shoulders and chest up and having your forearms on the mat fully engages your triceps, too.
Sticking to doing asanas will ensure you keep the weight off. Let us know the changes you see and feel after doing our fat burning yoga poses for 3 to 6 months.
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