Yoga may be used as a way to calm your mind, but it also is a great way to get into shape and drop some weight.
Here are our Top 5 Poses for Weight Loss, they can also help lower your anxiety and center your mind. Hold each posture as long as you can, that maybe 15 to 30 seconds at first, but each time you practice, hold the posture for a few seconds longer and make your way up to the one minute mark or beyond if you can.
Holding a plank may be one of the best ways to strengthen your core. It may not look like much, but drop into plank and it won’t take long to feel it in your abdominal muscles, and small adjustments can increase the intensity even more.
Energetically draw your heels and the top of your head in opposite directions and keep your chest moving forward between your arms. Do this daily to develop your six-pack.
2. Warrior II
Pose as if you were a warrior ready for battle. To get the most out of this posture, try to bend your front knee so your thigh is parallel to the floor.
The longer you can hold this position, the tighter your quads will get. The secret is to calm the mind and just breathe. Remind yourself, you are a warrior, hold for as long as you can then switch sides.
3. Bridge Pose
The Bridge pose is great for the thyroid, glutes and weight loss. The action of reaching your chest toward your chin gently massages the thyroid gland to activate this all-important metabolism-regulating hormone.
Pressing down with your feet engages your thighs and butt muscles. It also helps stimulate the abdominal organs to keep your digestion working properly, or correct the issues that are present. The longer you can hold the Bridge Pose, the more your butt will benefit.
4. Bow Pose
Looking for a way to get rid of your belly fat fast? Well, the Bow pose can help. You can get deeper into the pose by pulling your hands and feet in opposite directions until only your abdomen and pelvis are touching the floor or mat.
Not only does Bow pose help massage the abdominal organs to improve digestion, but it’s also an amazing way to strengthen your thighs, chest, and back. You can build more muscle and burn more fat by engaging the muscles of your arms and legs.
5. Downward Dog
Looking for a way to tone your total body? Then Downward Dog is the pose for you. With a little extra attention to certain muscles, this move goes from a resting pose to a very dynamic way to strengthen your arms, back, and thighs.
To get the most muscle-toning benefit, you’ll need to engage your thigh muscles as you rotate them inward, and do the same with your upper arms. Continue to press down through your hands and heels. Hold it for as long as you possibly can...and don’t forget to breathe!