How to lose weight with yoga

How to lose weight with yoga

Yoga, an ancient method to stay fit, has been around for centuries in India, but it created a rage only a few years ago when Westerners realized its importance and benefits. You are likely to find yoga studios everywhere in the West, and thanks to its popularity, India too has woken up to its benefits. Now, many yoga classes have popped up and many gyms too offer yoga.

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If you are struggling to lose weight, you can incorporate yoga in your fitness regimen and see the results soon. Celebrity yoga expert Danielle Collins lists out some yoga poses that can work wonders for losing weight. Here’s how to do them to reach your weight loss goals. These poses are best for targeting the belly fat which is one of the most difficult areas to shed weight from.

This exercise will build core strength which is essential to help you not just shed flab but also strengthen your body. To do this pose, be on all fours on a yoga mat and lift up one leg and extend the opposite arm. Hold this Static Tiger Pose for three deep breaths. Bring back the arm and leg to the starting position and swap sides, extending the other arm and opposite leg, looking down towards the mat to keep the spine in line and take three deep breaths.

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Losing flab from the waist and sides or your love handles is also tricky. This pose will trim and define the waist while also exercising the spine. Sit in a crossed leg position. Bring your hands by the side of your hips as you lengthen the spine. Bring one hand across to the opposite knee, rotate the spine and look over one shoulder in to a Sitting Spinal Twist. Inhale. Exhale and go back to the starting position. Swap sides and rotate and look over the other shoulder. Inhale. Exhale back to the center

Come to a semi supine position, lying on your back. Feet flat on the floor, chin tucked in to the chest, hands down by your side. This position allows the back muscles to completely relax and the spine to come in to the correct alignment. Next we will be going in to the Lift and Twist Crunch

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This is a Pilates exercise and is excellent for trimming the waist and toning the tummy. Bring the hands behind the back of the neck, lift and twist the upper body to one side and bring elbow towards opposite knee. Inhale and lower your back down. Exhale, lift and twist towards the other side, inhale return to starting position.

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Keep this movement going and you can start to speed it up a little bit. Keep pulling the lower tummy muscles up and breathe deeply. To advance it further, you can start to tap the heel of the extended leg on to the floor. This will work the lower tummy muscles even more therefore giving support and strength to the lower back. Aim for 30 seconds in total.

How to lose weight with yoga

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