Are you looking to lose weight, but feel like traditional methods like intense training and dieting are simply not working for you? If so, you should consider a new approach. Yoga has been found to be an extremely effective and comfortable form of exercise that can help you to safely and effectively lose weight, both in the long and short-term.
Two-Legged Downward-Facing Dog
This two-leggged downward-facing dog is a great pose for those looking to start an overall body workout from the comfort of their own home. Begin in a plank position with your hands and feet firmly planted on the ground. Exhale and lift your hips up in the air creating an inverted V shape with your body. Straighten yourself out as much as you can. If you would like to go further, try bending your right leg back and bringing your right foot up off the ground. Then switch sides.
The tree pose is one of the most recognizable yoga poses and is an excellent choice as a beginner’s pose. Start by standing still with your handstogether in front of your chest and your feet planted firmly on the floor. Then move your right foot off the ground and press it against your inner thigh. Try to stretch your arms up into the air, either raised up above your head with your palms pressed together, or straight out alongside your body. Stay here for several deep breaths before swapping legs.
Warrior II Pose
Warrior I and II are variations of the same pose and provide excellent benefits for your core and lower body. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and your hips facing forward. Turn your left foot out so the entire sole is flush with the ground. Bend your right knee to a 90-degree angle, ensuring that your right thigh is parallel to the ground and your right knee is directly above your right ankle. Stretch your arms out and directly out to your sides in line with your shoulders.
Bridge pose works your glutes and hamstrings as well as your core and back. Lie on your back and bring your feet close to your butt with your toes pointed up towards the ceiling. Put your hands on either side of your body with your palms facing down. Exhale and lift your hips off the ground, trying to rotate your chest to the sky and pressing your feet, legs and arms into the floor below you. Hold in this pose for a few breaths and exhale as you gently lower your hips back down.
Yoga poses are an easy and effective way to start your journey to weight loss. Choose poses that feel comfortable to you and use them consistently over time. You’ll soon see results as your body becomes stronger and firmer.