Top 6 Yoga Poses for Weight Loss

With the growing trend of people getting more cautious of their expanding waistlines and increased instances of metabolic disorders – cancer, diabetes and others – there has been a sudden upsurge in people prioritising their health and resorting to tailor-made diet plans and fitness regimes.

Yoga is not a religion. It is a science, science of well-being, science of youthfulness, science of integrating body, mind and soul.  Yoga is not a recent phenomenon. It is an ancient Indian practice which is associated not just with the physical well-being of the body but with the overall health of a human being. If one adopts the practice as a part of everyday routine, one can actually feel the difference – mentally, physically as well spiritually. And as an added bonus, it can bring about weight loss too.

And we are going to discuss about this bonus today. Below are some techniques with which you can reduce your waistline & weighing machine numbers.

1. Surya Namaskar

It means sun salutation. It is also one of the mpst well-known and practiced asana. It consists a series of different yoga poses which focuses on different parts of your body.

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According to experts, surya namaskar keeps your body active since it exercise all possible areas of your body. It strengthens your skeletal system and also aids in relieving stress & anxiety.

2. Veerabhadrasana

Stand with feet together, toes forward, and arms at sides. Inhale and raise arms overhead, reaching fingertips toward ceiling. Exhale, and bend forward from hips, bringing hands to floor (it’s OK to bend knees). Inhale, and as you exhale, step right leg back into a lunge (left knee bent about 90 degrees, knee over ankle; right leg extended and on ball of foot). Inhale and raise arms overhead; gaze forward. Hold, then return to standing and repeat, stepping left leg back.

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This asana works on your legs, thighs, back & arms. It also helps in improving blood circulation.

3. Nauka Chalan

It is also known as Boat pose. Sit with knees bent, feet on floor, hands on thighs. With torso straight and head in line with body, lean back about 45 degrees, raising feet so calves are parallel to floor, toes pointed. On an inhale, extend arms and legs, keeping legs together. Exhale, and as you inhale, lower torso and legs 3 to 4 inches so body forms a wider V shape. Exhale and raise torso and legs. Repeat 3 to 5 times.

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Try holding the position for 10 seconds to begin with and increase the bar with every passing day. You will feel your stomach muscles going for a toss but trust me, this will kill that stubborn belly fat.

4. Utkatasana

Also known as the chair pose. In this you have to act like sitting without n chair beneath you. Stand with feet together, toes forward, arms at sides. Inhale and raise arms overhead, palms facing each other. Exhale and sit back about 45 degrees, keeping knees behind toes and abs tight to support your back; gaze forward.

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Now you need to remain in this position for at least 60 seconds while breathing normally. It may be a little difficult in the beginning to remain in this position, so try to hold it for as long as you can and stand up when you feel too much pressure. You can begin by doing this 10 times every day and increase the number every 3 days. It will tone down your thighs and melt the fat from your tummy.

5. Setu Bandhasana

Also known as The Bridge pose. Lie down on your back with your hands stretched sideways now fold your knees, spread them out and raise your body up from your pelvis area. Take support from your hands and hold the position.

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This works wonders on your hips, thighs, stomach as well as back.

6. Trikonasana

Also known as Triangular pose. It starts with a wide legged stance; turn your right foot out. Now stretch your arms out, wide open pushing the right side of your waistline over your right leg and slowly go down, facing downwards with a flat back. Keep your right palm on the ground (you can choose to keep it in front of your right foot or behind it) or on a block with your left arm stretched upwards. Repeat the other side.

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This asana works on the sides of your body, arms and thighs.

What are you waiting for?

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Chhavi Chawla

An MBA by profession, a writer by heart.Music buff,who loves to travel new locations & try new cuisines, meet new people.