Have you ever heard of using yoga as a means to weight loss? Yoga has been increasingly used in the weight loss community due to its effectiveness at reducing cortisol levels.
Cortisol is the stress hormone that stimulates weight gain when there are high levels present.
Yoga helps to reduce this hormone which helps you keep the weight off.
It is also great because it serves as a way to get a good sweat in and burn a ton of calories all while helping you increase flexibility throughout your entire body.
Not to mention it is a low impact form of exercise which means you won’t be placing a ton of stress on your joints.
Ok, let’s get into these 7 highly effective weight loss yoga poses for beginners.
1. Side Plank
How to: Start in a plank pose, your palms should be facing down with your hands shoulder-width apart and your legs aligned. From here, tilt your feet to the left so that the outer right side of your right foot is touching the mat and the left foot is on top of the right. Now shift your weight onto your left hand and slowly remove your right hand from the floor and straighten it towards the ceiling. Hold for 30 seconds and then alternate sides.
2. Half Boat Pose
How to: Sit on the ground and elevate your legs and arms simultaneously so that they are parallel to each other. To increase the difficulty of the movement, keep your chest up and lean back slightly to increase pressure on your core. Hold for 30 seconds.
3. Tree Pose
How to: Bring your left foot into your right thigh while keeping your back straight and chest out. Try to maintain balance without leaning over to a side. Keep your hands together touching your sternum to help maintain balance then try raising them to the ceiling. Hold for 30 seconds and then alternate sides.
4. Chair Pose
How to: Stand up with your feet shoulder-width apart and your hands elevated straight up towards the ceiling. From here, sink into your hips while making sure your knees are not ahead of your feet. Keep your back straight and continue to descend as far as you can without compromising form, hold for 30 seconds.
How to: Get into a lunge position with your hands elevated to the ceiling above you. Maintain your front leg at a 90-degree angle and keep your chest out with your back straight. Maintain balance and hold for 30 seconds then alternate sides.
6. Warrior II
How to: Get into a high lunge position with your back foot tucked slightly out. Aim to keep your front leg bent at a 90-degree angle. Extend your arms out both ways making them parallel to the floor. Hold for 30 seconds before alternating sides.
7. Shoulder Stand
How to: Start with your back on the ground and elevate your legs off the floor. From here, press your hands on the floor and press onto your upper back while elevating your lower back towards the ceiling. Place your hands on your lower back to keep yourself up. Hold for 30 seconds.