Yoga For Weight Loss

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Yoga Crescent

Yoga is great for stretching but a little unknown fact is that it is also effective for weight loss. Yoga Is extremely effective at burning those stubborn fat stores, especially later in life. Studies have shown that yoga lowers stress levels and increases insulin sensitivity. This signals your body to burn food for fuel rather than store it as fat. The following yoga poses are ideal for weight loss while also firming up your arms, legs and butt. Begin today and within a few short weeks you should see a noticeable difference in your body.

All you will need for this workout is a yoga mat and 10 minutes each day. Start off doing this workout 3 times a week and then increase as needed.

Crescent

Begin by standing with your feet together, toes forward, and arms at your sides. Inhale and raise your arms overhead, reaching the fingertips towards the ceiling. Exhale, and bend forward from hips, bringing your hands to the floor (it’s OK to bend your 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 your arms overhead; gaze forward. Hold, then return to standing position and repeat, stepping left leg back.

Tree Pose

Begin by standing with your feet together, arms at your sides. Place the sole of your left foot on the inside of right thigh, knee bent to side. Touch your palms in front of your chest for 2 breaths. You can touch them behind your back if you wish to make the pose harder. On the third inhale, extend your arms up, reach your fingertips toward the ceiling. Exhale, and bend your torso to the left. Inhale and straighten. Repeat 3 to 5 times, pressing your foot into your thigh and remember to switch sides.

The Rocking Boat

Start by sitting with your knees bent, feet on floor, hands on your thighs. Keep your torso straight and head in line with your body, lean back about 45 degrees. Raising your feet so your calves are parallel to the floor and toes pointed to the roof. During your inhale, extend your arms and legs, keeping both legs together. Exhale, and as you inhale, lower your torso and legs 3 to 4 inches so your body forms a wide V shape. Exhale and raise your torso and legs. Repeat 3 to 5 times.

Hover

Start by beginning in the push-up position on your toes with your arms straight. Make sure your hands are below your shoulders and body is in line from head to heels. On your exhale, lower your chest towards the floor, bending your elbows back. Keep your arms close to your body and abs tight, Hold a few inches above floor. You can make this pose harder by alternating lifting each leg off the floor as you hold the pose.

Chair Pose

Begin by standing with both feet together, toes forward and arms by your sides. Inhale and raise your arms overhead, palms facing each other. Exhale and then sit back about 45 degrees, keeping your knees behind your toes and abs tight. Gaze forward and remember to keep your back straight throughout the pose. You can make the pose harder by raising both heels and balancing on your toes.

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