The physical practices of yoga are usually times tough as it tones the body and loses weight. Many practice yoga because it decreases stress and clears the mind. In addition, maintaining a yoga practice help you have a healthy body. If weight loss improves your quality of life, incorporating challenging yoga postures will be beneficial for that particular goal.
Here are some yoga poses for weight loss.
Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar)
The muscles is warmed by the flow of controlled deep breath and movement and Sun Salutations builds heat, assists in blood flow, circulation, and helps with digestion.
Standing Forward Fold (Uttanasana)
This posture may seem passive but it is extremely active. You must bend tones the quadriceps and abdominals as well as stretch the calves and hamstrings. This active and deep fold massages the abdominal organs. It also calms the mind and nervous system, and helps reduce fatigue.
Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
Many people think that downward facing dog becomes a resting posture, however that is misconception. This pose supplies energy to ignite the entire body. To sustain downward facing dog, the muscles must support the joints and bones. So strengthen the hands, arms, shoulders, chest, abdominals, and thighs.
Warrior 2 (Virabhadrasana II)
This is one of the most powerful of yoga asana which strengthens the muscles of the upper back, shoulders and arms. Abdominal strength and using of the adductor of the hips, quadriceps, calves, and ankles for stability make balance in this posture. This posture strengthens the supraspinatus muscle of the rotator cuff that is the most commonly torn of the four rotator cuff muscles.
Warrior 3 (Virabhadrasana III)
Proper alignment in warrior 3 requires a flat back while reaching arms forward and lengthening the extended leg on the same level as the rest of the body. As strenuous as this action is to maintain, there are tremendous benefits. This yoga pose strengthens the spinal column and surrounding muscles such as the erector spinae group that runs from the cervical to the lumbar spine. Warrior 3 tones the arms, shoulders, upper back, and requires strong legs, ankles and an adequate amount of abdominal strength.
Half Moon (Ardha Chandrasana)
This posture requires immense abdominal and leg strength so as to support the body for balance. Abducting the arms away from the body strengthens the muscles of the arms, chest, obliques, and lattisimus dorsi located on the middle back and the gluteus medius contracts and adducts the lifted leg while stabilizing the supporting leg.