With 2016 coming to a close, one of the most popular traditions is closing in fast. No, this is not Christmas, Festivus or even New Years Eve. With the coming of every new year, comes a strong desire to lose weight. People see this chance as a clean slate. They see the previous year as a failed attempt at life. A disastrous waste of 365 days. Hence, now they want to make it up. They flock to gyms for new memberships, throw out their stash of cookies and set all sorts of weight loss goals. Usually, these plans only last for a few weeks and people are back into their old habits, waiting to start over again the following year. However, there is a better way to approach this.
Don’t just go from 0-100 in one day. That will only lead to failure. You want to ease into your weight loss program delicately like a Christmas souffle. Are Christmas souffle’s even a thing? Of course not, but they should be. Anyway, the point here is that yoga poses are a great way to ease your mind and shed weight in the process. Just a simple Google search will show you millions of these poses but for the sake of the holidays, let’s relax and just look at top 10.
1. YOGA POSES TO LOSE WEIGHT: SETU BANDH (BRIDGE POSE)
Setu Bandh, more commonly known as the bridge pose, is one of that beginner yoga poses. It’s simple to do and best of all will help you lose weight quickly. To begin, simply lie on your back. Then, fold your knees, keeping your feet hip distance apart. With your arms beside your body and palms facing down, inhale and slowly lift your back from the floor. Roll in your shoulders and touch your chin to your chest. The point is to support your body with only your shoulders arms and feet, like a human bridge. Keep the breathing steady and hold the position for a few minutes until you come back to the first position. Now, you’re on the fast track to losing weight.
2. YOGA POSES TO LOSE WEIGHT: FROG POSE
If bridges aren’t your thing, perhaps frogs are. For some reason, yoga poses love animals so this one is the frog pose. Besides looking like a frog, this pose is a flexible way to lose weight in your own home. To begin, lie down flat on your belly. Now, take your hands back and grab your feet as you bend your knees forward. Inhale, lift your chest and squeeze your shoulders toward one other. Hold this pose for a minute and return back to normal. Hopefully, you’ll feel a good abdomen stretch afterward to lose weight.
3. YOGA POSES TO LOSE WEIGHT: FART POSE
Ok, yes there is a classier name for these yoga poses but it’s the holidays. Let’s have some fun with this! The “fart” pose, or “wind-release pose” is specially designed to help stimulate your abdominal organs, relieve constipation and help you lose weight. Furthermore, it helps reduce fat in your abdominal area. Essentially, you just lie on your back and tuck your knees into your chin. You might have to lift your head a little for this but it’s worth it. Holding that position, you might release some gas but don’t worry. It’s a good thing.
4. YOGA POSES TO LOSE WEIGHT: COBRA POSE
See? Yoga poses love animals. Hence, we have the cobra pose. This is another great pose to stretch the abdomen and lose weight. Start off by lying on the ground with your forehead touching the ground. Now, bend your elbows and place your palms below the shoulders, close to the body. Now, stretch your feet so that the tops of your feet touch the ground. Inhale gently, straighten the arms and raise the chest. Keep this up until your upper body raises into a curve. Essentially, you want to look like a cobra.
5. YOGA POSES TO LOSE WEIGHT: HEADSTAND
Who doesn’t love a good headstand? It’s a universally adored gymnastic trick and it will help you lose weight in no time. Furthermore, it’s one of the most fun yoga poses out there. The benefits of a good headstand are many. For one, it tones up the abdominal organs and improves digestion. Good digestion as we know is the key to losing weight so you want that to be regular. In addition, it calms the brain and relieves all that stress from 2016.
6. YOGA POSES TO LOSE WEIGHT: WARRIOR POSE
Look in the mirror. Go ahead. Do it. You are a warrior. You might not know it yet, but it’s true. Hence, this warrior yoga poses are the ones for you. This pose is one of the best yoga poses to lose weight. Not only does its strength and tones the arms, thighs, shoulders and back muscles, but it increases balance and stamina overall. For this pose, just stand straight, spread your legs far apart and bring your hands up as high as possible to stretch them. Now, clasp both together and turn your torso to one side. Hold these yoga poses for about 1 minute and switch sites.
7. YOGA POSES TO LOSE WEIGHT: WARRIOR POSE II
That’s right, there are more “warrior” yoga poses. You guessed it, this one also helps you lose weight. Start off by standing with your legs place away from one another. Now, move your right foot to a right side, bending the knee so that your right thigh is parallel to the floor. Start your hands to two sides, and keep them parallel to the floor. Count for 30 seconds to 1 minute and then go back to the starting position. Like the first warrior pose, switch sides and do the same thing again.
8. YOGA POSES TO LOSE WEIGHT: PADAHSTASANA
Say that word 10 times fast. Do it. Ok, now stand straight with your feet hip-width apart. When you exhale, bend from your hips and touch your feet with your hands. Try to put your palms on the soles of your feet. However, make sure you don’t bend your legs in the process. Hold the position and return to the initial one. Congratulations, you completed one of the easiest yoga poses to lose weight.
9. YOGA POSES TO LOSE WEIGHT: SEATED FORWARD BEND
Like the “fart” yoga poses, this one might make you pass some gas. Fret not, old friend, farts are the secret to losing weight. Furthermore, this is an extremely easy pose. Just sit down and lean forward to touch your toes. Now, you will lose weight.
10. YOGA POSES TO LOSE WEIGHT: SHOULDER STAND
Remember the headstand yoga poses? Well, this one is kind of like that, except you’re on your shoulders. It might look easy but this is perhaps one of the most difficult yoga poses out there. Hence, you should get a few blankets to stack and also support your head and shoulders with. From there, you want to lift your legs high up above your head so that you are doing a head stand, except on your shoulders. It’s a shoulder stand. Get it? Besides losing weight, this pose has a few unique benefits. For one, it stimulates your thyroid glands and abdominal organs. In addition, it improves digestion, reduces fatigue and tones the legs and butt organs. Alright, so butt organs aren’t a real thing but it does tone your butt region and helps you lose weight.