Yoga can strengthen, center and energize the body. But did you know that it can also help you burn fat and tone muscle, too? So, if you’re not a fan of hitting the gym and pumping weights, but you still want to slim down, consider adding these 7 power yoga moves into your daily fitness routine.
Research has found that yoga can hep you lose weight, compared to people who don’t practice this ancient mind-body workout. So, without further ado, here are seven top fat-burning postures.
Warrior Two (Virabhadrasana II)
This powerful pose increases stamina by tapping into core strength and lower body muscles. Aim to have the bent leg parallel to the floor for an even better workout.
Four-Limbed Staff (Chaturanga Dandasana)
If you practice yoga, you’ll recognize this pose as part of the sun salutation sequence. As you can see, this plank-like posture powers up the abdomen, while giving you a full-body experience.
Boat Pose (Paripruna Navasana)
To tap into the abdomen-strengthening benefits of boat pose, try holding this posture for 10 to 20 seconds while keeping your back straight.
Extended Side Angle Pose (Utthita Parsvakonasana)
The idea with this pose is create a long line, all the way from your leg to the crown of your head. Working core muscles helps you stay lifted instead of collapsing into the posture.
Warrior Three (Virabhadrasana III)
This balancing pose might appear like a quiet posture, but it powers up your whole body – especially the core.
Three-legged Dog to Half Crow Pose (Eka Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana to Eka Pada Bakasana I)
By moving from a three-legged dog to the half crow pose, you increase your heart rate, and strengthen arm, core and lower body muscles.
Crescent Moon with a twist (Prasarita Ardha Chandrasana)
Not only does this twist energize and detoxify the body, but it also focuses on core strength and lower body power. You can do this pose with either the back knee lowered to the ground, or back knee lifted (as pictured here) for a more intense workout.