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Top 10 Yoga Poses for Weight Loss

Yoga is one of the oldest most effective forms of discipline. It is also one of the most famous forms of discipline up until now. Celebrities and famous personalities swear by it. But yoga is not just a stress buster but it is also a great workout for burning calories and maintaining a fit body. Yoga has been proven to lower stress level and to increase insulin sensitivity. Insulin helps the body burn food as fuel instead of storing it as fat. There are a lot of benefits of yoga especially when it comes to weight loss. Here are the top 10 yoga poses for weight loss.

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Crescent Pose

Stand straight with your feet together and your arms at your side. Inhale and raise your arms over your head. Your fingertips should be reaching towards the ceiling. Exhale and slowly bend one foot forward while bringing your hands to the floor. Inhale. Exhale and step the leg back into a lunge. The other leg should have the knee bent to about 90 degrees, the knee over the ankle. Inhale and raise arms further, gaze forward then hold. Return to standing position and then repeat using the other leg. This will strengthen your abs, hips and thighs.

Willow Pose

Stand straight with your feet together and your arms on your side. Put your left sole on your right thigh. Your left knee should be bent to the side. Put your palms together near your chest. Take two deep breaths. Inhale and raise your arms up. Your fingertips should be reaching the ceiling. Exhale. Inhale and bend your body to the left. Inhale and go back to standing position. Repeat using the other leg. This will strengthen the sides of your abs.

Boat Pose

Sit and bend your knees with your feet on the floor. Keep your torso straight and then lean back to about 45 degrees. Raise your feet and keep your calves parallel to the floor. Keep your toes pointed. Inhale and extend your arms and legs. Be sure to keep your legs together. Exhale. Inhale and lower your torso and legs to about four inches. Your body should form like a wide V shape. Exhale and go back to original position. This will strengthen your abs and back.

Hover Pose

Start in a push-up position. Exhale and bend your elbows and lower your chest to the floor. This will strengthen your shoulders, arms, abs and back.

Chair Pose

Stand straight and keep your feet together with your arms on your side. Inhale and raise your arms above your head. Keep your palms facing each other. Exhale and assume a sitting position about 45 degrees. Keep your knees behind your toes. Keep your abs tight to support your back. This will strengthen your buttocks and thighs.

Twisted Chair Pose

Stand straight and keep your feet together with your arms on your side. Bring your palms together in front of your chest. Do the chair pose as directed above and then rotate your spine and bring your right elbow to your left knee while keeping your chest lifted. Hold for 30 seconds before switching to the other side. This is a more intense version of the chair pose and will strengthen your buttocks and thighs.

Single Leg Rotations Pose

Lie flat on your back and raise one leg up about 45 degrees. Point your toes upward and do two to ten rotations counter-clock wise then 2 to ten rotations clock-wise without resting. Repeat using the other leg. This will strengthen your abs and tone your legs.

Locust Pose

Lie flat on your stomach with your legs together and your arms on the side, your palms facing upwards. Lift up your head, upper torso, arms and legs off the floor. Hold the position for 45 seconds before going back to resting position. This will strengthen your legs and lower back.

Bow Pose

Lie flat on your stomach with your legs together and your arms on the side, your palms facing upwards. Bend your knees while you reach your ankles with your hands. Once you have grabbed your ankles, lift your heels up, away from your body. This will also pull your chest up off the floor. Hold position for 45 seconds before going back to resting position. This will strengthen your back muscles.

Eagle Pose

Stand straight with your legs together and your arms on your side. Stand on your left leg and wrap your right leg around it. Hook your right foot and ankle behind your left calf. Assume a sitting position and then cross your arms and keep your wrists in front of your chest. Hold for 45 minutes before going back to resting position. Switch legs. The eagle pose will your leg muscles.

Let these yoga poses be your guide to a calm and healthy lifestyle.

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