Yoga Poses for Weight Loss

There has been a lot of curiosity about the best and worst yoga poses for weight loss. Yoga is an ancient discipline from India that was designed to increase self-awareness and self-understanding by using the tools of meditation and controlled breathing practices.

The physical poses were actual added later to the practice in order to make it more comfortable to sit for a long time when meditating. In the West, the poses became a popular way to get toned and fit and has become synonomouns with a healthy and spiritually secular lifestyle. Yoga is not a religion but a set of liefstyle practice that help you to become more objective, more calm and more peaceful. The poses, when combined with conscious breathwork and other healthy eating habits, can be journey into self-transformation in both body and mind.

In Hatha Yoga, most yoga poses for weight loss focus on sun salutations which consist of a series of poses that are designed to warm, stretch and move the spine in different directions. It is best to practice on an empty stomach and to just sip water during the practice. You want to make sure your cell phone is turned off so you can be fully focused on your practice as well as not disturb the other students. The practice starts off by setting an intention, usually by chanting om, which connects the group to a larger universal consciousness.

The first pose is mountain pose, which is just standing in attention with an emphasis on alignment, engagement and conscious breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth. The next poses are usually forward bends, followed by plank pose, which is basically a push up which helps to build upper body strength and heat the body. The practice then moves on to an upward dog, which is an intense backbend on the floor. The next pose is then a downward dog, which is designed to stretch the hamstrings, lengthen the spine and strengthen the arms. The downdog is followed by jumping or hopping into a standing forward bend and then coming back to the standing pose and to start this series of poses that flow from one pose to the next. After about 15 minutes of sun salutations you will find yourself feeling warm and sweat starting to drip down your body so you know that you are getting stronger and more toned. Depending on how fast the transitions from one pose to the next is will affect how many calories your yoga poses for weight loss will burn.

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