Published on January 23rd, 2017 | by Ahana Basu
Tips & Tricks: Yoga
While yoga is not a heart-pumping sweat-dripping workout, it does help you lose weight and tone up as effectively…
Yoga’s always been about finding your centre and choosing to keep your cool instead of putting up your fists. However, it’s not all about sitting around with your eyes closed, picturing a beach on the Caribbean (preferably with Johnny Depp!). There are yoga asanas (poses) that double up as hardcore workouts, though you probably sweat a little less. So, if you’re looking at dropping a few pounds on the comfort of your own yoga mat, here’s are a few asanas you could try.
The Rocking Boat (For firm abs and back)
Flabby abs are the bane of existence for a lot of women. This asana should bring down that unsightly bulge if done frequently and is also known to ease stiffness and pain in the back.
Method: Sit with your knees bent, feet on the floor and place your hands on your thighs. Keeping your torso straight and head in line with your body, lean back 45 degrees – at the same time, raise your feet so your calves are parallel to the floor, keeping your toes pointed. Inhaling deeply, extend your arms and legs, all the while keeping your legs together. Exhale, and as you inhale, lower your torso and legs around three-four inches so your body forms a wide V shape. Exhale and raise torso and legs. Repeat at least 3 to 5 times.
Cheat sheet: Hold the backs of your thighs with your hands, keeping your legs bent. Lower your torso only.
Tough love: Once your body is in the wider V position, extend your arms overhead
The Chair (For a firm butt and thighs)
A jiggly rear end and thunder thighs make you want to lose weight but then dieting is so depressing, you’re soon reaching for the jumbo bag of chips again. Take heart, here’s a yoga pose to help firm up those glutes.
Method: Stand with your feet together, pointing your toes forward and keeping your arms at your sides. Inhale slowly and raise your arms overhead, with your palms facing each other. Exhale deeply and sit back 45 degrees. Keep your knees behind your toes and your abs tight to support your back. Look forward. Or as they say in yoga, gaze.
Cheat sheet: Do the asana with your feet apart, proportionate to your hips, with your hands on your thighs. Bend 30 degrees.
Tough love: Once you’re sitting back, lift your heels off the floor so that you’re balancing on the balls of your feet. Gaze up at your fingertips.
The Hover (For upper arms, shoulders, abs, and back)
If you love wearing sleeveless or tube tops and dresses, but you’re developing winged flesh on your upper arms, this asana will have you back in your halter top in no time.
Method: Begin in a push-up position on your toes, keeping your arms straight and your hands below the shoulders. Your body needs to be in line from your head to your heels. While you’re exhaling, lower your chest towards the floor, bending your elbows back, with your arms close to the body and keep your abs tight. Hold the pose a few inches above the floor.
Cheat sheet: Begin on your hands and knees and walk your hands forward until the body is in line from the head to your knees.
Tough love: While you’re holding the hover pose, lift your left leg up to 12 inches. Pause for 20 seconds or longer, and lower. Do this three to five times, then repeat with the right leg.
There are even yoga poses for facial muscles and chubby cheeks. Mostly though, eat your healthy fill, pull out your yoga mat and knock yourself out.
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