Indeed, the holidays were wonderful and you enjoyed every moment. But you overdid it as you ate and drank too much. Now, you’re back to your normal schedule and beginning to feel the need to burn those extra inches off your waistline. But, fret not, you’re not alone who emerged from the holidays having put on a few pounds. The good news is that you can lose the holiday weight quickly – perhaps, in just one week. Yoga, the ancient Indian science of exercise and healing, is a wonderful tool for weight loss.
To help you lose weight easily and in a healthy manner, we have listed five of the best yoga poses that encourage the body to burn excess fat, including stubborn visceral fat. Take a look below:
Surya Namaskar, which consists of 12 different yoga poses, is an effective exercise to lose weight and burn stubborn belly fat. It works on the whole body, including the neck, shoulders spine, arms, hands, wrists, leg, and back and stomach muscles, and thus helps to burn fat and achieve a flat stomach. Not just weight loss, Surya Namaskar has many health benefits such as stress reduction, better digestive health, etc.
According to The Art of Living, for best results, you should perform this yoga pose while keeping the navel tucked in. You can practice as many rounds as long as your body is comfortable doing it. Try doing Surya Namaskar daily in the morning.
The Warrior pose (or Veerabhadrasana that strengthens and tones the legs, arms, shoulders, thighs and back muscles – all at the same time – is another great yoga pose that aids in weight loss. In addition to weight loss, this yoga pose helps in improving blood circulation and can be beneficial for those with sedentary or deskbound jobs
Practicing this yoga pose on a regular basis can help you lose belly fat and cure digestive problems, including constipation. Also called Bhujangasana, cobra pose is also an excellent exercise for people suffering from back pain, respiratory disorder and obesity.
Bow pose or Dhanurasana strengthens and tones ankles, thighs, groins, chest and abdominal muscles and spinal cord. It helps to lose weight and reduce belly fat effectively. It also relieves menstrual discomfort, constipation, and acts as a stress buster.
The boat pose or Navasana is a popular yoga exercise that helps to lose belly fat besides giving many benefits. It strengthens abdominal muscles and that’s why this yoga pose is effective for developing six pack abs.
A word of caution: While the health benefits of yoga are countless, it’s always better to consult with your physician or an expert before starting any weight loss program, especially if you are pregnant, have persistent joint pain or grave injury, or suffering from certain conditions like high blood pressure.