The popular saying, “slow and steady wins the race,” is especially true when it comes to weight loss. Yoga does not always get the popular vote when it comes to serious fat burning, yet it is an important aspect of wellness. A well-balanced fitness routine is a lot like eating a well balanced diet. There are various benefits to all exercise types, just as there are unique benefits to individual nutrients. Yoga has several benefits to offer, including reduced stress, lower blood pressure, increased flexibility and yes, even weight loss!
Yoga Workout for Weight Loss
This routine is organized in a simple fashion, to help introduce beginners to the multiple benefits and flow of yoga.
Equipment Needed: water for hydration and a yoga mat or soft surface.
What to Do: Complete one round of the following routine. Practice each exercise individually, going through ten repetitions or ten breaths. Be sure on each repetition to pay special attention to your breathing. Please note that you should be inhaling and exhaling deeply and in rhythm with each exercise. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth.Review the videos below for demonstrations of each exercise.
1. Dynamic Standing Forward Fold – 10 repetitions
2. Plank to Downward Dog – 10 repetitions
3. Cat Cow Pose – 10 repetitions
4. Plank to Downward Dog – 10 repetitions
5. Side Yoga Plank – 10 repetitions each side
6. Side Yoga Lunge – 10 breaths each side
7. Chair Pose – 10 breaths
8. Bridge Pose – 10 repetitions
9. Corpse Pose – 20 breaths
Dynamic Standing Forward Fold
Plank to Downward Dog
Cat Cow Pose
Yoga Side Plank– Use same instructions for both sides
Yoga Lunge– Use same instructions for both sides
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Editor’s Note: Originally published Jan 3, 2014.