Slow and Steady Yoga Workout for Weight Loss

Lose inches with these simple yoga poses!

Slow and Steady Yoga Workout for Weight Loss

You know that popular saying, “Slow and steady wins the race?” We’ve found it’s especially true when it comes to weight loss. Yoga doesn’t always get the popular vote when it comes to burning fat, but your yoga practice can become an important aspect of your overall wellness. A well-balanced fitness routine is a lot like eating a well-balanced diet. Each individual nutrient works together to build health, and the same can be said about the benefits of various types of exercise. Yoga has several benefits, including reduced stress, lower blood pressure, increased flexibility, and even weight loss! This yoga workout for weight loss is perfect for any fitness level, but it’s specifically catered to beginners. If you’ve been thinking about trying out a yoga routine, now is the perfect time!

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Are You Trying to Lose Weight?

If you have a weight-loss goal, following a well-balanced diet is essential to success. Many beginners aren’t too sure where to start with their diet or exercise routine, and that’s okay! Once upon a time, we were all beginners!

We’re here to help. If you’re looking to consume a healthier diet, we have plenty of plans to get you started. Check out some of these tasty options:

In addition to a healthy eating plan and performing yoga for weight loss, we also highly recommend following a fat-burning workout routine. Just like meal plans, we have plenty of workout programs to follow. Choose from some of our newest options:

Yoga Workout for Weight Loss

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This routine is organized in a simple fashion to help introduce beginners to the multiple benefits and flow of yoga.

What you need: 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. On each repetition, be sure 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 before you begin.

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. Yoga Side Plank – 10 repetitions each side
6. Yoga Side Lunge – 10 breaths each side
7. Chair Pose – 10 breaths
8. Bridge Pose – 10 repetitions
9. Corpse Pose – 20 breaths

Instructional Videos

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

Chair Pose

Bridge Pose

Corpse Pose

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Editor’s Note: Originally published Jan 3, 2014.

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Allison Gentry

Allison attended East Tennessee State University where she graduated with a Bachelors in Exercise Science. She earned her certification as a personal trainer through Aerobics & Fitness Association of America. Allison is currently in her final year of study in the pursuit of a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. In her free time she participates in extreme obstacle course racing, having completed one Tough Mudder and a Trifecta of Spartan Races.

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  1. Wow, this is great information on not only LOSING weight, but equally important – maintaining it.


  2. Hi… found this on Pinterest. Had a question. Do we do each pose 10 times before moving to next one or go from one to another for 10 rounds?

    Sorry for a seemingly stupid question but I am a beginner.


    1. No problem, Kathy. Where a "repetition" is noted, you will repeat the move 10 times in a row. Watch the videos at the bottom to give you an example of how the move will flow from one repetition to the next. Where "breaths" are noted, you will hold the pose for the number of breaths indicated. You should complete the entire routine one time.

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