We all want that magic pill for weight loss but we know it doesn’t exist. What we do need is to find a form exercise we love and can stick with and also a solid nutrition plan. Yoga is a known stress buster, but it’s also one of the most effective forms of exercise to lose fat stores, especially the ones that crop up after age 40. Yes, you can use yoga for weight loss, studies show that yoga lowers levels of stress hormones and increases insulin sensitivity, a signal to your body to burn food as fuel rather than store it as fat. These yoga poses for weight loss will do just that while firming up your arms, legs, butt and abs. Hold each pose for a minimum of 5 breaths working to 10 breaths and repeat each pose a minimum of 5 times. Start now to see weight loss results in as little as 3 weeks.
Crescent Lunge Pose
Step right leg back into a lunge, left knee bent about 90 degrees, knee over ankle; right leg extended and on ball of foot. Inhale and raise arms overhead; gaze forward. Hold, then return to standing and repeat, stepping left leg back.
Crescent Lunge Twist Pose
Keep the position of crescent lunge, put your hands in a prayer position. Twist with the opposite elbow on the outside of your knee (example, if your left leg is forward the place your right elbow on your left knee). Be sure to let your hip go low and twist deeper on every exhale.
Stand with feet together, toes forward, arms at sides. Inhale and raise arms overhead, palms facing each other. Exhale and sit back about 45 degrees, keeping knees behind toes and abs tight to support your back; gaze forward.
Low Plank Pose
Begin in push-up position on toes with arms straight, hands below shoulders, and body in line from head to heels. On an exhale, lower chest toward floor, bending elbows back, arms close to body, abs tight and hold a few inches above floor. Hold for 5 breaths and work up to 10.
Rocking Boat Pose
Sit with knees bent, feet on floor, hands on thighs. With torso straight and head in line with body, lean back about 45 degrees, raising feet so calves are parallel to floor, toes pointed. On an inhale, extend arms and legs, keeping legs together. Exhale, and as you inhale, lower torso and legs 3 to 4 inches so body forms a wider V shape. Exhale and raise torso and legs. Repeat 5 to 10 times.