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21 Simple Yoga Poses For Losing Weight Fast

Twist and Turn the Fat Away

Many people see yoga as a way for hippies to become one with the Earth. While I’m certainly not arguing that case there is so much more to yoga.

Not many people associate yoga with weight loss because on the surface it appears you are just standing still in a lot of different poses.

The thing about standing still in certain poses is that it puts a strain on muscles. This causes muscles to start to rip, in a good way. When the muscles rip they need to rebuild and that requires energy. Some of this energy is taken from the fat your body has stored.

This is why some people believe that fat turns into muscle and vice versa.

The first time I did yoga I figured it would be a breeze because I am pretty athletic. I almost passed out in the first 10 minutes. Not only was I not as flexible as I thought but my muscles weren’t as strong as I expected them to be.

In this post, we’ve compiled the 21 best yoga asanas (poses) for losing weight quickly and easily. A word of warning, some of these are difficult to do so don’t strain yourself the first time around.

Yoga is something that needs to be practiced for many years before it can be mastered. You’ll find yourself feeling muscles that you didn’t even know existed because yoga provides you with a full body workout.

21 Yoga Asanas to Help You Lose Weight

Before you attempt these poses watch the videos for each. Some are meant for everyone and others are meant only for advanced yoga practitioners.

That doesn’t mean that there aren’t other yoga asanas that you can perform that will help. There are hundreds of yoga asanas to perform that will benefit you.

We just like the ones below because they can help push you to the limit and back again.

1. Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend)

Benefits:

  • Improves digestion
  • Soothes anxiety and reduces fatigue
  • Relieves stress
  • According to traditional texts, this pose can increase appetite and reduce obesity

2. Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand)

Benefits:

  • Stimulates the thyroid glands and abdominal organs
  • Improves digestion
  • Reduces fatigue
  • Tones the legs and butt

3. Virabhadrasana I (Warrior Pose)

Benefits:

  • Stretches your belly, lungs, and chest
  • Strengthens the muscles at the back
  • Strengthens the thighs, calves, and ankels

4. Garudasana

Benefits:

  • Improves concentration and sense of balance
  • Strengthens the ankles and calves
  • Stretches the thighs, shoulders, and upper back

5. Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose)

Benefits:

  • Strengthens the abdomen, thigh, buttocks, and spine
  • Improves digestion and balance
  • Relives stress

6. Bhekasana (Frog Pose)

Benefits:

  • Stretches the abdomen and the chest
  • Improves posture
  • Stimulates the abdominal organs

7. Shalabhasana (Locust Pose)

Benefits:

  • Stretches and strengthens the shoulders, chest, and belly
  • Stimulates the abdominal organs
  • Relieves stress and improves posture

8. Nauka Chalan (Boat Pose)

Benefits:

  • Strengthens the abdomen and hip flexors
  • Stimulates the kidneys and intestines
  • Relives stress and improves digestion

9. Pavanmuktasana (Wind-releasing Pose)

Benefits:

  • Stimulates the abdominal organs, thereby increasing their efficiency and improving digestion
  • Relieves constipation
  • Helps reduce fat in the abdominal area

10. Vakrasana (Half Spinal Twist Pose)

Benefits:

  • Helps reduce fat in the abdominal region
  • Strengthens the spine

11. Padahastasana

Benefits:

  • The abdominal organs are stimulated, thereby improving the digestive health of your body
  • Lowers heart beat rate and relieves physical and mental exhaustion

12. Shirshasana (Headstand)

Benefits:

  • Tones the abdominal organs and improves digestion
  • Strengthens the arms, legs and spine
  • Calms the brain and relieves stress

13. Halasana (Plow Pose)

Benefits:

  • Reduces stress and fatigue
  • Stimulates abdominal organs
  • Calms the brain

14. Utthita Hasta Padangustasana (Extended Hand-To-Big-Toe Pose)

Benefits:

  • Improves balance
  • Strengthens legs, ankles, and the backs of the legs

15. Vasisthasana (Side Plank Pose)

Benefits:

  • Stretches the belly, arms, and legs
  • Improves your balance

16. Utkatasana (Chair Pose)

Benefits:

  • Stimulates the abdominal organs, diaphragm, and the heart
  • Stretches shoulders and chest

17. Setu Bandh (Bridge Pose)

Benefits:

  • Gives a good stretch to the chest, abdomen, neck, and spine
  • Helps improve digestion
  • Calms the brain, and reduces anxiety and stress

18. Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)

Benefits:

  • Stretches and strengthens the abdomen and chest
  • Improves posture
  • Stimulates the organs of the neck and abdomen

19. Ardha Matsyendrasana

Benefits:

  • Stimulates the live and kidneys
  • Stimulates digestion
  • According to traditional texts, this pose increases appetite

20. Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)

Benefits:

  • Stimulates the abdominal organs
  • Relieves stress
  • Stretches the chest and abdomen
  • According to traditional texts, this pose increases body heat and destroys ailments

21. Trikonasana (Triangle Pose)

Benefits:

  • Improves digestion
  • Relives stress
  • Stimulates organs in the abdomen
  • Relives backache

Yoga Alone Won’t Cut It

These asanas do a great job of stimulating muscles and organs that help with your digestion. This is part of the process of losing weight. The other parts involve getting the right food into your body.

Here are some posts that we have that relate to food:

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