Fat Burning Yoga

The Benefits of Fat Burning Yoga

At first thought, fat burning yoga sounds kind of like an oxymoron, right? For years yoga has had the reputation of being less of an exercise and more of a means to release stress and discipline the body’s muscles. While these are both valid descriptions of yoga, there is more to this practice than awkward poses and deep breathing. Few have given thought to the idea that yoga could actually be used to burn fat and tone up, yet it is possible!

What’s the Difference?

There are quite a few differences between traditional yoga and fat burning yoga. The traditional style of yoga is intended to stretch out the muscles and coax them into a relaxed state. Not only are the muscles encouraged to loosen with traditional yoga, but the practice of regulating airflow by practiced breathing techniques also increases lung health and capacity, as well as strengthening the surrounding muscles. Fat burning yoga encourages particular moves which require the muscles to contract rather than to loosen. Not all yoga exercises fall into this category, obviously, but there are still quite a few fat burning positions one can choose from. Each of these positions is designed to strengthen targeted areas of muscle while others are stretched or relaxed. Breathing regulation still plays a major role in fat burning yoga, but it is not the sole concentration of these poses.

Which Yoga Positions Encourage Weight Loss?

The Forward Bend is a great way to strengthen your core muscles while loosening your shoulders and giving your hamstrings a good stretch. Start with your feet spaced shoulder’s width apart. Lock your fingers behind your back and bend forward. You should be able to look at your knees while bent over. While keeping your fingers interlocked, move them toward the ground and over your head. Slowly return to an upright position and repeat four more times.

The Backbend is an easy beginner’s move that helps to strengthen the back and shoulder muscles while allowing the abdominals a welcomed stretch. Start by standing with your feet at shoulder’s width apart. Your fingers should then interlock behind your back to rest on your rump. Slowly tilt your head backwards and slightly bow your back as your hands extend downward. Imagine someone is pulling your hands directly towards the floor as your shoulders press downward. Hold this position for a few seconds, release, then repeat it four more times.

The Chair is a position you may have seen in other workout routines, but it definitely has a place in the yoga universe. It targets the muscles in your buttocks, hips, thighs, and hamstrings. Space your feet shoulder’s width apart and keep the flat on the floor. Raise your arms above your head and ease down to a squatting position. Your hips should form a 90 degree angle, as should your legs as they are bent. It should look as though you are sat in an invisible chair leaning forward with your arms in the air. The longer you hold this position, the more “burn” you will feel in your muscles. Start out with a goal of five seconds, repeating as many times as desired.

The Plank is a position which largely resembles a push-up. Start with your body in the extended push-up position—that is, your arms fully extended as you hold your body off of the ground. Lower your body to the ground very slowly—you should feel the burn in your arms, shoulder, chest, and even your midsection if done correctly. Breathe in deeply as you return yourself back to the extended push-up position and repeat nine more times.