7 Fat-Burning Yoga Poses For A Weight-Loss Routine

If you want to lose weight you need a diet that works for you and regular bouts of exercise. But that doesn’t mean you need to be going all-out every single day with sweat-dripping cardio or heavy weight-lifting to see results.

In my opinion, yoga can also help in a weight-loss routine because it can boost flexibility, increase mental focus, and yes, burn fat. If you’re just getting started, try with these yoga poses to help you get in the groove.

1. Chair Pose

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Start with feet slightly apart.
Raise your arms straight overhead so your palms face in and your triceps are next to your ears.
Exhale and bend your knees, pushing your butt back and lowering toward the floor as though sitting in a chair.
Your torso will naturally lean slightly forward over the thighs.
Try to keep your shoulders down and back.
Continue to take deep inhales and exhales.
Work your way up to holding the position for five breaths.

2. Chair Pose with A Twist

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Hold chair pose.
Then, rather than keeping arms straight overhead, lower them to chest level as you lower your legs.
Then, bring your hands together as if they’re in prayer.
Twist your upper body to the right so that your left elbow comes to rest gently on your right thigh.
Keep abs tight, continue to take deep inhales and exhales.
Work your way up to holding the position for five breaths.
Inhale and straighten your knees to return to start, then switch sides.

3. Down-Dog Split & Knee To Nose

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From downward-facing dog, inhale and lift your left leg as high as you can behind you while keeping your hips square.
Exhale and slowly bring your left knee to your nose, drawing your belly in toward your spine.
On your next inhale, lift your leg back up to the down-dog split.
Repeat 5 times, then switch sides and repeat.

4. Superman

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Lie facedown with legs together, forehead resting on the mat, arms out in front of you with palms down.
Squeezing your abs and butt, lift arms and legs directly up.
Hold your upper and lower body off the ground.
Continue to take deep inhales and exhales.
Work your way up to holding for 5 or more breaths.

5. Bow Pose

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Lie facedown, forehead resting on the mat, arms on the floor by your sides, palms up.
Exhale and bend your knees, bringing heels as close to your butt as you can.
Reach back and take hold of your ankles, keeping knees hip-width apart.
Inhale and lift your chest and thighs off the floor, pushing heels away from your butt.
Make sure to keep your lower back relaxed, pressing your shoulder blades down and back.
Continue to take deep inhales and exhales.
Work your way up to holding for 5 or more breaths.

6. Tabletop Arm-Leg Lift

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Start on the floor on your hands and knees, knees hip-width apart and hands directly under the shoulders.
Engage your abs and, keeping a flat back.
Straighten your left leg and lift it behind you, squeezing your glutes.
At the same time, extend your right arm straight in front of you.
Continue to take deep inhales and exhales.
Work your way up to holding the position for 3 to 5 breaths.

7. Plank Arm-Leg Lift

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Start in plank position, hands directly under shoulders.
Engage your abs and, keeping a flat back.
Lift your left leg up behind you and your right arm out in front of you.
Continue to take deep inhales and exhales.
Work your way up to holding the position for 3 to 5 breaths.

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