Most people want a toned flat tummy, but don’t want to do the work that it takes to get it; you know cardio and strength training, going to the gym it all seems like so much work! What if I told you that you could lose weight simply by stretching?
Yoga may just seem like a bunch of stretching, but it can torch some major calories! It builds muscle, which in return aids the body to burn fat, and it also increases your heart rate, which helps to boost your metabolism.
The following poses are some of the best to burn calories. Do this entire sequence 3-5 days a week, and the extra padding on your body will turn into sleekly sculpted muscle in no time at all!
Lie on the ground so that your stomach touches the ground and place your forehead on the ground, keeping your elbows parallel. Your chin and your toes should touch the floor. Inhale and raise your chest upwards and try to bend backwards. Hold this position for 30 seconds, exhale out slowly and come back to the base position. Repeat 5 times.
2. Bow Pose
Lie on your stomach, legs straight together and arms by your side. Bend the knees and grab your ankles, keeping the hands to the outside of the leg. Inhale in and bend your back backward. Hold this position for 15-30 seconds. Exhale out and slowly bring yourself back to the base position. Repeat this 5 times.
3. Wind-Release Pose
Turn over onto your back and bring your knees into your chest with your ankles together. Clasp your arms together over your knees as you bring your head up off the floor. Breathe deep as you feel the stretch in your abs, then relax slowly. Repeat the process 5 times.
Come into plank position, keeping your knees at hip width and hands at shoulder length. Stretch your legs backward, inhale in and align your spine with your neck in a straight position. Hold your abdominal muscle in. Hold this position for 15-30 seconds. Exhale out and bring your knees back to the floor slowly. Repeat this process 5 times.
5. Side Stretch Pose
Stand with your feet slightly wider than hip-width apart. Rotate your torso and turn both your feet to the right. Keeping the legs straight, exhale and hinge over your right leg until your torso is parallel to the floor, reaching your hands to the ground. Hinge further with each exhale, moving your torso closer to your right thigh. Remembering your breath is very important. Repeat on each side 5 times each.
6. Warrior 1 Pose
Standing straight, step your left leg 4-5 feet to the left, then rotate both feet and your torso toward the left. Bend your left knee over your toes while keeping your right leg straight. Raise both arms high above your head with your fingertips pointing upward, looking up at your hands. Repeat the process on your other leg, and repeat 5 times.