Best Yoga postures that help you shed pounds

Given the strains of our modern day ‘rat race’ lifestyles, it is highly important to keep ourselves in shape. It is not only about the show of improved physicality, but the fitness scope also has something to do with our seemingly calmer mental state. In this regard, there are various forms of Yoga that can help us to lose weight on a regular basis. So, without further delay, let us briefly go through some of the simple ones.

Postures involving Seating

When you are done with the initial warm up sessions; it’s time to utilize the various seating posture techniques for the introductory build up. The choices in this case are ripe with exotic poses draped in high Sanskrit uttering. For example, we have the Paripurna Navasana or the Full Boat pose that helps in stretching of the abdominal muscles and strengthening of the hip region. We also have the relatively simpler Bharadvajasana or the Twist pose, which helps in making our spine and abdominal muscles more effective their functions (like digestion and metabolism).

Postures involving Standing

Standing poses can help us shed weight in a variety of body regions starting from the thighs, calves right up to our spines and shoulders. For example, the Utkatasana or Chair Pose works on our limb muscles, and also at the same time improves the circulation of our diaphragm and heart. The more complex Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose) is perfect for strengthening our ankles and legs by exercising our body’s lower half.

Inversion Postures

These postures are relatively more difficult than the introductory moves, given that in the vast majority of them our heads (and upper half) remains attached to the ground, while our lower half is extended upwards. However, the Inversion Postures are designed to enhance upon the capacity of our abdominal organs and thyroid gland, thus increasing our metabolism rate. A few examples are Halasana or Plow Pose and the Salamba Sarvangasana or Supported Shoulderstand.

Forward Bends

The aforementioned Inversion Postures should be supported by a few bends like the Mudho Mukha Svanasana or dog pose and the Uttanasana or standing forward bend. The beneficial effects of such poses include the internal stretching of various regions of our body like hamstrings, calves, thighs and even knees.


The collective nature of Yoga also gives importance to the psychological side of affairs. So, after a good work out session we should invest some time (ranging from 10 min to 30 min) for the wondrous process of relaxation. This calming meditation session does have a multitude of advantages like relieving our built-in tension and stress, and also making our body and mind ready to cope up with future challenges.

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