10 morning yoga poses
to make your body
burn fat all day long
Want an effective way to burn your belly fat? Try yoga! Yoga has been around for ages. But it’s only recently gained the popularity that it has. From yoga mats to yoga pants, nearly everyone seems to want a piece of this trend. But what’s with all the hype?
While walking around sporting a pair of Lululemon’s may be fashionable, research has also found yoga to be extremely beneficial to our health.
Why Should You Do Yoga?
There are numerous benefits to practicing yoga. Apart from the social aspect of how the yoga community tends to bring people together – at gyms, parks, and even shopping malls – the health benefits, in particular are endless.
Benefits for the brain
Making yoga a regular part of your routine has been found to have positive effects on the brain. Here are some:
Benefits for the body
In addition to helping you clear your mind, yoga has an even greater impact on your body.
Not only is yoga great for the mind and your bodily functions, practicing yoga also aids with weight loss and is a great way to burn fat. Various yoga poses strengthen the muscles, which in turn allows your body to burn calories – even while you’re sitting. Additionally, yoga helps lower cortisol and relieves stress which would otherwise lead to fat storage.
10 Yoga Moves to Put Your Body in Fat-Burning Mode
Here are some simple poses for you to try while you wait. Just remember to check out Zoe Bray-Cotton’s instructions on Yoga Burn to make sure that you’re performing each movement properly to reap the maximum benefits.
1. Tree pose
To get into tree pose, start by standing up straight with your arms at your sides and looking directly ahead of you. Shift your weight slightly onto your left foot and bring your right foot up to your left thigh. Rest your right foot against the inside of your left thigh. Bring your arms straight up above you and make your palms touch, holding them in a praying position. Hold this position for 30 seconds to 1 minute, then repeat with your weight on the other leg.
2. Downward facing dog
Start by getting onto all fours with your hands in line with your shoulders. Move your hands a few inches ahead of you and spread your fingers. Push off your mat with your hands and feet and bring your hips toward the ceiling. Your body should be an inverted V shape. Make sure your feet are hip-width apart and keep your knees slightly bent. Hold this position for 3 full breaths.
3. Upward facing dog
Get into plank position with your palms faced down. Press down on the mat with your hands to straighten your arms as you lower your pelvis and thighs. Place the tops of your feet on the mat. Arch your back and look up keeping your arms and legs straight. Make sure your knees aren’t touching the mat.
4. Garland pose
This pose stretches the ankles, pelvic area and back. It also tones the stomach.
For this pose, start by squatting with your feet as close together as possible. Spread your thighs so that they’re slightly wider than your torso. Bring your torso forward as you exhale and fit it snugly between your thighs. Place your palms against each other and press your elbows against the insides of your knees. Hold the position for 30 seconds to 1 minute, then inhale, straighten the knees, and stand into a forward bend.
5. Chair pose
Start by standing up straight with your feet forward and hip-distance apart. As you breathe deeply, raise both arm straight up over your heat. Push your shoulders down and bend your knees as though you’re about to sit on a chair. Go only as low as you feel comfortable. Keep your back straight and hold this pose for 6 to 8 breaths as you breathe deeply. Go back to the standing position and repeat.
6. Warrior I
For this pose, begin in the downward facing dog position that is shown above. Then step your right foot forward between your hands. Keep your right foot closer to your right hand so that it is not directly in front of your left foot. Bring your torso up, lift up your arms and press your palms together. Draw your shoulder blades down towards your hips and gaze up toward your hands. Hold for five breaths. Come back down to downward dog, step your left foot forward and do Warrior 1 on the other side.
7. Warrior II
Stand with your legs 3 to 4 feet apart, turning right foot out 90 degrees and left foot in slightly. Bring your hands to your hips and relax your shoulders. Then, extend your arms out to the sides with your palms facing down. Bend your right knee 90 degrees. Make sure your knee is over your ankle; gaze out over your right hand. Hold this position for 1 minute. Switch sides and repeat.
8. Half-boat pose
Sit straight and bend your legs. Press your hands against the floor behind your back and lift your legs so that your shins are parallel to the floor. Keep your knees slightly bent. Balancing on your pelvic bones, extend your arms in front of you. You should feel it in your core. Try to keep your back straight.
9. Triangle pose
Stand with your feet 3 feet apart. Turn your left foot out 90 degrees and your right foot in 45 degrees. Extend your arms out to the sides and bend over your left knee. Touch your mat with your left hand and raise your stretch your right arm straight above you so that your fingertips are pointing towards the ceiling. Life your face so that you’re looking at the ceiling and hold for 5 breaths. Stand back up and repeat on other side.
10. Half moon pose
Begin by standing up straight. Raise both arms by your sides. Then clasp your hands together over your head, stretching your index fingers up. Bend your torso to the right, keeping your arms straight and stretching to the side. Repeat with the other side.
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