These Poses Will Put You On Track To Lose!
Yoga is great for your mind and body. It can help you become less stressed, reduce anxiety, increase your flexibility, and push you to limits you never thought were possible. Another benefit of yoga is that it can strengthen core muscles. Certain yoga postures will put many muscles to work for you. This results in more calories burned and when combined with a sensible diet, can lead to a drop in pounds!
The following article covers 7 poses that will help you lose weight by working multiple muscle groups at the same time. See the poses below and be sure to pass these along to your friends looking for ways to improve their overall health,
Standing Forward Fold (Uttanasana)
Although this posture may seem passive, it is extremely active. Forward bending tones the quadriceps and abdominals as well as stretches the calves and hamstrings. This active and deep fold massages the abdominal organs, calms the mind and nervous system, and helps reduce fatigue.
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Warrior 2 (Virabhadrasana II)
One of the most powerful of yoga asana, warrior 2 strengthens the muscles of the upper back, shoulders and arms. Finding balance in this posture calls on abdominal strength and requires use of the adductor of the hips, quadriceps, calves, and ankles for stability. Abducting the arms in this posture strengthens the supraspinatus muscle of the rotator cuff. This muscle is the most commonly torn of the four rotator cuff muscles. When strengthened, the supraspinatus will have a harder time tearing if misalignment, overuse, or misuse occur.
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Half Moon (Ardha Chandrasana)
This posture requires immense abdominal and leg strength in order to support the body for balance. Abducting the arms away from the body strengthens the muscles of the arms, chest, obliques, and lattisimus dorsi located on the middle back. The gluteus medius contracts and adducts the lifted leg while stabilizing the supporting leg. The focus and balance required for the fullest expression of this posture is what makes this an overall body changing posture.
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Tree Pose (Vrksasana)
Tree pose strengthens the supporting leg, gluteal muscles and arms as well as the abdominals for stability. When one side of the body is supporting the posture for balance, additional strength and calorie burn is added.
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Twisted high lunge (Parivrtta Anjaneyasana)
High lunge is considered a balancing posture as it recruits leg and abdominal muscles to maintain that lunge position. Twisting increases blood flow in the body as well as mobility to the organs. Movement of the organs increases blood flow and brings in nutrient rich oxygen to the body. When twisting, abdominal organs are squeezed, when the twists are released clean blood and oxygen enter the organs.
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Chair Pose (Utkatasana)
Strengthens the arms, shoulders, lower back, abdominals, quadriceps, ankles, and calves. Try holding chair pose for more than 5 breaths and the legs will start to burn.
Twisted Chair Pose (Parivrtta Utkatasna)
Twisting the body in a chair position is calling on the abdominal muscles and strong leg muscles. This combination is toning and cleansing for the body all at once.
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Eagle Pose (Garudasana)
In order to withstand the balance and stamina for eagle pose, the body calls on many muscles for support. The feet, ankles, calves, quadriceps, inner thighs, abdominals, shoulders and upper back are working together to maintain the wrapping and adduction of limbs while balancing on one leg. The wrapping and adduction of the shoulders and arms strengthens the upper back and shoulders. Allowing the spine to remain straight strengthens the spinal column and muscles surrounding.
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To Your Health And Wellness!