10 Killer Yoga Workouts to Help You Lose Weight

By 22 January 2018

Side Angle Pose (Utthita Parsvakonasana)

Side Angle Pose - Utthita Parsvakonasana

Begin in Warrior I (a lunge position with your left knee bent forward at a 90-degree angle and your right leg straight back with your toes pointed forward).  Bend the left elbow and let it rest on the right knee (or reach it down to the ground to increase the stretch).  Reach your right arm up behind you, so that it’s in a straight line with your right leg.

Increase the stretch in your side body by reaching out farther through your right fingertips.

Hold for 30 seconds.  Repeat on both sides.

Four-Limbed Staff Pose (Chaturanga Dandasana)

Four-Limbed Staff - Chaturanga Dandasana yoga pose for beginners

This is a plank variation. Chaturanga is also the yogi pushup.

From plank position, lower your entire body down until your torso is parallel to your upper arms and triceps. Make sure that your butt is lifted a little higher than your torso, and that your belly isn’t sagging. Stay firm.

First, try holding this position for 10 seconds. Work up 30 seconds – 1 minute.

Wheel Pose (Chakrasana)

Wheel Posture - Chakrasana

This is a more advanced pose (depending on your natural back flexibility), but we wanted to add it in here to help challenge you!

Begin by laying flat on your back with your knees bent and your heels touching your butt. Bend your elbows, and place your palms face down on either side of your head. Gently push yourself up using your arms and your feet.

Be mindful of the elbows. They tend to want to stick out in this position.

Hold it for 30 seconds or as long as you feel comfortable.

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