5 Yoga Poses To Get That Perfect 'Shape of You'

Over the years stress and work load leave people no time for physical activity resulting weight gain. So most of them end up taking expensive gym membership to get in shape and end being irregular due to lack of time and whatever little weight that was lost comes back. There needs to be an effective solution for this, and that’s where Yoga comes in. It’s a proven fact that Yoga is not just a physical activity but a way of life that has been adopted worldwide. It not only nurtures you physically, mentally and spiritually.
Below are some simple but effective Yoga exercises to kill all that extra fat and get you in shape if done regularly:

1. Ananda Balasana/ Baby Pose or Dead Bug Pose

This asana targets the hips, abdomen, and thighs. This works on opening up your hips, back, inner thighs and abdomen. Keep your muscles tight while holding the pose. It helps the inner thigh muscles stretch and the makes your core strong along with making the back muscles work which are usually ignored.

How To Do It –

Lie flat on your back, elevate the legs from the floor and bend the knees. Stretch your arms out and hold the arches of your feet. Stretch your legs out using the support of your hands. Keep the knees bent and flexed while holding the pose. Hold the pose for 30 secs and gradually work your time up.

2. Utkatasana/Chair Pose

This asana targets legs, hips and thighs muscles. It requires you to sit on an imaginary chair with your knees bent which will exert pressure on the entire lower body muscle group making them strong, especially on the thigh and help muscles and burns the fat of that area.

How To Do It –
Gently bend your knees and lower your hips as if you are seated on an imaginary chair. Inhale and extend your arms over your head. Hold the pose for a few seconds as you keep the flow of your breath going and release. If you are a beginner bend as much as you can but gradually lower them and increase time. Do it for 15 secs. To make it intense you can pulse up and down which will burn the fat faster.

3. Virabhadrasana II/ Warrior Pose II

Fighting the inner thigh fat is a full on battle. To defeat it employ Warrior Pose II must be employed. A simple pose but very effective. It works the entire thigh muscles and burns the fat in the legs and thighs. Don’t forget to inhale and exhale.

How To Do It –

Widen your legs much more than the hip-width apart, then twist your right heel with the toes pointing outwards with the help of your left heel ground yourself. Lower your hips and stretch out your arms in alignment with your shoulders such that they are in line with your shoulders. Breathe slow and strong as you hold the pose and then release. Repeat on the other side. Hold the pose for 15 secs and work up the time gradually.

4. Salabhasana/ Locust Pose, Grasshopper Pose

An effective yoga exercise that targets arms, hips, thighs and abdomen muscles at the same time which is great for burning a lot of fats of various body parts at the same time. In addition to that, it enhances the flow of blood. Your hips and thighs (legs, in general) remain strong and promote flexibility.

How To Do It –

Lie on your abdomen or belly and simultaneously lift your legs and thighs off the ground if you can or you can do it one by one and gradually do it simultaneously placing them on the back. Stretch your arms behind you and lift your chest and raise chin while looking forward. Hold the pose as long as you can and don’t forget to breathe.

5. Navasana/Naukasana/ Boat Pose

This works up your core and burns an enormous amount of fat. In addition to weight loss, it helps the organs, nerves and. You balance your body weight on the hips. Your lower body is crunched and the fat around the abdomen which is also known as belly fat is burnt.

How To Do It –

Lift your legs off the ground and balance your weight on your hips and once you have achieved that slowly raise your arms and stretch them out. You have to aim towards working a ‘V’ with your upper and lower body. Don’t forget to breathe long and deep and release.

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