Yoga not only helps tighten your muscles, but it also strengthens your body, increases your flexibility, and helps you get rid of all the extra jiggle. There are hundreds of yoga poses, or asanas, that strengthen, detox, and balance your body. So, grab your mat and get to work! We have 14 yoga poses that will help you lose weight, tone, strengthen and detox your body.
1. Sun Salutations (Surya-Namaskar)
Sun salutation is a complete physical and spiritual practice in itself. It includes asana, pranayama, mantra and meditation. All the 12 postures involved in a round of Surya Namaskar are performed in a steady, rhythmic sequence, synchronizing with the breath and mental awareness.
2. Standing Forward Fold Uttanasana
Forward Bend (Uttanasana) is about lengthening and loosening the back of the body – the hamstrings especially, but also the often-tight low back muscles and shoulder girdle. This yoga pose allows the spine to lengthen without compression and allows the muscles of the legs and hips to stretch, while at the same starting to strengthen them.
3. Downward Facing Dog Adho Mukha Svanasana
Adhomukha Svanasana – the downward facing dog pose is one of the easy-to-perform yoga poses and can by practiced by anyone. The preparatory position is with the hands and knees on the floor, hands under the shoulders, fingers spread wide, knees under the hips and typically about seven inches apart, with the spine straightened and relaxed.
4. Warrior 2 Virabhadrasana II
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5. Warrior 3 Virabhadrasana-III
This is almost like the warrior II pose, and has the same method of doing it. However, a yogi can modify it a bit if he/she wants to make it more challenging. From the warrior II pose, the yogi can gently lift the body to balance on the front leg and lift the back leg upwards and backwards.
6. Half Moon Ardha Chandrasana
Ardha Chandrasana, “half-moon” pose, is one of the trickiest balancing poses out there, but rarely broken down in a yoga class.
7. Plank Uttihita Chaturanga Dandasana
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8. Side Plank Vasisthasana
There is one important factor for spine health. That is stretching on a regular basis. By regular basis, we mean a few times in the day.
9. Tree Pose Vrksasana
Whichever form of exercise or routine you decide to take up, you need to know how it works and what is the impact on the body. The main part of the body which is crucial for physical fitness, internal health as well as weight loss, is the spine.
10. Dancer Pose Natarajasana
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11. Twisted high lunge Parivrtta Anjaneyasana
Yoga can improve several bodily functions, detoxification being one of them. Poses (Asanas) can help detox both body and mind to the maximum, improving your chances of attaining optimal health.
12. Chair Pose Utkatasana
Exhale and bend your knees gradually while being careful of the fact that the thighs should remain parallel to the floor as much as possible.
13. Triangle Pose Trikonasana
Triangle Pose is one of the most commonly used yoga poses. When doing the pose, you form a shape of a triangle stretching your leg and arm muscles; hence, the name ‘Triangle Pose.’
14. Eagle Pose Garudasana
Stand erect and lift one leg.
Twist the leg near the hip joint and the knee, and twine it around the other leg.