A well-balanced fitness routine of increasing flexibility and muscle strength is a lot like eating a well-balanced diet. Yoga is very helpful in the weight loss journey and has many benefits, including reduced stress, lower blood pressure, and increased flexibility. Yoga is an incredible form of exercise that can be used for flexibility, strength, and yes, losing weight. Yoga is great for back pain, belly bloat, and improving your flexibility.
- Plank Pose (Phalakasana): As the name suggests, the body is held in a way that looks like a plank, thin and long. This pose essentially works for someone who wants to take the arms and shoulder strength to the next level in order to do more difficult arm balancing yoga poses. It strengthens the spine and arms, at the same time tones the abdominal muscles.
Firmly grip the mat, round the shoulders and upper back, and keep your butt in line with the rest of your body. Don’t let your body sag at all. Stay firm and tight, and the abs will do all the work for you.
- Bridge Variation (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana) : This yoga, is commonly used to stretch and strengthen the back and abdominal muscles as well as opening the lungs and chest.
Begin by laying flat on the ground. Bend the knees, bringing the soles of your feet parallel to the mat and close to your buttocks. Keep the knees above the ankles. On an inhale, lift your hips up toward the sky and interlace your fingers behind your back, straightening the arms and pressing them into the mat. Relax the buttocks while keeping the thighs engaged to lift the hips higher.
- Upward (Reverse) Plank Pose (Purvottanasana): By this plank pose, we draw on the strength of the core and leg muscles, as well as the support of the shoulders beneath the heart. It strengthens the arms, upper back, legs, glutes, and wrists; and stretches the chest, abdomen, tops of the feet, and ankles. This pose builds core strength while challenging and improving balance, as well.
Begin in the sitting position with your legs out in front of you and your hands placed directly underneath your shoulders. Using your core and your glutes, lift your body up until your pelvis is directly in a straight line with the rest of your body.