When we think of yoga and weight loss, power yoga instantly comes to mind. Endorsed by celebrities the world over–from Malaika Arora Khan to Jennifer Aniston–it’s a wonderful practice for those who want to shed kilos without hitting the gym.
Power yoga is dynamic in nature, flowing from one posture to another. When you practice it, your muscles warm up quickly which helps to burn calories. Not to mention, the postures builds muscle and develops strength.
Did you know that there are certain power yoga poses that can help you burn more calories than running on a treadmill. Yes, you read that right.
Here are five that you can start your power yoga practice with:
1. Chaturanga dandasana or plank pose
Start with balasana (child’s pose) with arms extended forward.
Lift your hips up so that your shoulders come in a straight line with your palms, and your knees are placed below the pelvic bone.
Look down, but the back of your neck and head should be parallel to the ground. Make sure that your shoulders are pushed away from your ears and your tailbone is tucked in with the contraction of abdominal muscles.
Now without changing the position of the upper body, stretch your right leg back, followed by your left leg, and tuck in your toes.
Your body should be in a straight line starting from your shoulders till your heels.
Now challenge your body strength by bending your arms at the elbows keeping your body in a straight line. The trick is to push your body weight forward and turn your elbows closer towards the torso.
The body should be two inches above the floor. Hold the pose for at least 10 seconds with normal breathing.