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Lose weight and tone your upper body and core with the revolved chair pose

Published on:12 October 2020, 13:32pm IST
Doing parivrtta utkatasana, or the revolved chair pose, can help you lose weight and get in shape.
Nikita Bhardwaj
Work up that core with Parivrtta Utkatasana! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

If you have ended up gaining weight due to not being able to go to the gym, we say you turn to yoga. Wondering why we’re saying this? It’s because yoga is holistic and works from within. That’s why yoga has long term benefits when it comes to maintaining one’s body weight.

In our weight loss yoga series, we have recommended various yoga asanas that can help you lose weight. This time, we’ve got you a special yoga pose that is easy and safe to practice. We’re talking about the revolved chair pose or Parivrtta Utkatasana for you.

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This asana is great for all those who are just beginning their yoga practice.

Let’s look at how to perform Parivrtta Utkatasana:
  • Begin by standing in Tadasana. Ensure that you’re standing straight.
  • Bend your knees, sink your hips back like you are sitting on a chair, and raise your arms, framing your face.
  • Next, bring your hands together at the center of your chest in a prayer position.
  • Exhale to twist to the right, resting your left elbow on your right thigh while looking towards the ceiling. 
  • Twist a little more each time you exhale.
  • Perform this breathing pattern for at least three deep breaths. Next, repeat on the other side.

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See how simple it is? However, if performing this asana seems a little tough in the beginning, you can sit on a chair to practice it. When you feel more confident, lift yourself off the chair and try to find your balance. Over time, you can start practising it without the chair.

Now it’s time to understand how Parivrtta Utkatasana helps you lose weight

According to yoga expert, Grand Master Akshar, the revolved chair pose can be extremely beneficial to those trying to lose weight. This particular asana not only works on your core area but also on the lower and upper back.

What’s more, it helps in the activation of abdomen muscles. The stretch you feel while practising the pose generates heat in the region to burn fat. This pose also helps in improving digestion. Moreover, it great for posture correction as well.

“Practice this asana regularly to develop core strength while strengthening the quads and glutes. This posture strengthens the supporting muscles of major joints, such as the shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles”, he added.

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Who should avoid this asana?
  • This yoga pose is not recommended for those suffering from insomnia, headache, and low blood pressure.
  • Those who have knee and ankle problems should also avoid it.
  • Pregnant women should avoid this asana since it puts pressure on the lower abdomen area which isn’t good for the baby.

Ladies, add one more asana to your weight loss yoga list and see its magic!

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Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.