The benefits of yoga are well-known nowadays around the globe. Various yoga poses are good for different people, but generally, yoga can boost the metabolism and this is how.
1. Bow Pose (Dhanurasana)
This pose aids the detoxification process and improves digestion. Furthermore, it strenghtens the abdominal and the back muscles and stimulates blood flow to the organs.
Start by lying on your stomach. Your feet need to be hip-width apart, your arms by your sides and the chin on the floor.
Bend the knees and grab your ankles with the hands.
Raise your chest slowly and pull your legs up and back.
Your face needs to face straight ahead all the time.
Hold the pose for 15 seconds and take deep breaths.
As you lower your ankles, exhale.
2. Shoulder Stand (Salamba Sarvangasana)
This pose makes the stubborn fat cells start moving and sends more oxygen to the heart and the brain. It’s best to practice this pose in the morning or 6 hours after a meal.
Start by lying on your back. Your arms need to be by your sides and the legs kept together.
Lift the legs, buttocks, and back with one swift movement. You elbows should support the lower body and your toes should point at the ceiling.
You can support your back with your hands.
As you hold the position for as long as you can, take deep breaths.
Lower the knees and bring yourself to the floor again.
3. Tree Pose (Vrksasana)
This pose uses the muscles in the legs and is good for gaining focus, coordination, and concentration.
While standing erect place the right foot on your left thigh.
Balance yourself on one leg and make sure you keep the left leg straight.
Raise your arms over your head every time you inhale.
Exhale slowly and release the right leg.
Repeat with the other leg.
4. Boat Pose (Navasana)
The strong contractions of the abdominal muscles in this pose will improve the digestive process and boost metabolism.
Start by sitting on the mat with the knees bent and hand behind hips.
Press on the palms while inhaling and pull yourself back while staying on the hips (slowly!).
Lift the feet off the floor and take deep breaths.
Extend the arms parallel to the floor.
Form a “V” shape by straightening your legs.
Hold for 2-5 breaths.
While exhaling bend the knees and hug them.
While inhaling bring your forehead to the knees.
5. Bridge Pose (Setu Bandhasana)
This pose improves digestion and blood circulation, making you more energetic.
Start by lying on your back.
Bend the knees hip-width apart and place the feet flat on the ground.
Palms down with your arms by your sides.
Inhale and raise the hips off the floor.
Continue by raising your upper body as well.
Your feet need to be pressed firmly on the floor.
Hold the position for 30-60 seconds.
Exhale and return to the starting position.
6. Locust Pose (Salabasana)
This pose massages the digestive organs and improves their functioning.
Start by lying on your stomach, palms facing up and arms by the body.
Inhale and lift the head, chest, hands and feet up.
Hold for 1 minute and release while exhaling.
7. Crescent Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana)
This pose challenges the leg muscles and the ability to balance.
Start by standing straight, arms by your side and feet hip-width apart.
Raise your hands over the head while inhaling and press the palms together.
While exhaling, bend the body to one side and hold for 30 seconds.
Inhale and return to the starting position.
Repeat on the other side.
8. Plow Pose (Halasana)
This pose stimulates the thyroid gland, blood circulation and improves detoxification. It’s best to do this pose at the end of the session when the body is warm.
Start by lying on your back, arms by your sides and legs extended.
Inhale and lift the legs off the floor to a 90-degree angle.
Lift the hips as well by using your hands.
Bend the legs to 180 degrees, over your head. The toes should be touching the floor.
Hold for several seconds and bring the legs down.