Yoga for lower body weight loss
There are many benefits of a yoga practice asana consistent, including weight loss and muscle building tonic. Yoga asanas, or postures, work with the breath to help you build the strength and duration of your muscles. If the weight loss of your thighs is a specific objective, there are certain yoga postures and exercises you can practice to target the lower half of the body.
Virabhadrasana B (Warrior II Pose)
Virabhadrasana B targets the lower body and strengthens the glutes, thighs and abdominals while opening the hips. Start in the top position of slot, with your right bent at the knee to 90 degrees and the left heel planted and your left foot at 45 degrees. Squaring your hips towards your front knee, inhale your torso to the sky. Turn your hips, chest and shoulders in the center, and extend your arms from your shoulders so that your arms are parallel to the floor. Keep your knee bent at 90 degrees, the left leg fully extended and left heel planted as you try to completely open your hips and shoulders. Step back into a top slot, and repeat on the opposite side.
Utkatasana (chair Pose)
Utkatasana is a pose that works the whole body at once, while strengthening the quadriceps and thighs. Stand with your feet together and arms alongside your torso. Bend your knees, and push your tailbone back as if sitting in a chair; make sure that your spine is not too curved. Extend your arms in front of you, or bring them high to the side of your ears, keeping them completely straight and make sure that your shoulders do not tense up.
Prasarita Padottanasana (Wide leg forward Pose Fold)
Prasarita Padottanasana will develop the hamstrings and quadriceps stronger, help you lose weight in the thighs and increased flexibility in the lower back. Start with your legs apart, feet slightly turned in to five degrees. With your hands on your hips, inhale and open your chest, lengthening your spinal column. Articulation of your hips and keep your spine long, lower your torso and place your palms flat on the floor, in line with your heels. As you inhale, lengthen the spine, as you exhale, carry the crown of your head towards the ground. Inhale as you slowly return to the standing position.
Vrksasana (Posture of the tree)
According to the manual, “The science and philosophy of teaching yoga and Yoga Therapy,” the benefits of tree pose include strengthening the thighs and legs and gaining mental focus while improving balance. Start with the head high, with your hands at heart center and your left leg completely engaged, hamstrings and quadriceps contracted. Lift your right foot on the ground, and place it on the inside of your left thigh. Balance here, or extend your arms long over your head. Release slowly, and complete the posture on the other side, balancing on the right leg.