I know what you’re thinking, can yoga really help you lose weight?

Not only that it can, but it’s also the best weight loss tool!

Why?

It will challenge the body, but also your mind. So, not only you lose fat from performing demanding yoga poses, your mind gets stronger and you become more self-aware. Which makes it easy for you to control your eating and lifestyle habits.

With yoga you not only lose weight, but you also keep it off.

Let’s get right into it, here are 8 yoga poses for fast weight loss.

1- Half boat pose

  • Place hands firmly on the floor so that you can keep balance
  • Now, lift the legs up
  • Once you get stable in the pose, you can lift your arms off the floor as well
  • Make sure that your arms stay parallel with the floor
  • Maintain the pose for at least 30 seconds

It may look easy, but it’s actually super hard and challenging to maintain this pose. It will work your tummy, not only building the abs but improving digestion and boosting metabolism, as well.

2- Side plank

  • First, you get into the regular plank pose but keep feet together
  • Then tilt your whole body to one side, resting on one foot, as the other foot stays on top of it
  • Keep the weight on your foot and one arm, as you bring the other arm up over your body, reaching toward the sky with it
  • Keep hips and shoulders aligned
  • Keep the core strong
  • Maintain the pose for at least 30 seconds

Side plank works the whole body, but especially the core. It’s very challenging so if you can’t maintain it for 30 seconds, just do what you can and keep working at it. The same goes for any other pose, too.

3- Wide-legged forward Bend 

  • Standing firmly on the ground, place feet 3 – 4 feet apart.
  • Now, bend forward from your hips, not your waist
  • Maintain straight long back, don’t hunch over
  • Stay in the pose for at least 30 seconds while breathing deeply in and out

If you bend properly from your hips, you should feel an intense stretch in hamstrings. Try to bring hands towards the sky so that you get a good stretch in your arms and shoulders, as well.

4- Shoulder stand

  • Start with laying on the floor on your back
  • Then, bring your legs up towards the sky
  • Push your hips forward and bring your chest close to your chin, as much as you can
  • Support your back with your arms and elongate your legs
  • You should be standing inverted on your shoulders
  • Stay in the pose for at least 30 seconds

Inversions are extremely useful for overall health. They feel stressful and uncomfortable at first, so start slowly with them. But definitely, do practice inversions.

5- Chair pose

  • Stand up straight, keeping feet hip-width apart
  • Bring your arms over your head
  • Then sit down into a squat position
  • Get thighs parallel with the ground as much as you can
  • Hold the pose for at least 30 seconds

You can feel this one in your legs, especially quadriceps.

6- Dolphin pose

  • Come down to your knees and elbows
  • Hands in front of you with fingers interlocked
  • Curl your toes and lift your knees and hips up off the ground
  • Put your head down and keep back in a straight line
  • Stay in the pose for at least 30 seconds

Dolphin pose is great to build arms and shoulders strength.

7- Tree pose

  • Start just withstanding firmly on the ground
  • Then, shift the weight from both feet to just one foot
  • Now, as you’re standing on just one foot, lift the other foot against your thigh
  • Arms go above the head
  • Core needs to be very strong here
  • Maintain the pose for at least 30 seconds

Another pose that appears easy, but once you try it, you realize how hard it is to keep the balance and not fall to the sides.

8- Fish pose

  • Begin by sitting down with legs straight on the ground
  • Keep elbows to your sides
  • Roll your back slightly backward and place elbows down on the ground
  • Open the chest up and bring the top of the head over to the ground
  • If you can’t reach the ground with the top of the head, adjust the elbows
  • Maintain the pose for at least 30 seconds

This pose relieves shoulder and back tensions (which we all suffer from, unfortunately). It also gets the blood moving through the whole body.