Sure, if you want to lose weight you need a diet that works for you (and eh hem, your lifestyle) and regular bouts of exercise. But that doesn’t mean you need to be going all-out every single day with sweat-dripping cardio or heavy weight-lifting to see results. Research shows that yoga can help in a weight-loss routine because it can boost flexibility, increase mental focus, and yes, burn fat. If you’re just getting started, try the “start with” moves to help you get in the groove. Once you feel comfortable with those, give yourself a challenge with the “make it harder” exercises. And don’t be surprised if you feel inclined to start showing off your new skills on Instagram soon—hey, if you’ve got it, flaunt it.
START WITH: CHAIR POSE
Start with feet slightly apart, inhale, and raise your arms straight overhead so your palms face in and your triceps are next to your ears. Exhale and bend your knees, pushing your butt back and lowering toward the floor as though sitting in a chair. Your torso will naturally lean slightly forward over the thighs; try to keep your shoulders down and back. Continue to take deep inhales and exhales; work your way up to holding the position for five breaths.
Works your: thighs, butt, abs, hips, arms