Top 6 Yoga Poses That Boost Your Metabolism

Lose weight faster with these fat-burning poses. Add them into your existing fitness routine to maximize the benefits.

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1. Locust Pose

This pose will strengthen your legs and lower back, while opening up your chest, and elongating your spinal column. To perform the pose, lie on your stomach with your arms straight alongside your body, palms towards your thighs. Lift up your head, shoulders, arms, and legs off the floor, balancing on your pelvis. Hold the position for 30-45 seconds before relaxing back to the floor. Repeat three times.

2. Bow Pose

This pose will specifically open up your chest and strengthen your back muscles. Begin by lying on your stomach with your hands alongside your body, palms facing up. Bend your knees and reach back to grab your ankles. Keep your knees hip distance apart, and lift your heels up and away from your body. Your chest should also be pulled up off the floor. Hold the position for 30-45 seconds, then relax. Repeat three times.

3. Crescent Lunge Pose

This pose will get your heart rate up, strengthen your legs, and give your hips a nice deep stretch. Start the pose in downward dog position. Step your right foot between your hands, then lower your hips into lunge position and shift your weight onto the ball of your back foot. At the same time, bring your hands to your hips. Lift your upper body up straight, and bring your arms up above you toward the ceiling, with your palms facing in. Hold for 45 seconds, then switch sides.

4. Bridge Pose

Try this pose to open your chest and shoulders. Lie on your back with your knees bent. Your feet should be shoulder-width apart and flat on the floor. Lift your pelvis up toward the ceiling, keeping your hands flat on the floor. Hold the position for 45 seconds, then relax to the floor. Repeat three times.

5. Plow Pose

This pose will help increase hormone and endorphin circulation in your body, which will assist your metabolism and make you feel great. Start by lying on your back and bringing your legs straight up toward the ceiling. Keep your arms alongside your body, with your palms down. Press down through your hands and bring your legs over your head. When your feet hit the ground, clasp your hands together and roll your shoulder blades toward each other. Hold for 45 seconds, then roll back to the starting position. Repeat two or three times.

6. Shoulder Stand

This pose is similar to the plow pose, and has some of the same benefits. Lie on your back with your hands at your sides, palms down. Lift your legs into the air toward the ceiling. Press your hands into the floor to bring your legs over your head into plow pose. Bring your hands to your lower back for support, then slowly lift one leg at a time straight up into the air. Attempt to keep your body as vertical as possible for one to three minutes, then carefully lower yourself to the floor.