Are you tired of practicing the same old slow motion yoga routine every day? Are you not feeling the same energy or witnessing results anymore? Has your body hit the plateau and you are unable to resolve it? It is time to power up your workout sessions by trying yoga with weights.
Weight training has been eminent for providing the body with high-intensity workout and fat loss. Its’ fat burning effect lasts for up to five hours post working out. Weight training helps develop tone, builds leans muscle in the body which, in turn, aids in promoting its strength, stamina and endurance. On the other hand, Yoga is a proven boon for all those who want to tone up their body along with improving its flexibility and lose weight.
Yoga and weight training put together becomes ‘power yoga’- high-intensity workout that works on developing five most vital elements of the body: muscle, tone, strength, stamina, and endurance.
All you are advised to do is merge a regular session of yoga with weights. You can pick a pair of dumbbells, weight plates or kettlebells for this work out and get on with it. The weight can range between 5 pounds – 25 pounds depending upon the strength of your body.
Here are a few exercises where in you can implement weights with yoga therapy for maximizing weight loss and to get past that plateau:
Ashwa Sanchalana with Weight plates or Dumbbells
Ashwa Sanchalana or the horse pose can be intensified by holding up to 10 pounds of dumbbells in each hand. This posture rigorously works your glutes and your thighs.
Navasana with Dumbbells
Adding up to pounds of weight to each side during Navasana or the boat pose heats your core and rigorously work your abdominal muscles. If your core is not strong enough, then try 5 pounds instead.
Tiryaka Tadasana Yoga with Weight plates
If you want to work up your sides and bring out the natural curves of your body along with gaining an amazing tone, then hold 10 pounds of weight plate between your arms while performing this exercise.
Virabhadrasana Modification Yoga with Weights
Try the famous virabhadrasana or the warrior pose with dumbbells or kettlebells while performing body twists. This pose would flame up the entire core of your body.
Chaturanga Dandasana with Weight Plates
For ultimate core strengthening and abdominal toning along with getting a strong curvy back, try the Chaturanga Dandasana with an up to 20 pounds of weight plate stacked on your lower back. Holding this pose up to 60 seconds gives you high end resistance training.
Malasana Modification with Kettlebells
Try the ‘sumo’ modification of Malasana and hold a kettle bell of about 20 pounds during this pose. This asana intensely burns fat in your inner thighs, helps you strengthen your knee and carves your glutes.
These are some of the best exercises to try when aiming to achieve optimal weight loss with yoga. These power-packed exercises would not only help you shed off all the kilos, but also motivate you up to set a brand new, tougher target for yourself.
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