Burn fat and reduce cellulite with yoga moves
I know exactly how it feels to see cellulite creeping from the behind (or on your behind!), especially now when we're all so bombarded with picture perfect models. First thing you should know is that those pictures are usually super photoshopped. Just think that about 90% of us suffer from cellulite.
Yoga exercises for burning fat and busting cellulite
Besides some classic anti cellulite exercises, let's see what are some other moves that target the cellulite affected area, like some fat burning yoga poses maybe?!
Do this 20 minute sequence three days a week, adding 30 minutes of vigorous cardio, four times a week. I can almost guarantee you that you’ll see smoother skin in just six weeks.
1. Standing forward bend
Stand with feet hip-distance apart. Hinge forward at the hips, keeping a slight bend in your knees. Lay your chest on your upper thighs as you let your head fall toward the ground. Engage quadriceps muscles and slowly straighten legs, making sure your knees don’t lock and your hips stay over the center of your feet.
Hold for 5–8 slow, deep breaths.
2. Chair pose
Stand with feet together, big toes touching, and ankles slightly apart. Bend at the knees, sitting hips back (as if into a chair) and lifting your chest up to the sky. At the same time, reach your arms up by your ears and lengthen through the fingertips, keeping shoulders relaxed and ab muscles held in.
Sit back as far as you can; aim to make up to a 90-degree angle with your legs (a shallower angle is fine—go as far as is comfortable) while keeping your back from rounding and knees from going past your toes.
Hold for 5–8 breaths before standing up; repeat 3 more times.
3. Eagle pose
Bend your knees slightly and cross your right leg over your left leg high at the thigh, then try to double cross it behind the left calf or ankle. Wrap your right arm under your left and back over top; press your palms together.
Squeeze thighs tight and pull your belly to your spine while you sink lower, bending slightly at the knee and a bit forward at the waist. Hold for 5 breaths, then repeat with arms and legs reversed.
- Make it easier: If double-crossing your legs is too challenging, cross just once at the thigh and rest your top foot’s toes on the ground for balance. If your shoulders are too tight to double-cross your arms, wrap under only and press the backs of your hands together.
4. Cow face pose
Start on your hands and knees, and slide your right leg back to cross over your left leg, squeezing high at the inner thighs. Open your feet out to the sides of your hips, and sit back between your heels. You will feel a great release in your hips and butt and a gentle stretching of the thighs. Hold this posture for as long as you like, at least 8–10 breaths, then switch legs and repeat.
- Make it easier: Place some padding or a yoga block under your butt if you’re very tight in the hips or have knee problems. You can also come into this pose from a seated position with legs out in front; just be sure to cross your legs high enough at the upper thighs.
If you're really into yoga, you can add some more exercises to your fat burning anti cellulite routine.