Feel the burn with this 8-minute yoga routine
The general opinion of yoga is that its great for stretching, and meditation. There are plenty of Yogis out there who know the benefits of yoga can be far more surmountable. For all of you, we have put together this intense 8-minute fat burning yoga routine.
What muscles will burn: Quads, Hamstrings, Glutes, and Upper Back
- Start with your feet together. Inhale to bend your knees and lower your hips as you raise your arms overhead, coming into Fierce Pose.
- Exhale to cross your right elbow over to your outer left knee. Press your palms together and actively push your bottom elbow against your thigh to lift and rotate your chest up, increasing the twist. Pull your right hip back slightly, making sure both knees are parallel.
- Stay for five breaths (about 30 seconds) in Side Fierce, then inhale as you press into your feet and lift your torso, rising back into Fierce pose. Exhale to cross your left elbow over your right knee, holding for another five breaths on this side.
- Rise back up to stand.
What Muscles Will Burn: Quads, Hamstrings, and Glutes
- Steps open to the right, opening your legs about three feet apart. Turn your heels in.
- Bend your knees coming into a wide squat until your thighs are parallel to the ground. Your knees should be directly over your ankles, so adjust your feet if you need to.
- When you’re ready, lift your arms up, bending your elbows so they are at 90-degree angles, and open your palms away from you.
- Hold here for five deep breaths. Then step back to the front of the mat.
Knee to Tricep Plank
What Muscles Will Burn: Pecs, Triceps, Biceps, and Abs
- Fold forward, place the palms on the mat, and take a vinyasa coming into down dog.
- Inhale as you shift your shoulders over the wrists, coming into plank position with straight arms and legs.
- Bend your right knee and draw it forward as you bend your right elbow slightly, resting your right knee on your tricep. Keep the core engaged as you hold for five breaths.
- Step your right leg back and repeat with the left knee bent for another five.
- Release back to Down Dog.
What Muscles Will Burn: Deltoids, Pecs, Abs, and Quads
- From Down Dog, lower onto your forearms and walk your feet out. Your body should be in one straight line with your shoulders directly above your elbows.
- Hold Dolphin Plank for five breaths.
- Press back to Down Dog.
Burning Low Lunge
What Muscles Will Burn: Quads, Hamstrings, and Glutes
- From Down Dog, step your right foot all the way forward between your hands, coming into a low lunge.
- Lower your torso, and reach your right arm underneath your bent right knee. Interlace both hands in front of your right ankle. Keep all the weight in your legs, resisting the urge to lean into your hands. If this is too intense for your thigh muscle to hold (it’s a killer move!), rest one or both hands on the floor.
- Breathe deeply in this Burning Low Lunge for five breaths.
- Step Back to Down Dog and repeat on the left side for another five deep breaths.
- Come back to Downward Facing Dog.
What Muscles Will Burn: Triceps and Oblique’s
- From Downward Facing Dog, step both feet together so your big toes are touching. Move your right hand over to the left so it’s at the top center of your mat.
- Roll over to your side and plant your right heel down, balancing on outside edge of your right flexed foot. Reach your left arm straight above you or extended it over your ear.
- Stay here in Beginner’s Sage (Side Plank) for five deep breaths, trying to keep you core strong and the pose steady
- Repeat this pose on the left side, then come back to down dog.
What Muscles Will Burn: triceps, chest, abs, and glutes.
- From Downward Dog, shift your weight forward, so your shoulders are directly over your wrists, coming into a plank position.
- Bend your elbows behind you , squeezing your arms in, elbows by your rib cage, as you lower down. Hold Four-Limbed Staff with your body in one straight line, making sure your elbows are at 90-degree angles.
- Lift your right leg a few inches off of the floor, pointing your toes, and hold for about five breaths.
- Release back to Down Dog, then come back to plank. Lower into Chatarunga and lift the left foot off the floor for another five breaths.
- Release your left foot to the floor, inhale into Upward Facing Dog, and exhales into Downward facing dog.
What muscles will burn: spinal erectors, posterior deltoid (back of shoulder), and glutes
- From Down Dog, move into plank, then lower your belly onto the mat with your legs together. Extend your arms on the ground in front of you, shoulder-distance apart.
- As you inhale, lift your legs, head, and upper body off the floor, extending the hands away from the feet.
- As you breathe, try to relax your shoulders and the glutes. Extend the crown of your head away from your toes, lengthening as much as you can through your spine.
- Stay in Extended Locust for five breaths, and then release bat to the mat.
What Muscles Will Burn: Abs and hip flexors
- From Extended Locust, come to sit on your tush with your legs extended in front of you.
- Bend your knees into your chest, finding balance on the sitting bones with spine long.
- Straighten your legs as much as you can without rounding the spine. If your back starts to hunch, bend the knees so the shins are parallel with the floor. Your legs don’t need to be straight- the action of keeping your spine long and draw the belly in nice and tight, squeezing your core.
- Hold in boat for five complete breaths. Keep your chest lifted.
What Muscles Burn: triceps, rhomboids (between the shoulder blades), and hamstrings.
- Sit with your legs extended in front of you, toes touching. Place your palms behind your hips about six to eight inches away, with your fingers pointing toward your toes.
- As you inhale, press into your hands and feet firmly, lifting your hips into the air. Lift them as high as you can so your spine is in a long line. Slowly release your head back, looking behind you and opening through your throat.
- Stay here for five deep breaths, then lower your hips back to the floor.
What Muscles Will Burn: Spinal erectors, trapezius, posterior deltoid (back of shoulder), and hamstrings- this pose stretches the front of the body.
- Lie on your back, bend your knees, and place your feet flat on the ground (heels as close as possible to your bum). Bend your elbows and place your palms flat on the ground above your shoulders, with your fingertips facing your feet.
- Inhale, press into your palms, and lift your head, shoulders, and hips off the ground, holding Wheel Pose for five deep breaths.
- Hug your knees to your chest, releasing your lower back.
Let all of the cares of your day float away for those 8-10 minutes. You could extend this routine, by making it your own. Turn it into a flow. Focus on your breath and keeping your core strong and tight.
Enjoy your yoga!