Twisting Yoga Poses for Weight Loss - Yoga Practice Blog

Twisting Yoga Poses for Weight Loss

twisting yoga poses for weight lossBy Faye Martins

Do twisting asanas yoga poses for weight loss work? Practicing asanas is a great way to increase your metabolism, strengthen your muscles and tone your entire body. There are many different types of Yoga asanas and practices. Some Yoga sessions are more restorative and relaxing in nature while other sequences, such as vinyasa or flowing types of Yoga practices, are more strenuous and burn more calories. If you are interested in losing some weight and trimming your waistline, while maintaining good muscle tone, the regular practice of flowing Yoga sequences with twisting yoga poses for weight loss is very effective.


Yoga for Weight Loss: Twisting Asanas

Variety is just as important as twisting yoga poses for weight loss. Incorporating twisting Yoga asanas into your regular practice will further help you to trim your waistline, burn fat and strengthen your muscles. As you practice twisting poses, you will also detoxify many of your internal organs as you gently and repeatedly wring out tension with each succeeding inhale and exhale. Twisting Lunge is a great standing Yoga asana for strengthening your quadriceps, improving your balance and flushing your organs with new blood and oxygen. It is optimal to practice Twisting Lunge after warming up with a series of Sun Salutations, Triangle Pose and Side Angle Pose.


Twisting Lunge

Among  the twisting yoga poses for weight loss are Twisted Lunge variations. When you are warmed up, stand at the front end of your mat in Samasthiti. With an exhale, jump your feet three to four feet apart. Turn your right foot parallel to the sides of your mat and your left foot in at a 45 degree angle. The back of your heels should be in alignment with each other. With an inhale, raise your arms to shoulder height with your palms facing towards your mat. Gaze over your right middle finger as you bend your right knee to a 90 degree angle. Do not bend your knee further than the line of your ankle. Hold Warrior One Pose for several breaths before proceeding to Twisting Lunge.


With your next inhale, cartwheel your left arm over your head and hook your left elbow on the outside of your right knee. Be careful to maintain the correct alignment of your knees and feet as you transition into Twisting Lunge. Place your palms together in prayer position with your right elbow pointing up towards the sky. With each exhale, twist a little deeper into the pose by applying gentle pressure to your right knee with your left elbow. With each inhale, release the pose slightly. Hold Twisting Lunge for three to five complete breaths. When you are finished, with your next exhale, release your arms. With an inhale, walk or jump your feet back to the top of the Yoga mat. Pause for a moment in Samasthiti to feel the rejuvenating and invigorating effects of Twisting Lunge. Repeat on the left hand side. Remember that twisting yoga poses for weight loss go well with a mix of asanas and flows.


© Copyright – Aura Wellness Center – Publications Division

Do you want to become a mindfulness meditation teacher?

To see our selection of Yoga instructor courses and continuing education courses, please visit the following link.

Click here to see our online Yoga Nidra teacher training course.

Are you an experienced teacher looking for YACEP credits or continuing education?

Subscribe to Our Newsletter for Special Discounts and New Products

Related Resources


52 Essential Principles of Yoga Philosophy to Deepen your Practice

by Rina Jakubowicz


A Relaxing Way to De-stress, Re-energize, and Find Balance

by: Gail Boorstein Grossman


by B.K.S. Iyengar

TEACHING YOGA: Essential Foundations and Techniques

By Mark Stephens

See our testimonials to find out what our graduates have to say about teaching yoga sessions and our selection of affordable yoga teacher training intensive courses.


3 thoughts on “Twisting Yoga Poses for Weight Loss”

Leave a Comment

Your Cart