Is yoga good for weight loss? This relaxing routine burns

The ancient practice of yoga focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing.

Originating in India 5,000 years ago, it has been adapted in many countries using numerous poses and routines.

Depending on which exercises you do, it can also help with weight loss.

This is especially the case if you practice more active forms of yoga, with more dynamic movements.

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Yoga promotes awareness of the body through a gentle, relaxing practice, which may also aid your weight loss.

Here we reveal a yoga routine which can help you burn more than 500 calories, designed by founder of OM Yoga in New York, Cyndi Lee.

The routine, which she shared with Fitness Magazine, aims to zap calories through a series of sun salutations which challenge your core, upper and lower body.

Cindy suggests to do the sequence four to five times, which should take around an hour.

The yoga routine will be started and finished with a sun salutation, and there will be four moves done forwards and in reverse in between.

Each time you finish the main routine you will add a challanging pose to keep the heart rate elevated.

Each sun salutation should take about 15 minutes with all the variations. This will help you tone your body and melt away the calories.

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Start by standing at the front of the mat, with space behind you to step back on.

1. Mountain Pose

This relaxing post requires you to stand tall with your feet together with your arms down at your sides.

Your weight will be evenly distributed, as you take a deep breath, raise your arms towards the sky with your palms facing each other.

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2. Standing Forward Bend

From here you will breathe out as you sweep your arms sideways while you bend forward.

Make sure to bend at the hip while you try to reach the floor with your fingertips.

Keep the fingers in line with the toes, but if you can’t touch the floor just leave them by the side of the feel. Put your head down.

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3. Forward Bend, Flat Back

Keep your feet in the same place, and put your fingertips on the ground near the outer edges of your feet.

Inhale and lift your torso halfway up with a flat back. If you can’t keep your fingers on the ground you can touch your shins or knees.

4. Downward Dog

A well-known yoga pose, this requires you to bend your knees, place palms flat on the ground and jump both feet back.

From here you can press your back down into the downward dog pose, making sure your feet are hip-width apart.

Press your heels toward the ground, making for a deep stretch.

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5. Reverse the series back to the start

Now simply lower your legs to the ground and return to forward bend with flat back.

From here go to mountain pose, completing the series.

Then you should start adding one new challenge element each round, until you have used them all.

1. Half Push-Up series

Part 1: Tabletop to Half Push-Up

From Downward dog get on all fours, making sure your knees are under your hips, and hand are under your shoulders.

While pulling in your abs, bend elbows 45 degrees in a half push-up.

Keeping your arms close to your sides, straighten your arms, repeat four to six times.

Part 2: Extended Child’s Pose

Then, straighten your arms and bring your tailbone backwards.

Rest the back of your thighs on your heels and hold for a few breaths.

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2. Lunge Jump

After the push-up series, return to downward dog. Put your left leg forward between your hands.

Bend your left knee 90 degrees and keep the other straight while you breathe.

Switch legs by jumping and repeat 4 to 6 times.

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3. Warrior Series

After completing the main series, tabletop to half push up and lunge jump end in downward dog.

The Warrior pose is similar to the lunge jump, but raise arms overhead next to your ears.

Hold the post for 3 to 5 breaths.

When switching, simply straighten your leg while lowing arms, but keep your palms in and right heel lifted.

Repeat the whole thing 4 to 6 times.

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4. Chair with Twist

From a Mountain pose with raised arms, bend your knees and push your bum back.

Bring your palms together in front of your chest and bend forward, almost touching your thighs with your stomach.

Twist your body to the left, hold for 1 to 2 breaths, then return to the centre. Do the same to the right.

Do the exercise 4 to 6 times in each direction.