Yoga to burn fat and cellulite
Reduce cellulite with yoga exercises
However, there’s also something else you can do to diminish the appearance of unsightly cellulite. That special cellulite busting remedy is YOGA!
1. Bridge pose
Lie on your back with knees bent and feet flat on a mat, hip-distance apart. Press down into your feet, and lift your hips and butt off the ground. Push your shoulders down away from your ears and interlace hands under your hips, pressing fists into mat. Tighten hamstring, butt, and core muscles, and hold for 5–8 breaths. Lower slowly to the ground, then repeat 2 more times.
2. Supported shoulder stand
Lie on a mat with a folded blanket under shoulders so neck and head are 1–2 inches lower than shoulders. Pushing palms against mat, bend knees. Lift feet, butt, and lower back off mat and reach legs overhead, aiming toes toward the ground behind you.
Bend elbows and place palms against lower back for support as you lift legs and reach feet toward ceiling. Hold for 30 seconds, working up to 5 minutes.
- Make it easier: Snuggle your back and butt up to a wall, then twist around so legs are straight up the wall while you lie back on the ground. (Your butt should still be tight up against where the wall meets the ground.) Press your thighs into the wall as you keep your feet parallel and slightly flexed; hold for 5 minutes.
3. Warrior III
Standing with your feet together, point left toe behind you, tipping weight forward onto right leg. Continue to lift your left leg and drop head and torso until you are in a straight horizontal line from head to toe; keep hands at sides. Make sure your left thigh, hip, and toes (pointed or flexed) stay facing downward; imagine balancing a tea cup on your lower back. Keep right kneecap lifted (not locked) and balance centered midfoot. Hold for 5 breaths, slowly return to standing, then switch legs and repeat.
- Make it easier: If balancing on one leg is a challenge, reach your arms out to the side like airplane wings to help you keep your balance. Or, hang on to the back of a chair or reach out and touch a wall. The important thing is to keep your back flat and your body in a straight line.
4. High lunge with a twist
Standing with feet together, press hands into prayer position at center of chest. Tighten abs and lunge left foot back so right knee is directly above right ankle. Hinge chest forward as you twist, from the waist, to the right.
Rest left elbow just outside right knee, keeping hips level and facing forward. Look up past right elbow; hold for 5–8 breaths. Bring torso back to center, lift chest, and return to standing; repeat with legs reversed.
- Make it easier: Keep your back knee on the floor if you’re wobbling around too much during the twist.
5. Incline Plank
I absolutely love this pose for toning the backs of the thighs—it’s a hamstring killer! It’s usually in this area that cellulite tends to be most prominent. Start seated with your legs out in front of you and bring your hands about 10 inches behind you with your fingers facing forward. Press firmly into your hands and feet and lift your hips up into an inverted plank.
Hold here for 5 to 8 breaths then lower down and repeat one more time.
6. Shoulder Stand
Shoulder stand and other inverted yoga poses help aid the lymphatic system. I like to think of this pose as flushing out the toxins and stimulating the fatty areas to break up and move out. Start lying down on your back. Use your lower abs to lift your hips up over head into plow pose.
Clasp your hands under your back and hike your shoulders up toward your ears to come off the back of your neck. Bend your elbows and place your hands on your lower back. Lift your legs up to the ceiling and engage your thighs actively to lengthen up out of your lower back.
Keep pressing firmly into the elbows. If you feel your neck compressed, at all come down or use padding under your shoulders.
Hold for 8 to 10 breaths (or longer if you can) before coming back down through plow and lowering to the floor.
Read some more anti cellulite yoga exercises if you're interested.