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Try these fat-burning exercises on the yoga mat

by , 20 June 2017
Try these fat-burning exercises on the yoga mat
Yoga focuses on improving your flexibility, strength and mind-body connection, but that doesn't mean it can't get your heart rate going and make you work up a sweat, too!

That's right - yoga can be an effective tool to torch calories and get your head in a good space. Read on for the fat-burning exercises you can do on your yoga mat that experts recommend...

Fat-burning exercises you can do on your yoga mat

Choose the right style class
First things first – you need to pick the right style class. This is Sarah Vera’s, a wellness coach and yoga instructor based in New York City, top tip. “There are so many different types of yoga to explore, and every teacher will offer something unique to them in their classes. If the goal is specifically to get a greater calorie burn on your mat, try what are often referred to as 'power' yoga classes. These will typically be faster-paced and some may even include weights or strength training, which will always result in greater caloric burn,” she says.

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Do yoga before breakfast
Exercising before you eat in the morning – for example, a flow before breakfast – can rev up your metabolism, according to research from the Research Centre for Exercise and Health n Belgium. What’s more, “creating a daily yoga practice every morning–even if it is 15 min of sun salutations – will help to set your day off in the right direction,” says Jacque Crockford, exercise physiology content manager for the American Council on Exercise.
 
Move through your poses slowly
The trick to burning serious calories on the mat? Move through familiar poses as slowly as possible, suggests Casey Anderson, a yoga instructor at Y7 yoga in New York City. “Maybe the next time you find yourself doing a chaturanga (high plank to mid plank) into upward facing dog, see how slowly you can move through that transition,” she suggests. “See if you can use your entire exhale breath to complete your chatauranga before inhaling to upward facing dog. This is a transition that yogis so often rush through. Slowing down will force your muscles to work harder, giving you a greater calorie burn and even more importantly, a stronger connection to your breath and body.”
 
Doing fat-burning exercises on your yoga mat is as simple as that!

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