One day you looked in the mirror and there it was – cellulite, creeping up on your legs and butt just in time for swimsuit season. Nevertheless, it is good that there are a number of things that can help reduce cellulite. For instance, eating nutritious foods, drinking lots of water, and ensuring that you get enough sleep.
However, there is also something else you can do to diminish the appearance of unsightly cellulite – and that something is yoga!
In addition to yoga helping to reduce stress and increase internal peace, it also has positive effects on cellulite.
Try to understand how yoga solves the problem of cellulite:
- Yoga speeds up metabolism, thus increases metabolism in adipose tissue and cellulite lumps gradually dissolve;
- Yoga aligns hormones. Estrogen and testosterone levels are gradually coming back to normal. Carbohydrates are better absorbed, excess fats are no longer delayed;
- Yoga helps to improve blood circulation. The effect comes after the release of the asanas, when the blood rushes to your muscles active. When this occurs further lymphatic drainage effect
- Yoga works your muscles so that they become more toned, which makes your skin look smoother in the process.
If your goal is to minimize your cellulite’s appearance, you should consider a couple exercises…
Cellulite-Busting Yoga Exercises
Standing forward bend
Stand with feet hip-distance apart. Hinge forward at the hips, keeping a slight bend in your knees. Lay your chest on your upper thighs as you let your head fall toward the ground. Engage quadriceps muscles and slowly straighten legs, making sure your knees don’t lock and your hips stay over the center of your feet. Hold for 5-8 slow, deep breaths.
Stand with feet together, big toes touching, and ankles slightly apart. Bend at the knees, sitting hips back (as if into a chair) and lifting your chest up to the sky. At the same time, reach your arms up by your ears and lengthen through the fingertips, keeping shoulders relaxed and ab muscles held in.
Sit back as far as you can; aim to make up to a 90-degree angle with your legs (a shallower angle is fine – go as far as is comfortable) while keeping your back from rounding and knees from going past your toes. Hold for 5-8 breaths before standing up; repeat 3 more times.
Bend your knees slightly and cross your right leg over your left leg high at the thigh, then try to double cross it behind the left calf or ankle. Wrap your right arm under your left and back over top; press your palms together.
Squeeze thighs tight and pull your belly to your spine while you sink lower, bending slightly at the knee and a bit forward at the waist. Hold for 5 breaths, then repeat with arms and legs reversed.
Make it easier: If double-crossing your legs is too challenging, cross just once at the thigh and rest your top foot’s toes on the ground for balance. If your shoulders are too tight to double-cross your arms, wrap under only and press the backs of your hands together.
Simply sit on the floor with your legs straight and your feet out in front of you. Put each of your palms on the floor around 10 inches behind your hips, then lift your butt up into the air so that your body is straight as a board. Your neck should be straight as well, with your head facing the ceiling or sky.
Hold this position for a few breaths before lowering your body back to the floor, resting for a moment before raising it again.
This movement focuses primarily on your hamstrings (the muscles in the back of your thigh), which is the one area that cellulite often appears most.
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.
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.
Cow face pose
Start on your hands and knees, and slide your right leg back to cross over your left leg, squeezing high at the inner thighs. Open your feet out to the sides of your hips, and sit back between your heels. You will feel a great release in your hips and butt and a gentle stretching of the thighs. Hold this posture for as long as you like, at least 8-10 breaths, then switch legs and repeat.
Make it easier: Place some padding or a yoga block under your butt if you’re very tight in the hips or have knee problems. You can also come into this pose from a seated position with legs out in front; just be sure to cross your legs high enough at the upper thighs.
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.
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.
Begin in half shoulderstand (above). Now straighten your legs, extending them back out over your head, and rest your toes on the floor. Straighten your arms on the floor, palms down. Hold for 8-10 breaths, before bending your knees back to your forehead and lowering your body down onto the floor.
Practice these moves regularly and you can feel good knowing your improving your health and well-bring, and maybe even reducing the appearance of your cellulite at the same time!