Nothing can worry a woman more than cellulite surfacing on her legs and butt, which is a common occurrence when she reaches the wrong side of thirties. Hormonal changes, poor diet, lack of exercise, obesity and genetic factors may be responsible for this unsightly change in your body. There are a number of things which can be done to get rid of these ugly looking lumps and bumps, and yoga makes one of the most effective amongst these. Since cellulite attacks the area around the thighs and butt, a yoga regime which focuses on exercising these parts is great for reducing cellulite.
Here are some of the best yoga poses to reduce cellulite:
1. Standing Forward Bend
A comprehensive exercise for legs and thighs, the standing forward bend is done in a standing position, with the feet placed hip distance apart. Slightly bend your knees and hinge forward at the hips. Take the upper chest to reach the upper thighs and bend your head towards the ground. Slowly straighten your left without locking the knees, with hips right over the center of the feet. Hold your breath for a few seconds.
2. Chair Pose
Another yoga pose which is useful for reducing cellulite is the chair pose. It is also done in standing position, with the feet touching at the big toes and ankles placed apart. Bend your body at the knees, taking the hips in a position as if sitting in a chair and lifting the chest upward. Take your arms upwards too the ear level, with shoulders relaxed and abdominal muscles held inwards. Sit back as far as you are comfortable and hold breath for a few seconds before retaining the original position. Repeat the pose 3 times.
3. Eagle Pose
In eagle pose, you have to start with bending you knees, with the right leg crossed over the left at the thigh. Attempt double crossing it behinds the left calf, now wrap the right arm under the left and back over the top, pressing the palms together. Bend slightly at the knee, squeezing the thighs as well as pulling the belly inwards as you try to sink lower. Hold for a few seconds and repeat the pose with the other arms and legs.
4. Cow Face Pose
Cow face pose is another effective yogasana for cellulite reduction. Start the pose with the hands and knees, with the right leg crossing over the left leg at the inner thighs. Open feet to reach the sides of the hips and sit back between the hips, which will cause a stretch at your thighs and relax the hips. Hold the pose as long as you can and then repeat with the other side.
5. Bridge Pose
Bridge pose is practiced lying down on the floor on your back, with the knees in a bent position and feet placed flat in the yoga mat, approximately hip distance apart. While pressing the feet down, try to lift the hips and butt above the ground. Push the shoulders down and place hands under the hips, with fists pressed into the mat. Tighten the muscles in your butt and hold for some seconds. Slowly release the position and lie down in original one. Repeat the pose twice.
6. Supported Shoulder Stand
Supported shoulder stand would require you to start in a reclining position over a yoga mat and have a folded blanket placed under the shoulder, so that the head is lower than the shoulders. Push your palms against the ground and bend your knees. Now lift your feet, butt and lower bat above the ground and reach your legs overhead, trying to take your toes towards the floor behind your head. At the same time, bend your elbows and place the palms against the lower back area to provide support to your legs as you try to take them towards the ceiling. Stay in the position for around 30 seconds in the beginning, gradually increasing the interval to 5 minutes as per your comfort level.
All these yoga poses can help you combat cellulite formation to a great extent, but they should not be practiced without the supervision of a yoga practitioner, particularly if you are suffering from back pain or some other chronic health condition.