If you’ve ever been to a boot camp workout or tried a challenging HIIT circuit on your own, you know just how sweaty you can get when you challenge your body with these fast-paced workouts. But many people forget that a simple, and even slacken yoga flow can build you perspire like nobody’s damn business. As a yoga instructor, I love ensure the shocked look upon people’s faces when I tell them there are many yoga poses that attain you sweat way more than a lengthy treadmill sesh ever will.
Personally, I love transgressing a nice sweat before chilling out in savasana. But if you’re low-key pissed about purposefully drenching yourself in your own bodily fluids, perhaps you should remember that sweating during a workout is actually a good thing.
When you’re working hard and pushing your body, it can get overheated from current challenges. Sweat is just your body’s style of responding to these new challenges by maintaining your core temperature at a safe and steady level.
So, while you may be grossed out to see visible sweat stains left behind on your yoga mat after you finish your flow, simply remember that that is physical proof of how hard you’re working to strengthen and better your body.
Here are six yoga poses that are sure to build you sweat more than sprints and SoulCycle combined.
1. Downward Dog( Adho Mukha Svanasana)
Downward dog is a pose that is consistently returned to throughout a yoga practice. It may seem simple to some, but with a few tweaks, it can become one of the most challenging, sweat-infused asanas out there.
The key to violating a sweat in this bad boy is really engaging your legs, limbs, and core, and pushing into the mat with your widespread thumb tips-off while nudging your heels as close as they can get to the ground.
You can even add some movement here by flowing back and forth from a plank pose to down dog — if you’re up to the challenge, that is.
2. Boat Pose( Navasana)
Boat pose is no joke. Your legs will be shake, your abs will be burning, and your entire core will practically be praying for mercy.
And hey, you’ll even be channeling those literal boat vibes, if you think about your dripping perspiration as a body of water( too far ?).
3. Four-Limbed Staff Pose( Chaturanga Dandasana)
The four-limbed faculty pose is a strengthening shoulder-sculptor that is commonly done incorrectly, but when you use the proper alignment, you’ll be sweating more than that time you accidentally screenshot a text conversation and sent it to the incorrect person.
Make sure you keep your elbows as close to your body as is practicable in this yogi-style push-up, and try not to let your chest drop toward the floor.
For an extra sweaty faculty pose, try to raise your body back up without touching the ground, and sneak a couple more push-ups in there.
4. Side Plank Pose( Vasisthasana)
Side plank is a powerful limb and wrist strengthener. Its myriad of differences will stimulate you so sweaty, you might wonder if you accidentally signed up for hot yoga against your will.
Try out the classic, stacked-legs side timber first, and then transition to attempting to lift one leg for a serious core challenge.
5. Chair Pose( Utkatasana)
Utkatasana can sculpt your booties like no other type of squatting you’ve ever tried in their own lives. I know my students dislike me when I cue chair pose, but love me in the long run when they ensure all those #GluteGains.
As you sit deeper into your imaginary chair, and raise your chest higher, the pose will become more challenging and the sweat will be.
6. Handstand( Adho Mukha Vrksasana)
Practicing inversions like handstand, for even simply a couple of minutes, will give your upper body a serious jolt of energy.
I know it’s easy to be intimidated by this asana, but remember there are many differences that use the support of a wall to help you build up the force required to nail a handstand with ease.
But with hard work comes all the sweaty vibes, so be sure to save your rain for your yoga flow.