Flat board tummy – that’s what each one of us craves for! And why not; a flat and toned abdomen has always been regarded as the most visible sign of good health. Fashion-conscious people may find plus size clothing but showing off a slim toned waistline is the ultimate fashion. And if you have been hitting many gyms in your pursuit of jaw-dropping well-toned abs, maybe it’s time to change the route. Try YOGA now!
In fact, all Yoga postures work at toning your body and channelizing your body energy. One big benefit of Yoga is that there are lesser chances of your weight bouncing back or body gaining inches lost if you discontinue yoga.
(Also Read: 15 Benefits of Yoga)
Our expert Yoga trainers enlist five best postures for flat abs. Though the best results come when you practice Yoga under a licensed Yoga trainer; enthusiastic ones may also try these postures at home.
1. Navasana – Boat Pose
Forget crunches and try doing the boat pose with utmost precision for 10 to 20 breaths each day, five times in a row. The pose involves raising your legs to 30 degree and raising your upper body with arms stretched towards the feet. The whole focus should be on your core muscles as you balance the tripod of your sitting bones and tailbone.It would be difficult to do at first but slowly the strength will increase.
2. Setubandh Aasan – The Bridge Pose
This yoga posture involves raising your pelvis up while your knees are folded with heels and back touching the floor. The arms should also keep lying on the floor to support your raised spine. Practice it for 15 to 20 breaths; 5 reps every day.
3. Utthita Trikonasana – The extended Triangle Pose
This is one of those postures which will work on your oblique and help you to get rid of side flab. The posture involves standing with legs wide. Spread your both arms and bend towards one side in such a way that one arm touches the foot while the other one is straightened up. This would bring your body in triangle shape. For best results, bend your body from hips and avoid bending forward while tilting sideways.
4. Bhujangasana – The Cobra Pose
Lie flat on your tummy with your arms folded near your chest. Now, raise your face and chest in such a way that you feel the stretch in your core muscles. The arms should stay in bent position and near your body. Stay in raised position for 15 to 30 seconds.
5. Shalabhasana – The Locust Pose
This posture involves lying down flat on your tummy and keeping your hands under the groin for support. With your chin touching the floor, one should raise both legs. In advanced variation, you may try to raise even the upper body while the legs touch 45 degree angle.
For more such asanas that directly impact your abs and result in a lean-strong body, enroll yourself at special Fitness-oriented Yoga classes at Yotopia.