Best Yoga Poses for Belly Fat
A monotonous lifestyle, unhealthy eating habits, lack of exercise and high stress levels are all reasons for that pot belly. The wider your belly, the higher the risk level! There are no shortcuts to get rid of belly fat, but proper diet along with good fitness routines can reduce belly fat to a great extent. Yoga is always an option if you do not want to go to the gym. This not only helps reduce abdominal fat but also allows your body and mind to rejuvenate.
This pose works well to loosen your body for the rest of your practice. To do this pose, stand up straight with your feet flat, the heel slightly stretched, and your big feet touching. Place your palms in front of your body. Now, unfold your hands and keep your palms close to each other. Now inhale, stretch your spine, and then raise your hands above your head. Take out your body as much as possible. If you like a challenge more, raise your ankles a bit by turning your eyes upward and try standing on your toes. If you do not want to take this step, keep your feet flat. Breathe deeply and try to hold the pose for 20 to 30 seconds. Upon exhaling, slowly bring your feet back to the floor. Repeat this pose ten times, with 10 seconds of rest between each pose.
Known as leaning forward, this asana stimulates the center of the solar plexus. It not only acts as a toning pose, but also bends forward providing an appreciable level of stretch to the hamstrings, thighs and hips. This asana is ideal for those who have digestive disorders. Sit on the floor with your legs in front. Keep your spine erect, inhale and stretch your hands above your head without bending your elbows. Slowly come forward and try to touch your toes, once you can do that hold them and try pulling them backwards till you experience a stretch on your hamstrings. Breathe in and hold your tummy in and try to retain the position for 60-90 seconds. Repeat these 10 times in the beginning, then slowly do it 25 times or more. Caution: Do not attempt if you have slip disc disorders, abdominal surgery, asthma and diarrhoea.
Chaturanga is one of the best poses to develop upper body strength. Imagine a push-up, but with your elbows tucked into the “down” position and hovering. Start in the tabletop position with hands directly under the shoulders and toes. Attach your core and move your legs back to get into the traditional Planck pose at a time. Once you are in the plank, squeeze your elbow into your sides. Slide your bodyweight slightly forward and start lowering yourself until your arms start bending at a 90-degree angle. Remember to squeeze your elbows towards your arms.
Bhujangasana (Cobra pose)
This asana mainly works on strengthening your abdominal muscles and relaxing the lower back. Lie on the floor, face down. Spread your hands on the floor, next to your shoulders. Bring your feet backwards, over the feet touching the floor and inhale slowly and raise your upper body. Make sure your pubis and toes form a straight line and touch the floor. Hold this position for 25–30 seconds. Release and return to the position of lying back while exhaling.
This forward fold is good for the heart and relieves issues like anxiety and is good for slowing heart rate. Abdominals tend to be soft and relaxed, allowing the stomach to do its job, appropriately addressing major or minor stomach issues. Stand in tadasana posture, with your hands on both sides of the body, while your feet rest together, the heel touches each other. Keep your spine straight. Breathing deeply, raise your hand upwards. As you exhale, bend forward as if your body is parallel to the floor. Then exhale, and bend forward completely, so that your body falls away from the hips. Try to touch the floor, with palms directly on the floor, and without bending your knees. Beginners may try to touch the toes or just the ankles, doing their work on the floor.