10 Yoga Poses to Reduce Stubborn Belly Fat

1. The Cobra (Bhujang asana)

The cobra pose has the ability to strengthen the ab muscles and strengthen the upper body by helping build a strong flexible spine. To practice this position, simply lay on your stomach and draw your chest up without disturbing your hip bones. Use your arms to gently push your body upward.

2. The Bow (Dhanurasana)

The bow helps you lose belly fat by tightening your abs and increasing core strength. It also helps digestion, fights constipation and increases flexibility. Lay on your stomach and gently draw your chest and your legs up. Clasp your hands behind your ankles and hold this position a few seconds then release.

3. The Pontoon/Boat (Naukasana)

The pontoon helps reduce belly fat near the waistline in addition to strengthening the muscles in the legs and the back. This pose takes its name from the shape that's created when practicing it. You begin this position by lying down flat on your back. Gently lift your chest and your legs with your arms outstretched to form this pose.

4. Board/Plank (Kumbhakasana)

This pose helps get rid of belly fat as well as strengthen the shoulders, arms, buttocks, and back. This position firms, tones, and flattens the abdominals. Begin by laying on your stomach and gently raise your body to a push-up position and hold it.

5. Wind Easing Posture (Pavanamukthasana)

In addition to toning the abdominals, this pose helps with back pain and relieves trapped gas in the stomach and intestines.

6. Downward Facing Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

This pose compresses the stomach region which helps to firm it and accelerates weight loss. This pose is named after the position dogs use to stretch their bodies. Begin on your hands and knees and gently stretch your body up to form a teepee position. Hold the pose for a few seconds and release.

7. Hand-under-foot Pose (Padahastasana)

This pose applies pressure to the belly region and helps to reduce it. Begin this pose from a standing position without bending your legs. Gently bend at the waist and slide your palms under your feet. Hold this position for a few seconds before gently releasing it.

8. Chair Pose (Utkatasana)

This pose tones the entire torso and strengthens the organs in the abdominal region.

9. Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar)

This pose helps tone the abdominal region and builds strength and flexibility. The sun salutation encompasses 12 different movements that can be practiced to tone and strengthen the body. However, the fourth pose puts particular emphasis on the abdominal region.

Ashwa Sanchalanasana (Equestrian Pose) begins on the hands and knees. Push your left leg back as far as possible and bring your right leg forward. Your hands should be on the ground to help maintain the position. Hold this position for a few seconds and then gently release it.

10. Seated-forward-bend Pose (Paschimottanasana)

This position isolates and pressurizes the abdominal region. Begin by sitting on the floor with your legs stretched out in front of you. Gently clasps your feet and draw your torso and head towards your feet. Get as close as you can to your feet and hold the position for a few seconds before releasing it.

Article by Mohsin Ghafoor of beliefnet.com

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