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.

2. The Bow (Dhanurasana)

The bow also helps digestion, fights constipation and increases flexibility.

3. The Pontoon/Boat (Naukasana)

The pontoon also strengthens the muscles in the legs and the back. This pose takes its name from the shape that's created when practicing it.

4. Board/Plank (Kumbhakasana)

This position firms, tones, and flattens the abdominals. This pose also strengthens the shoulders, arms, buttocks, and back.

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 is named after the position dogs use to stretch their bodies.

7. Hand-under-foot Pose (Padahastasana)

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)

Article by Mohsin Ghafoor of beliefnet.com

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