YOGA ASANAS TO GET RID OF LOVE HANDLES
1. Utkatasana or chair pose
This is a great practice to tone the hips and thigh muscles and can help burn away the extra fat.
- Begin by standing at the beginning of your mat, raise your arms up with your fingertips reaching for the sky, and gently bend your knees such that your thighs are parallel to your mat.
- Ensure that your knees do not extend further than your toe level and your pelvis doesn’t go below your knee level.
- Your calves and thighs must be at right angles to each other at this point.
- Keep your back straight and face forward and hold this asana for 30 seconds.
2. Santulanasana or balancing pose
- Lie down straight on your stomach and place your toes on the mat with your heels pointing up.
- Bend your arms at the elbow and place your palms beside your chest.
- Lift your chest, pelvis, thighs and knees off the mat and your arms forward such that your elbows are straight.
- Your shoulder must hover above your wrist and not cross over it. Ensure that your back is straight and that you’re looking straight and forward.
- Hold and repeat the exercise for a stronger core and reduced side flabs.
3. Chaturanga dandasana or four-limbed staff pose
- Again, lie flat on your stomach with your toes touching the mat and heels facing towards the ceiling.
- Now, place your palms on the either sides of your chest and lift your body off the mat.
- At this point, your elbows must be bent at a 90-degree angle and only your palms and toes should be in contact with the mat.
- Hold for as long as you can and then slowly, lower down your body and lie down on the mat again.
4. Vrikshasana or tree pose
Keep an idea of your risk of weight-related issues.
- Stand at the beginning of your mat and lift your right leg off the floor, cupping your right foot in your palms.
- Now, try to place your foot on your left inner thigh using your hands such that your heel is close to your pelvis and your toes point downwards.
- Once you get the grip and balance, bring your palms together to fold your hands, assuming the ‘pranaam mudra’ in front of your chest.
- While you’re at it, ensure that your back is straight and your balance is intact as you stand on one leg.
Hold and let this pose weave its magic on your sides and hip and get set to bid farewell to the extra side flab.
5. Naukasana or boat pose
- Sit on your mat with your legs stretched out.
- Lift your legs making a 30-degree angle with the floor while tilting your upper body backwards to balance your body using the strength of your pelvis and hips.
- At the same time, raise your arms and keep them stretched out and parallel to your legs with your palms facing each other.
- Make sure that your back is straight and your toes are pointing upward and hold this posture.