Benefits of yoga asanas for getting rid of hip bulges and love handles:
Naukasana or boat pose:
According to Malaika, this pose creates pressure on the abdominal muscles and that helps in strengthening the core and helping the body burn unwanted fat bulging around the hips.
How to perform Naukasana
Step 1: Lie down on your back, keeping it straight. Now, bring your upper body 45° off the floor.
Step 2: Pivot your body weight on your hips and lift your legs 45° off the floor.
Step 3: Ensure that your toes are aligned with your eyes and try to prevent bending your knees.
Step 4: Keep your arms parallel to the ground, pointing forward. Finish it off by tightening your abdominal muscles and straightening your back.
Bhujangasana or cobra pose
Doing Bhujangasana daily gives the abdomen a much-needed massage and stretch and “works wonders on helping get rid of the annoying bulging love handles,” says Malaika.
How to perform Bhujangasana
Step 1: Start by lying down flat on your stomach
Step 2: Now keep your arms by the side of your chest, while keeping your hands (palms down) underneath your shoulders
Step 3: Stretch your feet, keeping them together, with your toes pointed out
Step 4: While inhaling, lift your upper body
Step 5: Gently arch your neck upwards and ensure that your stomach is pressed on the floor
Step 6: Hold the pose for 20-25 seconds
Step 7: Now exhale and slowly come back to the starting position
Step 8: Repeat 2 to 3 times
Prasarita Padottanasana or wide-legged standing forward bend
Malaika vouches for this asana for effective burning of fat around the arms, abdomen, thighs and hips. “Regular practice of this asana will help you tone the body and reduce mental stress,” she said.
How to perform
Step 1: Spread your feet about 4-feet apart.
Step 2: The inner feet are parallel to one another with toes slightly turned inward.
Step 3: Press the outer edges of your feet and big toes firmly into the floor.
Step 4: Engage your quads by lifting them up. Bring your hands to the hips.
Step 5: As you inhale, lift the chest. Then exhale and bend forward keeping length through the torso.
Step 6: Release your hands to the floor, aligning them under the shoulders.
Step 7: Draw the head down towards the floor.
Step 8: Keep the wrists aligned under the elbows, spread the fingers, pull the belly in and lift your quads and maintain the position for five cycles of long and deep breathing.