FLAT BELLY EXERCISE FOR YOU:
Also called the boat pose, it helps to strengthen your abdominal and core muscles. What’s more, it is also a helpful asana to build self-confidence, willpower and self-control.
Here’s how to do it:
1. Sit on a mat with your legs stretched out in front of you, and your hands on your side.
2. Now, bend your knees and raise your legs. Straighten your legs and push your upper body away from your legs.
3. When your thighs and your upper body make a ‘V’, stretch out your arms, and hold the pose for at least 10 breaths.
4. Now, slowly move towards the starting position and relax.
2. Utkatasana (chair pose)
This pose works well to not just strengthen your abdominal area, but also strengthens calves, back, and hip flexors.
Here’s how you can do it:
1. First, stand straight.
2. Join your palms to make the namaste gesture at your heart chakra, and raise your arms up.
3. Bend your knees and slowly lower your pelvis.
4. Keep your pelvis parallel to the floor, bending your knees at a 90-degree angle.
5. Align your ankles and knees in one straight line. Focus your gaze on your palms.
6. Ensure that your spine remains erect.
3. Eka pada ashtanga namaskara (one-legged eight-limb pose)
Also called eight-limb salutation or caterpillar pose, this asana is another way to say namaste but with a twist of yoga, says Malakia. The good news is everything from your chin to your toes are engaged, and that means your belly fat is also targeted.
Here’s how you can perform this pose:
1. Start at the tabletop position. Keep your knees together and wrist under your shoulders.
2. Exhale. Bend your elbows and drop your chest between your palms and chin on the floor.
3. Inhale. Lift your left leg off the floor as much as you can.
4. Bend your right knee and keep your right foot under your left knee, giving support to your left leg.
5. Hold for 10-15 seconds and repeat on the opposite side.