Yoga is a fitness activity that originated in ancient India but is now very popular in almost any part of the world because of the physical and mental benefits it provides.
Unlike traditional fitness programs, Yoga does not provide intense cardiovascular workout or body building exercises meant to lose a significant amount of weight or bulk up muscles. Rather, it focuses on uniting the body and mind to improve a person’s overall well-being.
Although it’s not necessarily the most efficient way to lose a significant amount of weight, Yoga can complement your daily exercise regimen to help you become as physically and mentally fit as you can be.
If you are on your way to having a smaller waistline because of cardio exercises, you may want to strengthen abdominal muscles by doing specific fun and exciting Yoga exercises, instead of neck breaking crunches.
Here are 3 Yoga poses for a flatter stomach:
1. The Bow
You start by lying face down on a mat. Curly your legs up and grab your feet a couple of inches below your toes. Keep your thighs about 5 inches apart and take a deep breath before you kick your legs up behind you, lift your torso and look up.
Stay in this position for about 10 seconds with your toes pointed up before you slowly lower down your feet and relax your hands on your side. Repeat 3-5 times.
2. The Cobra Pose
Lie on your belly with your legs aligned properly and all toes are touching the mat. Place your hands right under your shoulders with your palms down and your elbows up. Take a deep breath and lift your chest up and stretch all the way out as far as you can comfortably go.
Hold this position for 10 seconds before slowly bringing your upper body down. Repeat 3-5 times.
3. The Reclining Twist
Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. With your hands extended out to your side, inhale as you lift your feet off the floor and draw your knees towards your chest. Exhale as you drop both your bended knees towards your left. You can hold your knees down with your left hand and turn your head towards your right. Keep your knees at a 90 degree angle or less from your body.
Stay in this position for about 30 seconds before your lift your knees back to center and slowly bring them down towards your right side. Hold your knees down with your right hand and turn your head towards your left. Repeat 3-5 times.
These 3 are just some of the several Yoga poses for a flatter stomach. Make Yoga a part of your daily fitness routine and you will see and feel amazing results.