It’s Time to Try These 4 Yoga Poses to Lose Belly Fat and Strengthen Your Core

We all dream of having washboard abs at some point. While that seems like a long shot, belly fat is common trouble we might deal with. Before we learn how to tighten and strengthen our core through yoga, let’s know the reasons behind stubborn belly fat.

What reasons can cause you to accumulate belly fat?

Belly fat accumulation happens due to many reasons, which may include a poor diet, lack of exercise, and stress. Even your genes can be the reason behind all the persistent belly fat.

Specific genetics can make you more likely to have conditions such as diabetes, or obesity-although, it is a healthy lifestyle that ultimately shapes you. If you have unhealthy food habits, irregular sleep patterns, and an overall sedentary lifestyle, you do run the risk of having abdominal obesity.

“Not only is belly fat unhealthy, but is also an extremely awkward area to be carrying around fat. This extra weight can make you feel sluggish and lethargic. The most dangerous part about having belly fat is that you become vulnerable to diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension,” says Yoga guru Grand Master Akshar.

With necessary lifestyle changes such as improving your nutrition and increasing physical activity, you can lose that unwanted belly fat. And in this endeavor, yoga can help you.

Practice holding each of the following asanas for 30 seconds each, and repeat up to three sets to see your belly fat disappear.

1. Kapal Bhati

In Sanskrit, ‘Kapal’ means skull and ‘bhati’ means ‘shining/illuminating’. Therefore, this kapalbhati pranayam is also known as “skull shining breathing technique”.

a). Directions

Sit in a comfortable pose. Straighten your back and close your eyes. Place your palms on your knees facing up. Inhale normally and focus on exhaling with a short, rhythmic, and forceful breath. You can use your stomach to forcefully expel all the air from the diaphragm and lungs by compressing it. Inhalation should happen automatically while you decompress your stomach.

b). Benefits

It strengthens and stimulates the digestive system and abdominal muscles. It strengthens the nasal passages and removes blockages in the chest. It promotes blood circulation. It improves the complexion of the skin and brings a glow on the face. It increases memory power. It gives mental clarity and helps overcome stress and depression. It removes any extra fat from the body

2. Naukasana (boat pose)

a). Formation of the posture

Lie down on your back. Lift up your upper and lower body to balance on your sitting bones. Your toes must be aligned with your eyes. Keep your knees and back straight. Keep your arms parallel to the ground and pointing forward. Tighten your abdominal muscles. Straighten your back. Inhale and exhale normally.

b). Benefits

It strengthens the lower back, stomach, and leg muscles. It improves the functioning of the digestive system. It tones the waist and promotes weight loss. It removes gastrointestinal discomfort. It eliminates lethargy. It builds the abdominal muscles. It stimulates circulatory, nervous, and hormonal systems.

c). Breathing methodology

Inhale as you lift your body off the floor. Inhale and exhale normally if you hold the asana for too long.

3. Vasishtasana (side plank pose)

a). Formation of the posture

Begin with Santholanasan. (Plank)With your left palm firmly on the ground, remove your right hand off the floor. Turn your entire body to face the right side and lift your right leg off the floor and place it over your left leg. Raise your right arm above and keep your fingers pointing to the sky. Ensure that both your knees, heels and feet are in contact with each other. Ensure that both arms and shoulders are in one straight line turn your head and look up at your right handHold the asana for a while repeat the same on the left side

b). Benefits

It slowly builds your capacity to hold this asana for long periods of time will help you gain immense arm and core strength. It burns fat around your waist. It improves the sense of balance. It boosts concentration. It strengthens wrists and shoulders.

c). Breathing methodology

Inhale as you lift your body off the floor. Inhale and exhale normally if you hold the asana for too long.

4. Santolanasana (plank pose)

a). Formation of the posture

Lie on your stomach. Place your palms under your shoulders and lift your upper body, pelvis, and knees up. Use your toes to grip the floor and keep the knees straight. Ensure that your knees, pelvis, and spine are aligned

It strengthens the thigh, arms, and shoulders. It makes the spine and abdominal muscles robust. It builds the core muscles. It improves balance in the nervous system. It stimulates the Manipura chakra. It energizes the entire body and instills a feeling of positivity. It develops a sense of inner equilibrium and harmony.

b). Breathing methodology

Inhale as you lift your body off the floor. Inhale and exhale normally if you hold the asana for too long.

While adding this to your routine is a wise choice, make sure that cut out processed sugary foods and beverages and replace it with whole fruit instead which shall help strengthen and tighten your core.

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