The true essence of yoga lies in connecting mind, body and soul by elevating the life force. It comprises a series of physical and mental techniques, which are vital for our health. These various exercises are also known as “asanas” and here you’ll understand why yoga poses for the abdominals are so important.
But yoga is not just a physical and mental healer, for ages, it has also been used in elevating our spiritual self. It is the reason as to why the ultimate purpose of yoga is to transcend ourselves to achieve enlightenment.
Today, the way stress and anxiety have marred our fast paced lives; we spend lesser and lesser time to take care of our health and fitness. Our lifestyles and eating habits are a cause of concern for our health. Thus, yoga can perfectly take care of all these health problems that we are facing today.
The abdominal muscles play a vital role in our everyday movements. If you are grappling with the issue of fat tummy, then using a few yoga poses will surely help you to maintain a flat stomach. Here is a brief description of 5 simple yet potent poses that will strengthen your abs:
Plank Pose – Kumbhakasana
One of the simplest and easiest asanas, the Plank Pose is a triggering pose that harnesses upper and lower body strength and connects it to the spine. In this pose, you have to place your shoulders over your wrists and fully extend your heels. Now mount your body on your wrists and stretch your leg muscles to the bones. It will make your body look like a flat plank. Further, lengthen your tailbone toward your heels and after lifting the belly, breathe slowly in and out at least ten times. The plank pose builds isometric strength and improves our waistline and body posture.
Boat Pose – Paripurna Navasana
Boat pose is very easy to execute but can provide a lot of health benefits to you. It develops a perfect balance while strengthening the abdominal muscles. It also helps in supporting your lower back. To perform it, you need to sit on the mat and lift your legs off the ground. Make your body posture look like the shape of a boat. Now extend your toes and catch behind your knees and spread your fingers. Now exhale and bend your knees. Extend your tailbone towards the floor and lift your pubis towards your navel. In the beginning, do this asana for 10-20 seconds and gradually increase the time. This pose tones back and abdominal muscles and improves digestion.
Bridge Pose – Setu Bandha Sarvangasana
The Bridge pose is a vital exercise in rejuvenating your stomach muscles and keeping the spine flexible. It should be practiced safely though, the skilled professionals can harness multiple benefits from Bridge pose. You need to lift your hips until your thighs become parallel to the floor. Then place your knees directly over the heels and lift the pubis towards the navel.
This pose strengthens back, hips and hamstrings along with flattening your tummy. It improves blood circulation and helps in alleviating stress and mild depression. It is also useful for the patients of asthma and high blood pressure.
Crane Pose – Bakasana
Crane pose requires a considerable strength to lift your whole body on your wrists. This pose signifies a peculiar position in which a crane (crow) sits. While putting the effort and pressure, do not forget to breathe regularly and slowly. If you want to avoid any complication, perform this pose, slowly, steadily and carefully. Gradually when you stay more in this position, you will get a lot of health benefits, especially strengthening your abs. This nice posture requires a high degree.
Fish Pose – Matsyasana
Fish pose is one of the many beginners Yoga poses that renders multiple health benefits. It creates a great amount of pressure on the abdominal muscles to make them stronger. You need to first fold your legs together then lay down your body on your back. Place both hands on the thighs and relax your elbows on the floor. Finally, do an arc like shape using your back and breathe slowly. Fish pose helps in refreshing and strengthening spinal cord and back muscles; it fully cures the headache caused by the stiffness of neck.
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