By Laura Briggs
Yoga, as we know, is all about stretching, strengthening, and focusing on the breath. But is there any way it could also fight tummy fat? Here are two top yoga moves that focus on the tummy and will ensure to tighten it up.
Focusing on the waist, Vasisthasana, also known as the sage pose, will help the most. You may also have heard it called the side plank, and it works the shoulder, arms, and core muscles.
Keeping the spine and legs in a straight line while using the arms in the right way can prove tricky so may take some practice to get it right.
- Firstly, lie down on your stomach and then place your palms below your shoulders.
- Tuck your toes in and push against the floor to straighten your elbows, lifting your upper body and pelvis off the floor. Ensure your body is still in alignment, as it was when you were lying down.
- Next twist the upper body to the left as you lift your left hand away from the floor. Turn the right foot to its out edge and stack your left foot on the right foot. This is where it may start to get a bit wobbly! Make sure that your hips and pelvis don’t drop. Hold the position in the same alignment you were earlier.
- Now look up and hold the pose for the count of five.
- Repeat the post with the right hand side.
The gravitational force will try and pull you back down, but using your muscles against this force will help to tone up those tummy muscles.
Another yoga pose that focuses on strengthening the core muscles is called Setubandhasana, or the bridge pose.
You may well remember the bridge from the school playground, but this is a little more focused to improve flexibility and strengthen the shoulder muscles.
- Lie on your back and bend your knees, keeping your feet flat on the floor. Keep arms by your sides and put your palms against the floor.
- Using your arms, push the pelvis off the floor and towards the ceiling. Breathe out as you do this.
- Keep your body lifted off the floor and your head and neck still flat to the floor.
- Hold the pose for the count of five.
By regularly doing these yoga poses, you’ll see the difference in tone to your core muscles, which will in turn strengthen up your tummy muscles.