The true essence of Yoga lies in connecting the 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”.
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 why the ultimate purpose of Yoga is to transcend ourselves to achieve enlightenment. Today, because of the way stress and anxiety have marred our fast paced lives, we spend lesser and lesser time in taking care of our health and fitness. Our lifestyles and eating habits are a cause of concern for our health issues. 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 achieve and maintain a flat stomach. Here is the brief description of 5 simple yet potent poses of Yoga that will strengthen your abs and make them stronger:
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
The boat pose is very easy to execute but can provide a lot of health benefits to you. It helps you develop 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 to 20 seconds and gradually increase the time.
This pose tones back and abdominal muscles as well as improves digestion.
Bridge Pose – Setu Bandha Sarvangasana
The Bridge pose is a vital exercise in rejuvenating your stomach muscles and keeping the spine flexible. While it should be practiced safely, skilled professionals can harness multiple benefits from Bridge pose.
You need to 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. It strengthens the 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
The 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. It requires a high degree of balance while doing this pose.
Fish Pose – Matsyasana
The fish pose is one of the many beginner’s Yoga poses that gives multiple health benefits. The pose creates a shape of a fish while practicing it. It exerts a great amount of pressure on the abdominal muscles only to make them stronger. You need to first fold your legs together then lay down your body on your back. Place both the hands on the thighs and relax your elbow on the floor. Finally make an arc like shape using your back and breathe slowly.
The fish pose helps in refreshing and strengthening the spinal cord and back muscles. It fully cures headaches caused by the stiffness of neck.
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