Belly fat just doesn’t’ go away sometimes. You eat right, you work out, but that belly fat just seems to cling to you like an annoying friend. That’s where yoga comes in. Yoga on its own won’t get rid of fat, but with a clean, healthy diet and regular exercise, it can help boost your metabolism and make your core strong, which in turn can get rid of belly fat. Below are five poses to help tone your belly.

1. Cobra Posture (Bhujang asana)

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This pose enhances the strength of abs muscles for the reduction of tummy fat. You will also develop a strong upper body and your spine’s flexibility will improve. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Lay on the stomach with legs extended outward and palms beneath your shoulders.
  2. Toes and chin should be on the ground.
  3. Slowly inhale while lifting your chest up and bending back.
  4. Hold for 15 to 30 seconds if you are able, or for as long as you physically can.
  5. Slowly exhale, letting your body revert to its original pose.
  6. Repeat several times, taking a 15 second break between each pose.

 This move should not be attempted on pregnant women, or those with back injuries, a hernia, or an ulcer

2. Board (Kumbhakasana)

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This pose is extremely easy, and you also strengthen your whole body (back, arms, thighs, butt, etc.) while doing it. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Tuck knees and hands beneath arms and shoulders.
  2. Tuck the toes beneath and step back to extend legs behind you, in a plank movement.
  3. Keep your spine and neck aligned with each other, look just beyond your palms.
  4. You should be a straight line; keep your hands flat on the floor and spread your fingers apart.
  5. Hold for 15 seconds to 30 seconds, or longer if you can.
  6. Release and get on your knees.
  7. Repeat several times, taking a 15 second break in between.

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3. Bow Posture (Dhanurasana)

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This pose tightens the abs to get rid of belly fat and also boosts the strength of your core. Rock to and fro in this pose to fight constipation and give your muscles a good stretch. Here’s how to do it:  

  1. Lay on stomach and extend legs and arms out on both sides of your body.
  2. Ben knees and extend arms toward ankles and hold pose.
  3. Raise your head, bending it back toward your legs while raising legs as high as you can.
  4. Breathe regularly and hold position for 15 to 30 seconds if you are able to.
  5. Slowly exhale, letting your body fall back to its original pose with your arms at your sides and your legs extended.
  6. Repeat several times, taking a 15 second rest in between each pose.

4. Pontoon Posture (Naukasana)

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This pose battles tummy fat in the waist area, whilst boosting the strength of leg and back muscles. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Get on your bet and extend your legs forward, keeping your arms at your sides.
  2. Inhale slowly and lift legs, keeping them as straight as possible.
  3. Stretch those toes and feet, lifting legs as high as possible. Don’t bend your needs.
  4. Extend the arms toward your toes.
  5. Breathe normally and hold position for at least 15 seconds.
  6. Exhale.
  7. Repeat several times, taking a 15 second break in between.

Those with any kind of back/shoulder injury, or high blood pressure, should not attempt this.

5. Wind Easing Posture (Pavanamukthasana)

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Relieve lower back pain with this pose. Supposedly it balances your pH levels and promotes a healthy stomach too. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Get flat on your back with the legs extended outward and the arms by your sides.
  2. The feet should be extended with the heels touching one another.
  3. Bend your knees whilst slowly moving them to your chest.
  4. Put pressure on the abdominal areas with your thighs.
  5. Keep hands clasped together beneath thighs and hold knees together
  6. Hold for 1 minute to 90 seconds, breathing regularly.
  7. Slowly exhale and release the knees, raising your hands to your body’s sides.
  8. Repeat 5 times at minimum having 15 seconds of down time between the poses.

Source: David Wolfe

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