5 Yoga Poses To Try For A Flatter Tummy This Festive Season
Holidays can be quite tough especially if you are not as fit as you would like to be. Wearing a beautiful lehenga choli only to have your stomach playing spoilsport is no fun. Though you have been trying to flatten it forever, nothing seems to work. Don’t fret, I have an answer for you- yoga. Also, of course consistency! With the holidays around the corner, it is the right time to start practicing these five yoga poses every day. You will feel a difference in your core muscles as they become tighter and more toned than ever. The question remains though, are you ready to slay your Indian outfit? Read on and you’ll exactly how you can do that!
Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend Pose)
This one might be tough to pronounce, well tougher than the rest of them, but it one of the most widely practiced asanas. The front bend applies pressure on your abdominal region, reducing fat consistently. It also helps in reducing stress and balancing out your menstrual cycle. It’s pretty easy too, all you have to do is sit on a yoga mat with your feet spread forward, slowly stretch your body and hug your feet with your arms. Hold this pose for 1-3 minutes. Doing this regularly will give you the flat belly you have always desired.
Parivrtta Parsvakonasana (Revolved Side Angle Pose)
Trust me, it isn’t as difficult as it looks. The revolved side angle pose is only called that, because well, it looks like a revolved side angle. All you have to do is stand with your feet apart, turn your left foot to 90 degrees and your right foot slightly in. Rest your hands on your hip and tilt your body towards the right. Hold this pose for roughly 30 seconds. This asana gives you increased abdominal strength and of course, thanks to the twist of the body tightens your stomach muscles leaving them toned.
Ardha Purvottanasana (Reverse Table Top Pose)
This one is as effective as it is tricky. Reverse tabletop pose got the name because while performing this pose your body looks like a reverse tabletop. To do this pose, you need to sit on the floor with your feet flat and knees bent. Then, put your arms slightly behind your back and lift so that your head and knees form a straight line. This pose really does work if done regularly due to the pressure that is built upon your core muscles. You will have a flat belly in no time if practice this pose every day, it is also excellent for your arm muscles.
Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog Pose)
The downward-facing dog is one of the sun salutations poses practiced during the Surya Namaskar. All you have to do to perfect this pose is lie stomach down and lift your butt to form a 90-degree angle with the rest of your body. Hold this pose for almost three minutes. This pose specifically works on the muscles in your lower belly making them flat and toned. Pro tip: Do this pose every day, if possible, with the rest of the Surya Namaskar routine and you will see the best results.
Pavanamuktasana (Wind Relieving Pose)
The wind relieving pose got its name because it is mainly done to cure various gastric difficulties. Since the knees exert pressure on your tummy, it also helps in burning the fat pretty effectively. All you have to do is lie down on your back and bend your knees. Then, bring your bent knees towards your chest with your thighs applying pressure on the abdomen. Secure your knees in place by clasping your hands underneath your thighs. Hold this position for a minute and repeat at least 7 times with a 10-15 second interval between repetitions.