Yoga is known for relaxation and meditation; however, it can also be effective in toning the body. Yoga is a unique form of exercise because it engages the core in each pose whether you are actively using the abdominal muscles or breathing to facilitate an easier flow of movement. There are yoga poses you can do to reduce abdominal fat. Remember that eating a diet low in fat and doing cardiovascular exercise in conjunction with these exercises will aid in the elimination of the fat, as well.
Use the Bridge Pose to stretch your central abdominal muscles. Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet hip-width apart, arms down at your sides. Inhale slightly, pulling in your abdominals. Lift your hips as far as you can off the floor, keeping your head, shoulders and arms on the floor. Hold for as long as you can. Repeat five times. Be careful not to balance the weight of your upper body on your neck.
Use Locust Pose to stretch your central abdominal muscles. Lie on your stomach with your chin on the floor, your arms extended in front and your legs straight back. Inhale slightly, pulling in your abdominals. Inhale again and lift your arms, chest, head, legs and feet off the floor. Hold for three seconds, then slowly lower to the floor. Repeat five times.
Use Cat’s Pose to stretch your front and back abdominals. Get down on your hands and knees, being careful to keep your back flat. Keep your hands directly under your shoulders and spread your fingers. Position your knees directly under your hips. Let your head hang naturally, looking at the floor. Inhale while arching your back upward. Tuck in your chin to look at your navel while tucking in your tailbone. Hold for five seconds and go back to the original position. Repeat five to 10 times.
- If you feel any discomfort or pain, discontinue the pose.