Achieving firm, sculpted abs is a fitness goal for many people and often one of the most challenging areas of the body to tone. Yoga is an excellent choice if you want to create rock hard abs with good muscle definition and long lean lines. Yoga is low impact and easily modified for your personal fitness level, but slight adjustments and special care can increase the benefits to the abdominal muscles.
Lay on your back with your arms resting comfortably along your sides. Turn your palms so they face your body.
Raise your legs with your feet and knees together and toes relaxed.
Lift your head and torso off the ground, placing your hands in a parallel line with your knees. Balance on your tailbone. Hold onto your knees or thighs for balance if necessary.
Inhale and exhale deeply, maintaining strength through the legs and arms. Hold this pose as long as you are able. Rest briefly on your back, with arms extended at your sides and your body relaxed, then repeat the boat pose to tone and harden your upper and lower abs.
Revolved Side Angle Pose
Place feet 3-1/2 to 4 feet apart on your yoga mat. Turn the right foot 90 degrees, and tilt the left foot slightly inward toward the right. Line your right knee and left heel up in a single, straight line.
Turn your torso to the right and turn the left foot so that the inside of both feet are parallel. Bend the right knee, bringing the thigh parallel to the floor. Keep the left leg active, pressing it into the floor.
Place your right hand on your hip. Drop the torso while exhaling. Bring the left hand down and rest it on the floor to the inside of the right foot.
Add challenge by bringing the left hand down to the outside of the right knee and foot. Extend the right arm with fingertips reaching upward.
Repeat for the other side of the body. Hold each posture for 30 seconds to one minute to work and tone your abdominal muscles.