There’s more than one way to get a flat stomach. The human mind and body are wondrous things and the people of ancient India knew this. Yoga is a way of mental, physical and spiritual discipline. It also has the potential to form rock hard abs. In fact, balancing yoga poses work the core like few exercise regimes out there. Here are 3 of the most popular yoga poses you can try right now. You might find that not only will it help you gain a better physique but it will help you find a bit more peace in your busy modern lifestyle.
This pose will work your core overtime as you balance on one leg.
Shift your weight onto your left leg. Draw your right knee up to the right, grab your ankle, and press the bottom of your right foot onto the inside of your left thigh. If you feel off balance keep your hand on your ankle. If you’re finding balancing to be easy, adopt a prayer position with your palms together in front of your chest. Alternatively raise your arms above your head, stretching and pushing your palms together. Pull your abdominals in tight to your spine, making sure you can still breathe deeply. Focus your gaze on nothing in particular and hold the pose for 10 slow, deep breaths. Then repeat on the other leg.
WARRIOR LUNGE TWIST
Your abdominals are being constantly tested to help you balance in this posture, but even better, the twisting motion engages the obliques too.
Bring your hands together. Lunge with your left leg until your knee bends about 90 degrees. Keep your back leg straight. Pull in your abs toward your spine and rotate your upper body to the left. Feel your spine lengthening as you lean over your left leg and place your right elbow outside of the left leg. Turn your head to look up toward the ceiling over your left shoulder. You can (optional) extend your upper arm towards the ceiling if you can. Hold for 10 slow, deep breaths then return to standing. Repeat on the other side.
If you have trouble balancing, focus your eyes ahead instead of up to the ceiling.
This is a more advanced balancing act that keeps your core engaged the whole time.
Shift your weight onto your right foot. Pull your left shin to your chest, then bend and extend the leg straight behind you parallel to the ground. Point your left toes down. Use your arms to stabilize yourself if needed. If not, reach your arms out in front so your body is in a straight line from your fingertips down your back through your left heel. Stay here for 3 long, slow breaths then slowly return to standing. Repeat on the other side.
Bend your standing knee if you need to maintain your balance. Work up to fully extending your standing leg.
Combine these exercises with a healthy diet and cardio or weight training to notice incredible differences in your physique!