Yoga is an amazing pursuit for strengthening your core and toning your legs. There are an abundance of yoga stomach exercises and most of them work more than just your core. An earlier post in which we wrote about a good overall core workout looked at the benefits of various balancing yoga poses and today we’re going to look at doing yoga for flat stomach and slim thighs.
The main exercises that work the legs (in any resistance training discipline) consist of lunges, squats and bridges. Lunges involve a large step forward and holding that pose then pushing back to standing and stepping with the alternate leg; squats are akin to sitting down (without a seat), keeping your torso straight while you bend your knees; and bridges are when you lie on your back with your arms down by your sides, knees bent, and your feet about hip width apart then you lift your lower torso off the floor.
You can find variations of all these movements (and more) in yoga. In fact, given the great age and tradition of yoga it wouldn’t be surprising if the origin of our weight training lunges, squats and bridges came from the older yogic discipline.
Hold this pose for anywhere from 30 seconds to 1 minute depending on your experience level. This is an excellent thigh, buttock, arm and core workout.
Stay for 30 seconds to a minute again depending on experience. This is a classic complete workout for your thighs and buttocks. The balancing element works your core.
High Lunge Pose
Hold for 30 seconds to a minute depending on how comfortable this is. Then exhale and return to the press up position bringing your torso down and hands to the floor first then stepping your foot back. Repeat on the other leg.
These exercises don’t fall into the category of power yoga for flat stomach focusing as they do on the legs and core together, but they are great yoga stomach exercises nonetheless. You’ll be amazed at the results.