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Yoga For Flat Stomach And Slim Thighs

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.

Bridge Pose

  • Lie with your back on the floor
  • Place a mat or blanket under your shoulders to protect your neck if you find this necessary
  • Pull your thighs up and bend your knees and set your feet flat on the floor
  • The closer your heels are to your bottom the better
  • Exhale and, pressing against the floor with feet and arms, push your bottom off the floor
  • Keep your thighs and inner feet parallel
  • (Advanced) Move your hands below your pelvis, clasp them and try to stretch them towards  your feet (all the while pressing against the floor).

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.

Yoga for flat stomach and slim thighs bridge pose

Chair Pose

  • Stand back straight
  • Inhale and raise your arms perpendicular (or parallel if you need help balancing) to the floor
  • Keep the arms parallel, palms facing inward, or place the palms together
  • Exhale, engage your core and bend your knees keeping your thighs parallel with each other
  • (Advanced) Try to get the thighs as near to parallel with the floor as possible
  • You want your upper torso approximately at a right angle with the tops of your thighs

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.

Yoga for a flat stomach and thin thighs chair pose

High Lunge Pose

  • Lie on your front and assume the push up position
  • Exhale and step your right foot forward so that it is between your hands with your knee over the heel
  • Keep your left leg straight behind you firmly
  • Inhale and lift your torso upright
  • Lift your arms to the sides and raise them overhead, parallel with palms facing
  • Don’t arch the lower back – focus on keeping it straight by feeling it stretch toward the floor and through your left leg and keeping your ribs drawn down into the torso instead of pressed forward
  • (Advanced) Look up toward your thumbs

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.

Yoga for flat stomach and slim thighs high lunge pose

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.

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