In today’s fast pace life yoga is the only way to calm your mind and work on every part of your body as well. Despite having all forms of exercises and training available at present, yoga still stands out in improving the posture of your body, toning the core muscles, and providing strength to your overall body parts.  Yoga doesn’t necessarily require you to lift heavy weights as your body weight is enough to perform the asanas effectively. There are several asanas in yoga that specifically target your core muscles. So here are some killer poses that you can incorporate into your routine to get those well-sculpted abs along with strengthening your body.

Dhanurasana (The Bow Pose)

dhanushasana yoga abs

The Dhanurasana or the bow pose is an effective and quite challenging exercise that targets and strengthens your core. While performing this yoga asana our body looks like a Dhanush (bow) and hence the name is Dhanurasana in Sanskrit. It helps with reducing fat from the belly area and strengthens your chest, things, and lower abdominal areas. Dhanurasana functions on various body parts at one single time making it an all-rounder exercise for the body.

How To Do It?

  • Lie down on your stomach on a mat with your hands by your side.
  • Put your head down, fold your knees and hold your feet with both hands.
  • Now inhale and lift your feet with your hands and raise your chest and things simultaneously.
  • Hold the pose for 12 seconds and then slowly get back in the neutral position.

 

 

 

Naukasana (boat pose)

boat pose abs

Naukasana derives its name from the boat shape our body gets into while performing this asana. It is again a very challenging yet powerful pose that directly targets your spine area, neck, and abs. It also works fantastically on your tummy and core muscles helping you to stay fit.

How To Do It?

  • Lie down on your back on a mat.
  • Put your hands by your side and breathe, relax your shoulders and keep your legs straight.
  • Then slowly lift your legs and hands above the ground simultaneously, tuck your belly in and stay.
  • Your body should make a V shape while performing this asana.
  • Breathe normally and hold the position for 30 seconds.
 

Vasisthasana (side plank)

abs yoga side plank

This is an advanced variation of the traditional plank that directly targets your abs, arms, butts, and core muscles. It is a great exercise for the love handles, lower abdominal area, and for your waist.

How To Do It?

  • Get into the traditional plank position then shift the bodyweight on your right hand and come in the side plank position.
  • Now without jerking the wrist come down on your forearm for a side forearm plank.
  • Lift your left leg up above the ground level till you are comfortable.
  • Stay in the position for 10 seconds and gradually increase the time with practice.

  

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Bhujangasana

 bhujangasana

This asana specifically works on your abdominal area, strengthening the core muscles and relaxing the lower back area.

How To Do It?

We hope you would include these asanas in your routine. Stay tuned to Herzindagi for more.

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