Yoga works the whole body. It can also work your abdominal muscles as well. Doing yoga regularly improves your flexibility, posture, and strength and also helps to give you those sculpted abdominals you desire. Yoga also improves strength – during a yoga practice people often experience challenges based on alignment, endurance, balance, and pain that come from an imbalance or underdeveloped core.
Yoga exercises often tone and elongate the abdominals which can alleviate back pain, improve posture, breathing, balance, and your ability to maintain a pose for an extended period of time. A daily routine stocked full of some select yoga moves will target the abdominal region and transform your overall performance in yoga class. To develop a healthy core and abdominal region, it is important to stretch these muscles and strengthen them. This also aids in blood circulation and renews blood or other fluids in tissues.
- Mountain Tilt: Stand with your arms at your side and your feet hip-width apart. Your toes will face forward. Raise your arm above your head, point your fingers upwards. Bend sideways at the waist, extending up and out to your left. Hold for a few seconds, return to center, and repeat on the right side. Do this three to five times.
- Triangle Pose: Stand tall, feet about three feet apart. Turn your left food ninety degrees while keeping your right foot pointed forward. Extend your arms out to either side at shoulder height. Bend to your right side at your waist, keep your chest facing forward, and place your right hand on your shin as your left arm reaches up. Your eyes should look upwards, but if it hurts you can look down. Hold for fifteen seconds and return to starting position. Switch feet and do the other side. Repeat this three times each side.
- Torso Stretch: Lie on your belly, hands on the floor close to your chest. Lift your upper body by pressing the tops of your feet and shins into the floor as you press your hands downward and straighten your arms. Breathe. Hold this for forty seconds.
- Tree Pose: Stand with feet planted, arms at your sides and body in alignment – ears over shoulders, shoulders over hips, hips over ankles. Inhale and bend the right leg and pull up your leg until it rests on the inside of your left thigh. Get your balance, hold this position, and then push arms over head with hands touching each other. Press the knee back without moving the hips. Hold this for thirty seconds and switch sides. Repeat two to three times.
Yoga for abdominal exercises is a good way to work on those muscles without a tremendous amount of strain. They will strengthen your muscles without requiring too much effort as it works basically through balance. It is a relaxing exercise that is good for core strengthening and building lean, long muscle. Pair this with a low fat diet, a good, solid ab routine, and then a cardio routine and you will have winning abs in no time.