Many people are unhappy with their stomach muscles. It is, after all, an area that is hard to tone. Sometimes, no matter how much effort is made to tone up those core muscles, they seem more jelly-like than chiseled. Don’t worry, practice these great yoga poses and this will tone up those tummy muscles.
If you find core work frustrating or difficult, don’t despair. The best way to work on your stomach muscles is to learn more about them and to focus on the muscles as you work within the postures. This way, mind and body are inextricably linked.
Yoga Poses for Super Stomach Muscles
Sadly, you can’t wave a magic wand within yoga, practice really does make perfect. If you commit to each pose, you will start to see and feel a difference. It takes time but it’s worth the effort. These postures are fun to do and you’ll soon strengthen those core muscles and streamline that tummy.
Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)
This is a wonderful pose for improving the flexibility of the spine and releasing pressure from the lower back but it’s also great to help you take inches off your tummy. It strengthens the stomach muscles and will quickly improve the overall shape in this area.
Bow Pose (Dhanurasana)
The bow pose strengthens the legs and back while always working hard on those abdominal muscles. As you enter the bow posture, know that you are stimulating the stomach organs. This helps alleviate constipation and will immediately make your stomach feel less bloated. Plus, it will relieve any menstrual discomfort too.
Boat Pose (Paripurna Naukasana)
It’s true that the boat pose is not the easiest pose to master but, it is a challenging pose that is fun to do. Don’t worry if you wobble a little bit initially. You have to work those core muscles. The boat pose improves digestion and stimulates the thyroid gland. Focus on the core and on alignment, rather than holding the posture for longer. Once you have the fundamentals in place, you can work on the duration.
Finally, finish your session in child pose and just relax your head and let the tension dissipate from your body. Repeat these sessions throughout the week. They really do work and if you find them difficult at first, persevere. As long as you are not feeling pain when you hold the pose, you will find they are worth it.