5 yoga asanas to reduce belly fat

Belly fat can be really stubborn, and for some, it is the most difficult part of their body to lose weight from. The abdomen is probably one of the most dangerous places to put on weight. Belly fat leads to a lot of heart-related diseases and is also a cause for increased blood sugar levels, leading to diabetes. However, yoga can help combat these diseases and aid in getting rid of the flab on your belly.

Here are some yoga asanas that can help in burning belly fat.

1. Tadasana

The Tadasana helps you in maintaining better balance and gives you control over your body. If you’re a klutz and keep dropping things or tripping over objects, this is something you should definitely try out. When performing this asana, you are stretching your entire body as you reach for the sky. While doing so, you will be toning and strengthening the calves, thighs, glutes, abdomen, chest, and arms. This is basically a full body exercise. Although you may not feel worn out by doing this immediately, practising it regularly will help in toning your body over time and keeps fat at bay. Watch this video to learn how to do the Tadasana.

2. Surya Namaskar

They say that the Surya Namaskar done in reps is the perfect full body workout. It improves posture and gets rid of excess flab. It works the muscles in such a way as to tone and strengthen them. Doing the Surya Namaskar dilligently will help in reducing belly fat. The Surya Namaskar (literally translates to sun salutation) is called that way for a reason. It is most effective when it is done facing the early rays of the sun as this is the time we can reap most of the sun’s benefits in the form of Vitamin D. Practising it regularly keeps you in shape and prevents you from putting on more weight. For detailed steps on how to do this pose, watch the video below.

3. Padahastasana

Padahastasana literally translates to hand to foot. ‘Pada’ is the Sanskrit word for foot and ‘hasta’ is hand. By bending downwards while performing this yoga pose, you will be stretching out all the essential muscles of the body. This is especially beneficial for the thigh muscles. This pose targets belly fat and helps in trimming the waist. Doing the Padahastasana regulates the digestive system and gets rid of any related disorders. This asana also helps to regulate blood flow to the brain. To learn how to perform this asana correctly, watch the tutorial below.

4. Paschimottanasana

Many people tend to put on weight due to high blood sugar levels. The Paschimottasana helps to reduce the risk of diabetes by cutting down belly fat. This yoga pose requires you to bend forward and touch your toes. By doing so, you will be working all the organs in your stomach. This is especially recommended for women as it helps in strengthening the pelvic muscles and bones, which can help during childbirth. It also helps in regulating the menstrual cycle. Practicing the Paschimottasana on a daily basis will trim down belly fat. You can watch the video tutorial below for the steps to perform the Padahastasana.

5. Pavanmukhtasana

This asana has its anatomical focus on the lower abdomen, thighs, hips, and glutes. It is beneficial for those who have digestive disorders, and it can aid in relieving constipation. Since this pose is done while touching your chin to your knees, it stretches out your back and, makes your body flexible. Sometimes, the major cause of belly fat could be weak digestion. The Pavanmukthtasana works to compress the internal organs in the abdomen, which resolves any digestive ailments. This asana helps to get rid of the stubborn muffin top. Watch the video below to learn how to burn off the stubborn belly fat.

Not only is yoga a great way to slim your waist, but it also works on the rest of the body as well. Additionally, it is an excellent cure for many ailments. Practicing yoga on a regular basis keeps you healthy, both physically and mentally. So grab a yoga mat, and start those asanas!

About the author