The art of Yoga is fabulous for attaining balance, developing a sense of calm and liberating your body from its constraints. The human body becomes lithe and limber when muscles reach their maximum elasticity. In addition to all these, you begin to develop your inner strengths, making you confident and surer of yourself in every aspect of your life.
While Yoga is an optimum path for developing these assets, it must be practiced by assuming the poses in their appropriate manner. Here are three Yoga postures that will have you soon on your way to a feeling of fitness and vitality.
FIGHTING THE COBRA
Fighting the cobra is a posture which provides relief from minor pain in your back while at the same time toning your abs.
STEP 1: Lay face down on your Yoga mat, joining your legs and feet together. Using your stomach muscles, stretch out full and place your hands, palm down, fingers stretched, and flat on the floor beneath your shoulder area.
STEP 2: Gradually begin to lift your chest and head, bringing your upper body off the mat, while keeping your thighs and pelvis in place. They should not leave the Yoga mat. Be sure to keep your shoulders straight; don’t let them droop of pull up.
STEP 3: Hold this pose for up to 30 seconds, breathing even breaths through your nose. Then lower your body back to the mat.
POSE FOR STRENGTHENING THE ABS
STEP 1. This pose begins in a standing position. Have your legs apart, slightly bent, putting your weight on your hips. Hold arms out straight ahead; palms down.
STEP 2: From this pose, twist knees so your weight becomes centered in your heels. Make sure you don’t lower your hips any lower than the level of your knees.
STEP 3: Remember to keep eyes focused straight ahead – fix your sight on an object located in a straight line in front of you. Breathe in and out, only through your nose. To get the full benefit of this pose, maintain this posture for 20 seconds.
UPWARD BOAT POSTURE
This pose not only strengthens abs, but also improves your ability to keep balanced. In turn, your digestion will improve.
STEP 1: Begin by sitting on your mat, knees bent, feet placed flat on the floor.
STEP 2: You must breathe in, bending your back and bringing your heels up. As your lift your heels, straighten the legs as far as you can. At the same time, stretch your arms out, keeping palms face down.
STEP 3: Make sure your back is kept straight; imagine a straight line running from the floor to the ceiling that you can position against. This will ensure that your abs are doing the work. Hold this pose for 30 seconds.
If it becomes too difficult to maintain this position, you can do it while resting your hands below the knees. This is a slightly difficult Yoga posture, but the benefits are worth it. You’ll find that each time you do it, the pose becomes easier; after a few sessions, you will perform it with ease.
These are just a few of the many Yoga postures that can be assumed in order to work on your abs while getting the full benefits available from Yoga.
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