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5 Simple Yoga Poses To Reduce Even the MOST Stubborn Belly Fat

Besides the fact that it looks ugly and lowers your self-esteem, excess stomach fat negatively affects your health as well. Namely, people with excess abdominal fat are at higher risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, minor types of cancer, and immunity to insulin. Therefore, the abdominal area is quite risky place for fat to accumulate.

Another problem with abdominal fat is that it takes a lot of time and effort to eliminate it. There are various articles on the topic, dealing with the issue of burning stomach fat. However, people seem to always want more, because of the effort it takes to get rid of the stubborn belly fat.

Most people believe that going to the gym and doing some cardio is the best way to reduce the belly fat. On the other hand, few people are familiar with the fact that the combination of proper diet and yoga has the same effectiveness as going to the gym.5 Simple Yoga Poses To Reduce Even the MOST Stubborn Belly Fat

Read on and find out which are the most effective yoga poses that can help reduce and eliminate belly fat for good.

1. The Cobra Pose(Bhujang Asana)
This yoga pose works great when it comes to tightening the abs and improving the upper body posture. It does so by increasing both flexibility and strength of the spine.

How to Do the Cobra Pose?
For Cobra pose, lie down on the back and stretch your legs. Place the hand palms under your shoulders and touch the flour with the chin and toes. Breathe deeply and start raising yourself: the chest first, bending yourself as much as possible. You should look like a strike-ready cobra. Hold the pose for as long as you can, up to 30 seconds. Then, breathe out and get back to the original position. Make five repetitions with short breaks before each rise.

Note: Children and people suffering from hernias, ulcers, and back injuries should avoid this pose.

2. The Bow Pose (Dhanurasana)
The Bow pose is great for strengthening the abdominal core. However, you should try rocking yourself while you hold this pose so that your abs really work. Besides its ability to stretch your entire body and strengthen your back, this pose helps with constipation and improves digestion as well.

How to Do the Bow Pose?
This yoga posture has been named after the shape it takes – that of a bow. Lie down on the stomach, stretch the legs, and place the arms at the sides of your body. Bend your knees, take the ankles with your hands and hold this position. Inhale, move your head up and start to bend it slowly, while your lift your legs as high as possible. Hold this pose for up to half a minute while breathing very slowly. Exhale and go back to the original position. Again, repeat it five more times, with short breaks in between.

3. The Pontoon Pose (Naukasana)
Apart from burning your belly fat, this pose helps with strengthening the leg and back muscles as well.

How to Do the Pontoon Pose?
This is a great yoga pose to attack the body fat at the waist. Lie down on the back, put the legs together, place the arms by your side, palms facing the floor. Inhale and start lifting the legs without bending. Extend the feet and toes and try lifting the legs as high as you can. Stay like this and stretch out the arms, put the hands at the outer side of your thighs and make a 45 degree angle with your posture. Hold this position for about 10-15 seconds, breathing normally in the meantime. Exhale and return to the original position. Repeat five times, with short breaks in between.

4. The Plank Pose (Kumbhakasana)
This yoga pose is beginner`s best friend and it is one of the easiest and most popular ones. It is good at burning the belly fat as well as at tightening the buttock, thigh, back, shoulder, and arm muscles.

How to Do the Plank Pose?
First, curl up the body by placing the knees under the hips with your palms on the floor, keeping the hands straight, under the shoulders. Move your feet backwards and stretch the les behind the body, keeping the toes curled. Inhale and look at your hands, ensuring that you back is straight and your stomach is held in. Try to keep yourself straight for at least half a minute. Exhale and get back to the original position. Repeat the pose five times, with short breaks in between.

5. The Wind Easing Pose(Pavanamukthasana)
Apart from being good at tightening your stomach, ties, and tips, this pose helps with back pain, restores the stomach`s pH levels, helps with constipation, and boosts your metabolism.

How to Do the Wind Easing Pose?
Lie on the floor and extend your legs and arms, keeping the hands by the sides of your body. Keep the feet together, exhale, and bend your knees. Pull the knees up to your chest, tightening the lower abdomen with your thighs. Then, put the hands below the thighs and hold up to 1.5 minutes. Exhale and go back to the original position. Repeat five times, with short breaks in between.

For optimum results, practice the above listed positions right after waking up, 3-5 times daily, 2-3 times a week.

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