Abs have always been the perfect sign of “being in shape”. It’s not just a chocolate bar you’ll get with these exercises, you’ll maintain strong abs that will help prevent back pain, increase your agility and flexibility.
In reality, it takes a lot more than high repetitions of varied crunches to develop a chocolate bar worthy envy, or even a flat or moderately toned belly.
Today we’ll show you the 8 best yoga workouts that will develop your abs of steel.
Start by standing in a normal push-up position, but with your feet a little more than shoulder-width apart and your hands shoulder-width apart. Lift your pelvis, keeping your arms, legs and back straight.
You should form an inverted ‘V’. This is the starting position, and is the position you will return to after each push-up. As you lower down, point your elbows out to the sides as you bring your pelvis down. Now shift your weight into your arms and push your shoulders while keeping your pelvis on the floor. Once your shoulders are all the way up, use your abs and glutes to lift your buttocks back up and return to the starting position. The exercise should be done smoothly and without delay between each step.
Lie on your back with your knees bent and the bottoms of your feet firmly on the floor, about hip-width apart. From this position, drive your heels to lift your hips upward, bringing your hands together underneath your body and pressing against the floor to raise your hips. Hold this position for 1 minute, breathing deeply throughout the exercise.
With your toes together, lie on your back with your hands flat on the floor. Lift your legs up (slowly) toward the ceiling. Hold this position for 3 seconds. Exhale and lower your legs. Your neck should be relaxed at all times. Be sure to keep your lower back and buttocks on the floor to avoid spinal injury.
Lie on your back on the floor, make sure your legs are extended and together and place your hands under your thighs. Pushing on your elbows, arch your back and inhale. Tilt your head back so that your forehead touches the floor. Exhale deeply, to come out of the pose, lift your head and gently place it down, then relax your arms.
Start with your right leg bent at a 90-degree angle, keeping your body up. Once you exhale, bring your hands together and turn your body to the right over your right thigh. Bring your left leg back as far as possible. Open your arms. Place your fingertips on your mat or place your palm next to your foot. Raise your right arm up, palm down, and bring it forward next to your ear. Stay there. As you exhale, press your feet together and return to the starting position. Repeat on the opposite side.
This is a standing position. Place your feet shoulder-width apart and stand up. You will feel attuned to your body and grounded. Keep your shoulders relaxed and your arms raised. Do this for 30 seconds without forgetting to breathe. To return to the starting position, exhale and lower your hands to the floor.
Downward facing dog
Get into downward facing dog position. Bring your arms as close to your chest as you can and lift yourself up, keeping your feet and hands flat on the floor. Return to the starting position and repeat as many times as you can in 1 minute.
This pose is best for stretching the lower back and spine. It is excellent for pre- and post-yoga programs and can also be used for an extended warm-up and/or to cool down from any athletic exercise.
Begin with hands and knees on the floor in a “tabletop position.” On the inhale, arch the spine downward like a cat. On the exhale, arch your back outward and lift your chest. Do this slowly while breathing as many times as you wish.