The fat stored in your belly is considered to be the most stubborn and it is very difficult to eliminate it. The belly area actually serves as the biggest fat storage in the body, but if there is too much of it, it does not look very well and it can be counterproductive and even dangerous. Sometimes the first thing that someone might notice about you would be the size of your belly.
5 Yoga Positions
Because of this you may become extremely self-aware about your look and it can have a negative effect on your general health. The stored fat in the area of the abdomen is often considered to be the cause of Diabetes type 2, insulin resistance, heart-related diseases, and it can evenlead to certain types of cancer. The bottom line is that you do not want to store to much fat in the belly, so it is very recommendable to eliminate it as soon as possible.
Many exercises could help you in the process of eliminating belly fat, but yoga can be a very good tool in the fight against belly fat and it can be practiced by anyone at any time. You need to be aware though that only practicing yoga will not be sufficient, because your success largely depends on adequate nutrition.
Cobra Posture or Bhujang Asana
The first position is called Cobra posture or Bhujang asana. This pose helps towards reducing the belly fat while strengthening the abs. It also improves the tonus of the whole upper body and the back muscles, thus helping the spine to remain both strong and flexible.
In order to do this posture properly you need to lie on your stomach, stretch your legs and put your palms under each of the shoulders. Your chin and the toes (all of them) should be touching the floor. Then breathe in slowly and lift the chest, while bending backwards as far you can reach. This position does resemble the scene when a cobra is raising its head while preparing to attack. You should stay in this position 15 – 30 seconds.
You should then breathe out and place your body in the starting position. This pose should be repeated 5 times. There should be 15 seconds rest time in between.This pose is not recommendable for persons that have ulcer, hernia, back injury or they are pregnant.
Bow Posture (Dhanurasana)
The second position is the so called Bow posture (Dhanurasana)
This position has a primary effect on the abs’ core. The idea is to lie on your stomach and then hold your feet. You should start rocking in this position which provides a massage of the abdomen. This activates the digestive system and prevents constipation, but most important of all it stretches the entire body, putting a special attention to the back. First you lie on your stomach, stretch out your legs and arms on each side. Further on, bend your knees and reach your arms touching your ankles or feet and start holding them. Stay in this position, if you can, for half a minute, while maintaining normal breathing. When exhaling, return your body in its starting position with legs and arms fully stretched.This pose should be repeated 5 times at least with 15 seconds break between each repetition.
Pontoon Posture (Naukasana)
If you really want to fight against the fat at the abdominal region, you should definitely try the Pontoon posture (Naukasana). This pose is the best for the belly and it can also strengthen the muscles in the legs and the back.
In order to do this pose you need to lie on your back. Your legs must be joined together and straight. Breathe in and start raising your legs, but it is very important for them to remain straight (do not bend your knees). Try to lift your legs, while stretching your foot and toes, as high as possible. Stay in this position and at the same time lift your arms (which must be straight as well) and reach your toes. Stay in this position for about 15 seconds and breathe normally. You exhale and return to your original position. This pose is then repeated for five times. Relax for 15 seconds after each move.
The next exercise is not only a yoga pose, but a popular exercise in the Fitness Centers. It is called Board (Kumbhakasana). It requires the least of effort, but in terms of burning belly fat, it is irreplaceable. Indirectly this exercise has a positive effect on strengthening the shoulders, back, arms, thighs and buttocks. In order to do this position you need to put your hands on the ground, in parallel with your shoulders and hips. When you inhale your neck and spine should be in the same line with the ab muscles. The body needs to be straight. Your hands must be flat laid on the floor and the fingers are spread this position should be held for about 15 – 30 seconds, but if you can, hold this position longer. You drop to your knees when you exhale. This pose should be repeated 5 times at least with 15 seconds break between each repetition. Please be aware that this pose is not recommendable for persons who suffer from high blood pressure and shoulder and back pains.
Wind Easing Posture (Pavanamukthasana)
The last but not least is the Wind easing posture (Pavanamukthasana). This yoga position offers many benefits, however regardless of the fact that it can reduce the pain in the back and it can strengthen the abs, thighs and hips, it also balances the level of pH levels in the stomach, helps you deal with constipation and speeds up your metabolic processes in the body.
Position yourself on your back. Stretch your feet and make sure that heals touch one another. Bend your knees and start exhaling. Touch your chest with your legs and press the abdominal area by using your thighs. Breathe in and keep this position up to 90 seconds. Then you exhale and bring your knees and hands in the starting position. Repeat this position for five times with 15 seconds of rest in between.
For better results it is recommendable to practice these yoga positions in the morning, All poses need to be repeated 3-5 times, 3 days a week, and then rest for one day.