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Yoga poses to incinerate lower-belly fat

If there’s one thing we often find ourselves insecure about, it’s lower-belly fat. That tummy just above your pants line that you can’t quite get the button around. And while “dad-bod” might be a thing for some people, most end up feeling very insecure because of it.

Here are some yoga poses you can do to get rid of the unwanted lower-belly fat:

  1. Navasana

Also known as the Boat Pose, the Navasana tones your core by strengthening your hip flexors.

Sit on the mat with your legs pointing straight out in front of you. Place your hands slightly behind your hips with your fingers pointing to your feet.

Lift through your chest and lean back slightly until you are balancing on your tailbone.

Lift your legs until your thighs are at a 45-50 degree angle to the floor. Pressing your tailbone down into the floor, pull your pelvis into your stomach. Your toes should be slightly above eye-level.

Stretch your arms out in front of you until they are parallel to your legs.

Stay in the pose for about 20 seconds.

  1. Kumbhakasana

Most commonly known as the Plank Pose, the Kumbhakasana engages your abdominal muscles to stimulate calorie-burning.

Start on your hands and knees. Your wrists should be under your shoulders and your fingers spread wide. Your head and neck should be aligned with your spine.

On your toes, step your feet back so that your legs are also aligned with your spine. Engage your core and thighs.

Stay in the pose for about 30 seconds.

  1. Dhanurasana

Also known as the Bow Pose, the Dhanurasana counters fat around your waist. It tones your core, while also stretching your back, thighs, arms and chest. It also helps to improve your posture.

Lie on your stomach. Your arms should be by your sides with your palms facing up. Your knees should be hip-width apart for the entire pose.

Bend your knees and bring your heels toward your butt. Reach your hands back and take hold of your ankles.

Lift your heels upwards, away from your butt. Lift your thighs off the floor in the same motion. Your head and upper body will also lift off the floor.

Draw your shoulders away from your ears towards your back and engage your core.

Stay in the pose for up to 30 seconds.

  1. Bhujangasana

Known as the Cobra Pose, the Bhujangasana stretches your core and strengthens your back muscles.

Lie down on your stomach. Your legs should be spaced slightly apart with the tops of your feet flat on the floor. Place your hands below your shoulders, palms down.

Lift your chest and head off the floor until your arms are straightened. Pull your pelvis into your stomach and keep your butt firm.

Stay in the pose for up to 30 seconds.

 

These asanas, or poses, will help improve the rate at which your body burns calories. By engaging your core muscles, it will help to reduce the fat in your lower belly. If you practise these poses regularly, you can turn that self-conscious blob on your belly into a toned belly that you are proud of.

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