These Are The 4 Best Yoga Moves For A Flat Tummy
Yoga will sculpt a rock-hard tum faster than a million crunches…
Regular yoga practice can sculpt a rock-hard midsection faster than banging out a million crunches because any given fitness session is full of core-strengthening moves. But these tummy toners take top honours. They challenge your balance and stability and force your obliques, hip flexors and even glutes to team up, helping you build seriously strong (and sexy) abs.
Perform the following moves as a “flow” to raise your heart rate and torch more kilojoules each session. Begin with plank to side plank on your left side, then flow directly into chaturanga to plank, before returning to side plank on your right side. Repeat the sequence, then lower to forearm plank. Rest on your knees for 30 seconds, then move into high boat/low boat. Repeat the entire sequence three times.
You’ll need: A yoga mat
Plank to side plank
Position your hands under your shoulders, arms straight and legs extended behind you, feet hip-width apart. This is plank (A). Bring your left palm to the centre of the mat and roll onto the outer edge of your left foot. Stack your right foot on top of your left. Extend your right arm up and hold for eight breaths (B). Return to plank.
Chaturanga to plank
From plank (A), bend your elbows 90 degrees, keeping your upper arms close to your body and lowering your shoulders to elbow height. Your upper back should be broad and the tips of your shoulder blades should be drawn down your back (B). Return to plank.
Place your forearms on the floor shoulder-width apart, elbows directly under your shoulders. Make sure your toes are curled under, your legs are extended straight behind you and your feet are hip-width apart. Your body should form a straight line from head to heels. Brace your abs and hold for one minute.
High boat, low boat
Sit upright on the floor, then lean back, extending your arms straight in front of you and lifting your legs together off the floor. This is high boat (A). Hold for three breaths, then lower your back and legs towards the floor without letting them touch it. This is low boat (B). Hold for three breaths; return to high boat. Repeat 10 times.