Yoga Asanas for Reducing Abdominal Fat
The most dangerous fat lies around the organs,
deep within the belly.
The fat in the abdominal area functions differently
than fat elsewhere in the body. It has a greater blood supply as well as more
receptors for cortisol, a stress hormone. Cortisol levels rise and fall
throughout the day, but when you're under constant
stress, the amount of
the hormone you produce remains elevated. With high stress and, consequently,
high cortisol levels, more fat is deposited in the abdominal area since there
are more cortisol receptors there
If stress levels are high,
Abdominal fat will increase
These exercises can help postmenopausal women to get rid of that intra-abdominal
fat and in the process reduce their risk for some chronic illnesses.
Time: 1/2 minutes each leg.
Method: Lie down on your back. Breath in. Then fold the left leg from the
knees. Hold the fingers together and bring the folded leg to touch the stomach.
Lift the head and touch the nose to the knee. The other leg remains straight.
Hold the breath. Come to original position and leave the breath. Follow the same
for the other leg.
NOTE: This asana can also be done with both the knees folded.
Benefits: Removes gas from the abdomen and reduces abdominal fat.
Increases the flexibility of the
knees and hips.
Time: 1/2 minutes.
Method: Lie on your stomach, forehead on the ground, hands under
shoulders. Raise your upper body by the strength of the back muscles, head up.
Don't take help of the hands, they may remain on the ground or held on the back
over the hips.
Benefits: Helps in keeping the dorsal spine elastic and strong.
due to overstrain can be thus relieved. Helps considerably in reducing abdominal
Time: 1/2 minute
Method: Lie on your stomach. Bend knees, hold the ankles. Pull your hands
and push with your legs, knees together, till the trunk forms an arch with only
the stomach on the ground. Look up. After releasing the posture lie for a while
Benefits: Reduces abdominal fat. The compressing of the spinal column,
pressing the nerves with the
scapulae minimizes blood circulation while in the
asana. But when the pose is released a greater supply of blood is endured to
those very regions increasing spinal flexibility and definitely raising the
Time: 2 minutes
Method: Lie on your back, legs straight, arms overhead, hands together,
palms facing up. Sit up, take hands overhead, back straight, then bend forward
to hold the big toes, head between arms and touching the knees.
Benefits: Reduces abdominal fat. Removes wind from the intestines and
The Stomach Lift, Abdominal Lift (Uddyiana Bandha)
Method: The stomach lift really consists of two separate exercises.
First exercise. While standing with your feet about a foot apart and your knees
slightly bent, lean forwards a little from the waist and place your hands just
above your knees. Inhale deeply by pushing your abdomen forwards, and then
exhale by pushing your stomach in. Don't take another breath; instead, push in
your stomach even more, so that it becomes hollow, and hold your breath for
about ten seconds.
Second exercise: Do the same as above but, instead of holding your Stomach in
after exhaling, rapidly push your stomach in and out ten times without taking
another breath. Stand up straight and resume normal breathing.
This asana massages and tones up the internal organs in the abdominal area.
It also massages the heart, making it a stronger, more effective pump. Your
circulation will improve and you will have less chance of having a
It relieves constipation, gas, indigestion and liver trouble.
It tones up the nerves in the solar plexus region.
It reduces abdominal fat and strengthens the abdominal muscles.
It helps the correct functioning of the adrenal glands and sex glands.
Begin in Tadasana, Mountain Pose
Inhale the right arm up keeping it rooted in the shoulder socket but extending
through the finger tips.
Bend the left arm so the elbow is close in to the body and the finger tips are
away from the body, palm faces the sky.
Engage the muscles of your right leg as you bend the left leg behind you and
catch the inside of your foot with your left hand.
Draw both knees together while keeping the tailbone tucked.
Exhale, press your left foot into your hand extending from the left top thigh.
As the leg raises begin to hinge at your hips bringing your upper body parallel
to the ground.
Allow the heart to melt as the left hip bone and shoulder softens and
Reach through the ball mounds of your left foot as your upper body reaches
Find the arch in the spine to be equal through out by extending though the heart
and rooting the tailbone down, away from the body.
To release: Exhale, come back through standing and repeat on the other side.
Benefits: Strengthens thighs,
abdominal fat, Helps manage anorexia. Good for
posture and natal care. Helps in
healing tennis elbow and frozen shoulder.
suryanamaskar, in the early morning, as the morning and evening
sun radiate more ultraviolet rays. Even in the west, doctors are using the rays
of the sun as a powerful therapeutic agent in the treatment of diseases. They
call it helio-therapy. Suryanamaskar is combined process of
yoga asana and
breathing. It reduces abdominal fat, gives flexibility to the spine and limbs
and increases the breathing capacity. There are twelve spinal positions, each
stretching various ligaments and giving different movements to the verbal
column, which is bent forward and backward alternatively with deep breathing.
The tradition of yoga associates the belly with the first three of seven
arising along the body's core. These chakras are muladhara at the base of the
spine, linked with the sacral nerve plexus; swadhisthana, associated with the
reproductive organs and linked with the parastatic nerve plexus; and manipura at
the navel, linked with the solar plexus.
The most important thing you need to do is to program yourself mentally. Don't
use a scale to measure your progress. Follow a healthy
low fat diet.
Dated 01 November 2013