If you want to have a nice flat stomach and toned abs, there are a few important things that you must do. Besides the obvious of watching your diet, you need to develop an exercise routine that combines both, aerobic exercise along with stomach specific resistance exercises. Although there is evidence that resistance exercises help burn fat, aerobic routines are still the best way to help reduce belly fat and body fat in general. Along with aerobic exercises though, you need to combine abdominal training, to achieve the final result of a flat and toned stomach. Luckily yoga can provide you both, an aerobic exercise as well as stomach toning exercises.
Another important aspect of toning muscles and stomach muscles especially is that you need to vary the routines and exercises you do from time to time. This variation ensures that muscles are being worked out effectively and the most is being achieved from the exercises, as muscles get used to repeated patterns and respond less and less to the same routines. For this reason it’s good to have many different abdominal workouts in your yoga toolbox and change these routines up from time to time.
Below (#5) you will find a list of abdominal workouts already published on the website, which have been quite popular and are very effective. But for those of you who have already been doing these yoga poses and routines for some time and are looking for some variation, below is another great set of abdominal exercises for you.
Some of these exercises are completely new, while others have been published previously. The set though combines them to form a nice new routine. In addition, this set utilizes a chair as a prop to help you do some of the exercises. For those who are new to yoga, also notice the use of the strap for doing the challenging Yoga Boat Pose, which is by the way, excellent for toning and firming your stomach.
For Yoga Certification Program Students:
For those who are enrolled in the Yoga Certification Course (link here), the yoga leg extensions is an excellent exercise if you are teaching a senior, kids or newbie class. This is a good way to introduce yoga abdominal training to beginners and those who are unfit. Also, it is worth having straps available in your yoga studio so you can show them how to use it for difficult poses like Boat Pose. If you do not have straps you can use a rolled up towel or other such substitute.
For students in the Meditation Teacher’s Course (link here), if you are teaching a gentle yoga class or simple stretches prior to meditation, the above advice applies to your class as well.
This set was presented in the December 2012 edition of the Mastery of Meditation and Yoga newsletter.
Yoga Ab Exercises For Flat Toned Stomach:
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Benefits of Yoga Abdominal Training
#1: EASY LEG EXTENSIONS OR STRETCH POSE
Lately I have been sharing with you some wonderful poses and stretches you can do with the help with a chair and here are some excellent ab crunches you can add to that list.
One of the best poses for working on your abs is Yoga Boat Pose. As this is a difficult pose, there are 3 nice variations to make it easier. You can bend your knees, you can hold your knees or you can use a strap.