yoga abs workout guide

To start appearing thin and muscular, first you need to lose weight (if you are overweight).

Balancing Stick is one of those “sleeper” postures in yoga. The exercise help in reducing weight. You balance on one leg, knee locked. The rest of your body is extended over it like a table-top. Arms are flexed hard, stretching straight past your head. One leg is lifted straight back, knee locked, toes pointed. In hot yoga, or Bikram Hot Yoga, it’s ten of the hardest seconds you can imagine. When you stand up, your heart will be pounding in your chest. Sweat drips from your nose. You want to gasp for breath but are encouraged to breathe “in through the nose, out through the nose,” in order to stay calm and not go running from the room. As my embroidered yoga mat says… “This ain’t no sissy yoga.”

Yoga is easy to get into; you only have to do each posture as YOU are able on that day. You don’t have to be a skinny-minny, and you don’t have to be perfect. With hot yoga, your main goal is to stay in the room!

In a hot, humid room, my ligaments and muscles stretch easier. By the end of the class, I feel wrung out like a dirty sponge. I’m soaking wet, exhausted and… calm! I can even pig out a little bit later in the day without sacrificing the calorie burning benefits of the class.

Swami Ramdev Baba recommends some of the simple yoga poses for weight loss program.

The exercises he recommends for weight loss are:

1. KapalBhati
2. Bhastrika
3. Baharya
4. Anulom Vilom
5. Bhramri
6. Udgeeth

Kapalbhati is the most popular one and it is a series of breathing like exercises while moving the muscles of your stomach strongly, these series of exercises can be safely practiced at home and even in public places while you have breaks, they are not invasive or require a lot of extremities movement.

Yoga poses for Abs

Among the different methods to achieve a flat stomach, there’s one that has been gaining ground over the last years, and now it stays as a permanent routine on thousands of gyms around the World: Yoga. But Yoga for abs is nothing new; many people in the western world are discovering how it can have a positive impact in their lives.

Yoga relies on poses, and these Yoga poses that we are talking about will strengthen your abs in a way you thought it was impossible. On the other side, is good to note, that any change must be integral – that means that if you really want to see results you’ll also have to work your way to reduce excess fat (cardio and a great diet with stable sugar levels are critical components for success).

What are the great poses on yoga for abs?

The Bow Pose

Lie flat on your stomach and grab your ankles with both arms while lifting at the same time your head.

bow pose yoga postures weightloss

You should end up resting on your stomach. NOTE: This is great also for chronic constipation!

The Peacock Pose

In this pose you’ll need to balance your abdomen on your co joined elbows while at the same time raising your legs.

the peacock pose mayurasana weightloss

This is a hard pose that you may not achieve at first, but still will do wonders for your abs.

Sun Salutations

This a pose combo. I tried to do these and at first found it very challenging.

sun salutations weight loss strong abs

That’s the thing with yoga, you may think it’s easy but it’s not! Sun salutations have also a spiritual importance in yoga, and like I said it involves motions, backward and forward motions. Sun salutations are a great way to begin your yoga fro stomach workout.

Cat Cow stretch

This exercise will stretch your abdominals, allowing them to grow. Stretching is also a way to strengthen your muscles. To do this, come on all fours and bend your spine on both ways, like a cat.

cat cow stretch pose

Now let us see how you can strengthen the abs with yoga poses.

Remember to start out slow and don’t overdo it. Consult a physician in case of joints or body pain as you would normally do before beginning any physical workouts.

Strengthen Abs with Yoga

Here are a few exercises you may want to try:

1. The torso stretch

Place your hands at your sides and lift yourself up towards the ceiling while holding your breath for about 40 seconds.

the torso stretch pose for abs workout

Another way, is to lie on the hands down on the mat and stretch your neck upwards as shown in the image above.

2. The yoga crunch

Lay on your back and bring your knees up to your chest, hands over your head. Flex your feet towards the ceiling. Do not arch your back on the way down.

the torso stretch pose for abs workout

You will want slow and controlled movements when doing these exercises. You should feel the burn after several repetitions. You should also control your breathing process. This helps to stretch your abdominal muscles. one of the best forms of yoga is Pilates. This form of yoga focuses on the core/torso of the body and the rear, which control most of the body’s actions throughout the day. There are movements for every fitness level. Pilates has become very popular at working the abdominal region. There is a yoga movement known as “the plank”, where you basically push up your entire body on your arms and toes. It is very difficult, but very rewarding. There is also the “side plank”. These are both beneficial movements, but may take a while to master.

If you take a few minutes out of your hectic day and try some yoga, it will not only benefit your abdominals, but your total body and mind as well. You will gain confidence by accomplishing the more advanced yoga movements. Along with your newfound confidence, you will also gain focus in your life.

Although most lazy people perceive these exercises as useless, I challenge you to just try them. You’ll see how good they are! And we are talking about just yoga for abs here, in the end you’ll find yoga has solutions for very part of your body. Good luck getting that tight stomach!

Abs Yoga Workout

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  1. I have curvy figure. I do workouts and when I m too tired because of hard life, workoholic or too much sex on weekends. I prefer to do yoga. It has less stress and more power.

  2. Sarojini Yadav says:

    Don’t know whether I will get time to practice such postures. I want to do these. But My busy life not helping me.

  3. Rachna Gandhi says:

    Wow… these tips surely help me in getting my lost shape back.

  4. Alima Begum says:

    Yoga helped me get nice and sexy figure. I m widow but after doing yoga I found guys look at me whenever I go to market or places.

  5. Yoga is god’s blessing for me.

  6. kittycatse7en says:

    wow i almost bought this in the store the other day

  7. Yes, do it in the sun. It’s an active way to get a tan ^_^

  8. swowly wower your wegs…and swide them forward…

    Rodney is a great teacher, but I can’t help laugh at his accent sometimes. It’s so American sounding, until he starts on about the wegs 🙂

  9. largemoose says:

    “are you suppose? to do it in an underwear ?”

    yes…or in clothing that’s not restrictive.

    “yogas so good for martial arts.”


  10. shoppingislife411 says:

    i do yoga in the nude
    it better like that 😉

  11. cristy0303 says:

    sand is way more confortable than a mat.

  12. neilp1993 says:

    hahhaha idk or else everyone outside would probly call the cops.

    but it looks like it works! imma try it

  13. miiwiiplay says:

    1:38 top 4:45

    Inhail and release your groins lol

  14. Liindbloms says:

    I’d love to yoga with him (;

  15. exhale and release your groins?

  16. colombiano698 says:

    come on why in underwear thats just wrong put on some shorts lol

  17. lovingtoes says:

    does yoga make you loose weight

  18. Some people use to do yoga in pants,shorts,ect
    But at least he is trying to teach people how to do yoga it doesn’t matter if he not using some shorts or wherever he feel comfortable using underwear instead of shorts.There is some people that do yoga naked!!I think it depends how people see it. There is nothing wrong here!!!

  19. bahamabum says:

    Thank you for the great video, I use meditation to feel happy and relaxed. I highly recomend meditation if you feel stressed out, want to clear your mind, or just want to feel relaxed and happy. Make sure you check out

  20. lmclaughlin61 says:

    This takes some flexibility I really don’t have. But, he gets props for that exercise.

  21. mAkKaOuI888 says:

    its not underware

  22. JimmyTbaby says:

    well hes wearing underwear to get a good tan. lOL.
    but yoga is great for the mind, body & soul.
    ive been doing it for a week now & i feel great.

  23. cucciana16 says:

    Yes it does, a lot also

  24. ForYouchube says:

    I got a Gaiam yoga dvd it was this guy, some blonde lady, and a small class. 1st time doing yoga. i could NOT touch my toes, not even bend over my knees before 😛 after like 2 30 min. yoga workouts i cal put my pals to da floor (proud) =D & 30 minutes passed by SOO fast i was like wat? gotta do it again. thought me a lot & was entertaining + relazing. You can find it in da library 🙂 dats where i found that DVD 😛

  25. Cloudyskiez says:

    This sure makes it seem like those who do Yoga are great in bed ;__;.
    Maybe I should do this Yoga thing for pratice for the future. xD.
    4+ Internets, for you, mister.

  26. even the panorama is inspiring, Another nice Gaiam video. Thanks.

  27. archibaldelsb says:

    we used this same tape in my gym class. it`s good.

  28. Unityspirit50 says:

    doesnt he get sand in his pants? It hurts for me to move like this my arthritis and plus im overweight. should someone with health issues start this?

  29. missmoanypants says:

    Beautiful landscape where this is shot but it seems like a kinda random place to do yoga.