Belly fat is almost inevitable at some point in everyone’s life. Even if you eat healthily, you can’t just melt all the belly fat without including physical activity in the mix. You can hit the gym, start jogging or just exercise at home – whatever you do, you need to be aware that only a combination of diet and exercise will melt the layers of fat from your belly.
If you don’t have the time for any of this, we suggest going for yoga. Yes, there are more than a few yoga poses that can help you lose belly fat while also calming down your mind. Here’s a list of the best:
10 Yoga Positions To Help Lose Belly Fat
1. Pontoon Pose (Naukasana)
Lay down on your back and stretch the arms to the sides, then start lifting your legs off the ground at a 45-degree angle while taking deep breaths. Stretch your legs nicely and hold for 15 seconds, then rest for 10 before repeating the process. This relaxing pose will reinforce your leg and back muscles and work on your belly fat as well.
2. Board (Kumbhakasana)
The board pose targets more than a few muscle groups, especially those in the abdominal area. To do it, go down in a pushup position, with your hands lined up directly under your shoulders. Keep your back and body straight, look ahead and take a deep breath, drawing your navel in. Stay in that position for half a minute, then take a 15-second break and go for 5 repetitions.
3. Bow Pose (Dhanurasana)
Lie down on your stomach with your arms stretched to the sides, then bend your knees behind you and reach behind to grab your ankles and feet. Keep the position for up to 30 seconds, then relax for 15 before doing it again. The bow pose will reinforce your abs and core and do wonders for your belly fat.
4. Wind Easing Pose (Pavanamukthasan)
Lay down on the floor on your back, then bring your knees to your chest and “hug” them with your arms. Bring the knees as close to the body as possible, then hold for 20-30 seconds. Yes, the pressure on the abs is normal.
Relax for half a minute, then repeat the pose 5 times. Besides helping you lose weight, this pose will also strengthen your back muscles and relieve back pain.
5. Warrior Pose 1 (Virabhadrasana 1)
The first warrior pose will relax your body and mind, strengthen your buttocks and thighs, and melt your belly fat. Stand upright with your feet together, then step forward with one leg and backward with the other, in a move similar to a lunge.
Now, turn your torso toward the right knee, turn your left leg and raise yourself up using the knees. Stretch the arms over your head as well and hold the arching position up to half a minute. Repeat it a few more times with 15-second breaks in between.
6. Warrior Pose 2 (Virabhadrasana 2)
The second warrior pose is similar to the first – everything’s the same except for stretching the arms to the sides instead of over your head. The exercise works wonders for your thighs, buttocks, and of course, the belly fat.
7. Chair Pose (Uthkatasana)
Stand up in a Namaste pose, then bend your knees slightly and lift your arms up. Bend the torso forward and breathe deep. Hold the Chair pose as much as you can. Although it may look silly to some, the chair pose will reinforce your spine, thighs, and hips and pull in your abdominal muscles.
8. Cobra Pose (Bhujang asana)
Lay down on your stomach on the ground, then lift your front body up on your hands which should stay straight. Look forward at the same time and relax your legs – your position should be just like a raised cobra. This popular yoga pose will keep your upper body strong and reinforce your abs as well.
9. Bridge (Setubandhasana)
The bridge pose is a bit difficult to perform but can do wonders for your belly fat and back muscles. Lie down on your back, then raise your torso and buttocks off the floor while keeping your neck on the ground. Grab the ankles and push your hands in the floor for better support, then hold the pose for as long as you can.
10. Boat Pose (Naukasana)
Lie on your back on the floor and stretch your arms to the side while keeping your legs relaxed. Now, slowly lift the chest off the ground and look forward, holding the pose for 15-20 seconds. Take a breather of 15 seconds, then repeat it twice more.