Yoga doesn’t just improve flexibility and strengthen the core, but it has been shown to reduce stress levels, which studies have shown in turn, reduces belly fat.
Try these poses of yoga for abs sculpting poses that will help define your abs and clear your mind.
1. Tree Pose
Stand up straight with a strong core. Shift your weight onto your left leg and draw your right knee up towards your hips. Take hold of your ankle and place your foot flat onto the side of your left thigh.
If you are maintaining your balance, press your palms together in front of your chest. Brace your abs into your spine to support the stance. Don’t look down at your legs – instead focus your gaze on a spot in front of you. Take ten deep breaths, then return to a standing position and repeat with the other leg.
Focus on opening your chest as your hinge backwards from your pelvis, tilting your shoulders back down slightly towards your feet. Arch slightly through your lower back, keep your ribcage down, and draw your bellybutton back towards your spine to support your back. Slowly return to the start position. Do 10 reps.
3. Bridge with a leg sweep
Tone your abs and your bum with this maximized bridge move.
Lie on your back with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor. Lay your arms straight by your sides, palms down. Brace your abs and the lift your hips off the floor.
Keep your hips level and extend your left leg up to the ceiling with your foot flexed. Sweep your left leg to the right, and the back to the left, past your left hip, keeping it extended at all times. Repeat that 10 times and then switch legs and do 10 reps with the right – maintaining the bridge at all times.