How to tone up through yoga
I have been through a phase where I have looked slim, but certain clothes made me look hideous, I could not wear dresses, which fitted me over my stomach, or it clinged to my sides (love handles :() My mom decided to get a yoga instructor home and both of started our regime. I hated to get up at 6 am and doing yoga, but I decided to include it in my otherwise boring gym routine. I still am toning up, and the stage keeps coming back as and when we have changes in our lifestyle. But the best way is of self-acceptance and to agree to your bodily flaws with an open mind. It is then, when you work hard to get what you want.
Let me tell you few quick moves which will help you tone up and regular practice will help you attaining something closer to your goal:
1. Side planks (Vasisthasana)
I had funnily bulging love handles and this would me very conscious, I still fear getting them back, but I try to incorporate side planks in my exercise routine to them at bay. In this pose, the top leg is raised perpendicular to the floor. This asana also helps you in building arm and shoulder muscles. It is perfect pose to be done with proper guidance and helps you getting rid of that ugly sight of the sides 😉
2. Triangle pose (Trikonasana)
In this asana, with your feet apart, turn the left foot slightly in toward the right and your right foot forward pointing in front. Align the right heel with the left arm, raise your arms parallel to the floor, and reach the other one actively out to the sides with palms facing down. repeat on the other side.
This asana will help you with the oblique’s your body is stretched to give it a toned look. This is one of my favourite exercises. This pose also helps you in relieving of back pain.
3. Boat Pose (Nauvasana)
This asana is the most gruelling one, it also a form of abs exercise, but the asana has to be held for more than 45-60 seconds in order to get the benefit. For this asana, sit on the floor with your legs straight in front of you. Place your hands on the floor slightly behind your hips with your fingers pointing forward. Lift your legs and lean your chest back. Lengthen the spine; do not round the back. Straighten your knees allowing the toes to point towards the sky or keep the knees bent with the hips parallel to the floor. Reach the arms forward alongside the legs parallel to the floor. Firm the lower abdomen, tuck the chin slightly and gaze forward or up at your feet. Repeat the asana for another set.
A word of caution, If you back pain, avoid it.
4. Gate Pose (Parighasana)
In this pose, the asana aims at stretching the side of the body and is very useful for toning the abdominals, improving circulation and increasing the flexibility of the spine. This pose stretches the muscles connecting to ribs, thereby increasing the capacity of the lungs for deep breathing. With this pose you will bring awareness and flexibility to the often-neglected sides of your body. This pose somewhat resembles the triangle pose.
These are a few exercises I regularly follow in my routine, I really don’t want those ghastly sides coming back and haunting me :p
Happy Holidays everyone,
Are you ready to tone with yoga?
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