4 Yoga Poses to Lose Love Handles

Prasarita Padottanasana A: Wide-Legged Forward Bend

Spread your feet about 4-feet apart. The inner feet are parallel to one another with toes slightly turned inward. Press the outer edges of your feet and big toes firmly into the floor. Engage your quads by lifting them up. Bring your hands to the hips.

As you inhale, lift the chest. Then exhale and bend forward keeping length through the torso. Release your hands to floor aligning them under the shoulders. Draw the head down towards the floor or rest your crown on the floor. Keep the wrists aligned under the elbows, spread the fingers, pull the belly in, and lift your quads. Stay for five breath cycles.

Benefits:

  • Engages the rectus abdominis.
  • Strengthens and stretches the inner and back legs and the spine.
  • Tones the abdomen.
  • Calms the mind.
  • Relieves mild backache.

More: 12 Yoga Poses for Non-Flexible People

Plank Pose

Begin in a tabletop position. Align the knees under your hips and your shoulders over your wrists. Press your hands into the floor and step one foot back at a time, bringing your torso parallel to the floor. Allow the arms to remain perpendicular to the floor with the shoulders aligned over wrists. Press your outer arms inward and spread your shoulder blades wide. Spread the chest open, draw the tailbone down, lift the thighs, and reach back through the legs. Reach the head forward and gaze softly towards the floor. Stay for 5 to 10 breath cycles.

Benefits:

  • Engages the rectus and transverse abdominis.
  • Strengthens the arms, wrists and spine.
  • Tones the abdomen.

More: 30-Day Plank Challenge

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