Yoga helps exercise the various parts of the body individually. For example, the abdomen can be made taut with proper breathing and the Uttana Padasana. Here are two simple yogasanas to tighten your abdomen. These asanas can be done either in the morning or in the evening.
Talasana or the Palm-tree Posture Talasana is one of the basic poses in Yoga. This pose looks like a tall tree. It is ideal for improving concentration and helps shape your figure. It is also excellent in improving poise and deportment. The entire body feet, legs, abdominal muscles, spinal column, shoulder, neck, hands is fully stretched.
Stand with feet a little apart (about 8"). Balance the body weight equally on heels and toes.
Hands are to be placed by the sides. Expand your chest and hold your stomach in tightly.
As you inhale, slowly raise both arms sideways and then upwards. The palms of the hands can either be joined overhead or held separately.
Simultaneously raise your toes. The inside of the arms should touch the ears. Stretch up to maximum height. Maintain this posture for five seconds. Slowly breathe out and bring your arms and feet back to the starting position.
Points to note
Do not tilt to one side; do not bend your knees and elbows at any stage. Remember to take a deep breath before you stretch.
Sethubandhasana or the Bridge pose In this pose, an arch is created on the back.
- Lie on your back with arms placed on the sides.
- Fold your legs at the knees, with feet flat on the ground.
- Keep the upper part of the body flat on the floor.
- Now breathe in and lift the waist and hips as much as possible. Breathe normally. Stay in the pose for 15 seconds in the beginning.
Points to note
Do these two poses for 15 seconds at a time. Once you become more flexible, do the asanas for one minute at a time. Over a period of time, the abdomen will lose its flabbiness.