Yoga preaches healthy and mindful eating habits, good sleep, and exercises as key to longevity and health. It claims that a monotonous lifestyle, unhealthy eating habits, lack of exercise, and high stress are the reasons for belly fat. The wider your belly gets, the higher the level of risk of Diabetes, heart diseases, and cancer! Yogists believe that you need to follow a proper diet with good fitness routine get rid of belly fat. If you don’t want to attend the gym then yoga is a great option. It not only helps decrease belly fat but also increases mindfulness and calms your nervous system.

Try these 5 yoga asanas to get rid of belly fat:

Tadasana is a warm up pose, which improves blood circulation, posture, tones up the belly, and allows your body to get ready for the other poses.

Stand with your feet flat with heels slightly apart. Lengthen your tailbone toward the floor and lift the pubis toward the navel.

Stretch your hands to the front and bring your palms closer to each other. Inhale and stretch your spin. Raise your folded up above your head and stretch as much as you can.

Try to lift your ankles while stretching and stand on your toes. Look at the ceiling, breathe in and out. Hold this pose for 30 seconds and inhale and while exhaling slowly relax and bring your feet back to the floor.

Repeat 10 times and increase the time slowly.

Paschimottanasana stimulates the centre of the solar plexus. It not only acts as a tummy toning pose but the forward bend offers an admirable level of stretch to the hamstring, thighs and hips. This asana is ideal for those who are prone to digestive disorders.

Sit on the floor with your legs in front. our buttocks supported on a folded blanket and your legs straight in front of you. Press actively through your heels. Keep your spine erect, inhale and stretch your hands above your head without bending your elbows. Slowly come forward and try to touch your toes, once you are able to do that hold them and try pulling them backwards till you experience a stretch on your hamstrings. Breathe in and hold your tummy in and stay in the pose anywhere from 1 to 3 minutes. To come up, first lift the torso away from the thighs and straighten the elbows again if they are bent. Then inhale and lift the torso up by pulling the tailbone down and into the pelvis. Repeat 5 times.

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Do not attempt if you have slip disc disorders, abdominal surgery, asthma and diarrhoea.

Pavanamuktasana is a wind relieving pose, which improves constipation and indigestion. Did you know that your knees cause pressure on your tummy? Thus, holding this position for more than a minute can help burn fat in the region. Lie down on your back, bend your knees, place your arms on the shins, take a deep breath and as you exhale bring the bent knees towards your chest and wrap your arms around them. Inhale again and while you exhale lift your head allowing your chin to touch your knees. Hold this position for 90 seconds continuously breathing. Exhale and slowly bring yourself to the initial position. Relax! Repeat 7-10 times.

Do not attempt this if you are pregnant, have spinal issues, blood pressure and heart issues.

Bhujangasana is the cobra pose, which gives your belly a good stretch and strengthens the back muscles.

Lie down on your belly with legs slightly apart and toes touching the flour. Keep your hands on either side of the body with palms facing the floor. Bring the palms beneath your shoulders. Inhale deeply and slowly lift your chest and head off the floor. Look to the ceiling, tuck your pubis towards your navel, and keep your buttocks firm. Hold to this for 15-30 seconds,breathing normally. Inhale and slowly lower yourself, exhale and relax. Relax for 30 seconds and perform 10 times.

Bend backwards only till the time you feel comfortable.Do not perform if you are pregnant or suffer from back injury and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Balasana or the child pose is the best to calm your body.

Sit on your knees, heels apart and your buttocks touching the floor. Inhale and slowly stretch your arms upwards, exhale and slowly bend forward touching your palms and forehead on the floor. Stay there for some time. Breathe normally and keep your tummy tucked in. Inhale and slowly come up. Exhale and relax. Do not perform if you are pregnant!

Yoga works best if your goal is to lose belly fat. Perform these 5 asanas daily for 15-20 minutes and you’ll reap the rewards in one week!

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