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10 Yoga Poses for a Tight Tummy

With summertime quickly approaching, I think we are all looking for the perfect workout to melt away that lingering tummy chub!

Well search no more! Here we will go over 10 yoga poses for a tight tummy!

Yoga can be a fantastic workout for the core and ab muscles. We are able to burn hundreds of calories in only a 30 minute session!

Not only is yoga a full body workout, but it is also a great exercise for the mind. Those who practice yoga regularly can expect to feel more in tune with their body and breath.

Who can benefit from these poses?

  • Those looking to shed that winter weight
  • Anyone wanting to burn fat and build muscle
  • Beginners who need to lose weight for health reasons
  • People looking to improve their posture
  • Those looking to maintain a healthy weight

When practiced regularly, these poses can shed extra weight, strengthen core muscles, and build those yoga abs!

Hold each pose for 10 – 30 seconds.

Now who’s ready to feel the burn!

#1 Plank Pose

Plank pose at the gym.

A powerful exercise for the core muscles, plank pose is a great way to tone the tummy! While you are perched on your hands and toes, the entire body is working to keep you balanced and engaged.

  • Begin on hands and knees with hands directly under your shoulders
  • Lift your knees off the ground and push into the balls of your feet. Straighten your legs.
  • Imagine making a straight line from your head to your feet
  • Balance your weight over your hands while engaging your core
  • Keep your gaze at the floor in order to keep your neck in line

#2 Four Limbed Staff Pose (Chaturanga)

Chaturanga Pose in the gym.

Chaturanga is the perfect way to work those abs! A full body workout, it forces you to hold your body weight mainly with your arm strength, while balancing on the balls of the feet.

  • Start on hands and knees
  • Lift your knees off the ground and push into the balls of your feet
  • With hands by your ribcage, lift your torso off the ground a few inches while keeping your elbows bent at a 90 degree angle and your body parallel with the ground

#3 Boat Pose

Boat pose at the gym.

Boat pose is a killer core workout! It is much harder than it looks to balance on the booty!

Your core is doing most of the work to hold your legs and torso up, and the mini adjustments the abs make to keep you balanced really works the core!

  • Begin seated with legs out straight
  • Lift legs off the ground, trying to create a V with your body
  • Reach forward with your fingertips, keeping your arms straight
  • Pull your belly button in toward your spine and engage your core muscles
  • Lengthen the spine and pull the shoulders away from the ears

#4 Locust Pose

Locust Pose at the gym.

Say buh bye to love handles with this one! Locust pose really works the sides and core muscles to pull your extremities off the ground!

  • Start by laying face down on the mat with your hands clasped behind your back
  • Raise your legs, chest, and head off the mat at once as far as you can
  • Lift your arms while keeping the hands clasped behind you
  • Rest for 10 seconds and repeat 3x

#5 Warrior 1

Warrior I at the gym against a white background.

Warrior 1 is a great way to work the core and the legs, double whammy! The core stays engaged to hold your balance while the legs stay engaged to hold the squat.

  • Start by standing at the top of your mat. Step one foot back to be at a 45 degree angle with the back of your mat
  • Bend your front leg to be parallel with the ground while keeping your knee directly above the ankle
  • Raise your arms to reach toward the ceiling, follow your fingertips with your gaze and look upward
  • Try to rotate your hips to face forward without moving your feet
  • Repeat on the other side

#6 Warrior 2

Warrior II at the gym against a white background

Like its previous counterpart, warrior 2 does a great job of toning those tummy muscles while also working the legs and glutes!

  • Start by standing at the top of your mat. Step one foot back to be parallel with the back of your mat
  • Bend your front leg to be parallel with the floor while keeping your knee above the ankle
  • Extend your arms toward the front and rear of the room, following your front fingertips with your eyes
  • Repeat on the other side

#7 Extended Side Angle

Extended side angle at the gym against a white background

A serious core buster, extended side angle pose requires core strength, leg strength, and balance.

  • Start by standing at the back of your mat
  • Step one foot forward into a high lunge
  • Keep your thigh parallel with the ground and your knee directly above your ankle
  • Bring your front forearm onto your front knee
  • Stretch the opposite arm over your head and forward
  • Create a straight line from your back foot to your fingertips
  • Look up and forward toward your fingertips
  • Repeat on the other side

#8 Side Plank

Side plank at the gym against a white background.

An intense workout for the upper body and the core, side plank forces you to engage the legs, core and shoulders in order to keep yourself in a straight line.

  • Start in plank pose
  • Plant one hand on the mat and allow the opposite hand to reach to the ceiling
  • Imagine making a straight line from one hand to the other, and another line from your feet to your head
  • Stack the your top foot on the other
  • Hold your head up to keep your neck in line with your spine

#9 Tree Pose

Tree pose at the gym against a white wall.

These standing balance poses are perfect to work the core. The ab muscles engage and work hard to make tiny adjustments to keep you upright!

Tree pose activates the legs, core, and arms while also strengthening the ankles.

  • Begin by standing
  • Plant into the four corners of one foot as you raise the other foot against the thigh or the calf (just not against the knee)
  • Place the palms together at your chest
  • Fix your gaze on a spot ahead of you
  • Repeat on the other side

#10 Crow Pose

Crow pose at the gym against a white wall.

A little hand balance, anybody? Crow pose is a great way to engage the core and work the tummy muscles.

Just like doing crunches, the abs are doing most of the work here to hold the legs into the chest. Additionally, the arms and shoulders receive a good workout from holding up your body weight.

Remember to warm up the wrists first!

  • Start by squatting and planting your hands on the mat in front of you
  • Place your knees into your armpits and bend the elbows
  • Rock forward onto your tiptoes and press into the palms
  • Lift one foot off the mat and find your balance
  • Lift your other foot

Do you feel the burn?

When practiced regularly, these poses can help to quickly melt away belly fat, boost the metabolism, strengthen the core, and build ab muscles!

Remember that we each have a practice that is as individual as we are! Always listen to your body and most importantly, modify any pose that feels painful.

What do I need to get started?

You don’t need anything in order to start practicing yoga except for your own motivation! However, having some of these things can be helpful, and can make us feel more motivated and confident in our practice!

Here are some of my favorites :

I hope you’ve enjoyed this series of poses for a tight tummy!

Which one of these poses is your favorite? How has your practice changed after incorporating these poses? Inspire others by commenting below!


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