5 Yoga Exercises to a Flat Tummy
For those of you that don't already know, I've been a yoga instructor in Los Angeles for almost three years now. My specialty is a power vinyasa flow called Yoga Sculpt. The name itself says it all. I teach a very fast-paced, high-energy yoga class that incorporates weights. I blast some of my favorite EDM/hip-hop songs and make sure everyones having a good time while they sweat it out. My consistent students come to my class to have fun, tone it up, and burn away the extra fat. I wanted to share with you these 5 yoga exercises I ALWAYS use in my vinyasa routine. Enjoy!
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1. Cow-Cat Pose
We all know this pose, but did you know its for your core? It's super simple and easy so I always use it at the beginning of my class, but if you use the right breath to movement the benefit goes straight to your core.
Inhale -> Cow Pose
Gaze towards the sky and drop the belly
Exhale -> Cat Pose
Engage the core, tuck the chin and tailbone under, and roll your spine to the sky
Repeat 5 times
2. Boat Pose
Now this pose has 3 different levels
Level 1 : Toes on the mat
Level 2: Legs in table top with toes pointed forward (as pictured)
Level 3: Straighten the knees
3. Vinyasa Crunch
I use this pose once everyone is warmed up and ready to work. It's the hardest and there are a few variations. You start in 3-legged dog (as pictured) then bring your knee to your elbow in a high plank position. Throughout class I'll make my students alternate elbows. For example, I'll say bring your knee to your right elbow, then have them start back up in three legged dog before they bring their knee to their left elbow or center-to-heart.
4. Eagle Crunch
This pose is always the hardest to understand because you have to switch sides and know where your legs and arms go.
If you're doing an eagle crunch on the right side, you bring your right leg over your left and bring your right foot behind your calf. Then, you bring your right arm under your left and interlace your hands. Once you are there, you inhale on the stretch and exhale on the crunch.
5. Supta baddha konasana Crunch
This last yoga core exercise isolates the top part of your abs. I know it's awkward but you bring your knees wide while your toes touch. Hands are kept behind the head and you keep your shoulders off the mat for small pulses.