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6 yoga poses from Malaika Arora’s Instagram that are probably the reason for her washboard abs

Published on:21 April 2020, 17:41pm IST
If you want to use this time in the lockdown to achieve an enviable body, then just follow the instructions by Malaika Arora and get ripped like her.
Nikita Bhardwaj
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If you think that yoga won’t help you get those washboard abs then think again–because Malaika Arora is living proof of just how well yoga works for toning. You will always find this “chaiya-chaiya” girl doing poses that are breathtaking.

Malaika knows that it’s not just about a healthy body, but yoga also helps keep the mind healthy. Yoga subdues anxiety, stress, and depression according to a study published in the International Journal of Yoga. Well, that’s the reason why this dusky beauty shines bright like a diamond.

And now when you have enough time on your hands, you can try some yoga poses that are the reasons for Malailka Arora’s perfect body.

1. Handstand FTW
It seems like the handstand is everyone’s bae. And why not, especially this super pose can help make your muscles strong according to a study published in the Indian Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. But you try this pose, a word of caution: please do this under guidance of an expert as it can rupture your wrist and neck muscles, if not done properly.

 

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Hello there, lovely Divas! Welcome to Monday. Yipeeeeeeee This week’s #malaikasmoveoftheweek is my fav, a Handstand. Don’t forget to tag @thedivayoga, me and #malaikasmoveoftheweek when you post. Here’s how you can do it: – Start in Downward Dog, with your palms spread on the floor. Slowly start lifting your foot, shifting your weight on the balls of your feet – Bend your right knee, lifting the heel. Press down with your hands and lift your left leg upwards. Turn your biceps forwards and push down into your hands and straighten your elbows. Focus your vision a few inches in front of your hands – Arms firm, bend right knee and hop the leg off the floor. Your weight should be on your hands, keep your core tight at this point. Slowly start bending your legs like an open scissor. Rotate your thighs towards your core – Keep breathing regularly and to come out of the pose, first bring your right leg down slowly, and then the left – Rest in child’s pose for a moment This pose will definitely get you started onto a powerful week! Have a good one, Divas! #malaikasmondaymotivation 
#divayoga #divas #malaikasmondaymotivation #mondaymotivation #yogapose #yogalife #yogapose #yogaeveryday #yogainspiration #ygoagirl #yogagram #yogainmumbai #yogastudios

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2. Padma balasana for the perfect stretch
Now, this is the reason why the yoga diva has a flexible body. Padma balasana is the best yoga pose that you can perform when it comes to stretching. And if you think your body is way too stiff then this pose can help you loosen up.

 

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#malaikasmondaymotivation ..Hey there Divas! Let’s start this week right with #malaikasmoveoftheweek This week’s pose is Padma Balasana. . While posting, tag @thedivayoga and #malaikasmoveoftheweek . This Balasana variation can be done by following steps- 1. Start with any open leg seated pose ex. Dandasana. 2. While lifting your left knee towards the left side ribs and placing left heals closer to left side hip flexors. 3. Now Hold right toe and place the heal closer to left hip flexors. 4. Now bend forward to place your forearms on mat. 5. slowly shift your weight from from forearm to thoracic region. 6. Now extend the arms forward on the mat while arching slightly the back. 7. Stay as per your breath capacity. . Now let’s see those pictures rolling in! . #divayoga #malaikasmondaymotivation #yogachallenge #yogagram #yogaeveryday #yogalove #yogaposes #yogagirl #yogaeveryday #yoga #stretching #mondaymotivation #nomoremondayblues #instayoga #mumbai #yogainmumbai #malaikaarora #yogainspiration

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3. Reclined pigeon pose for lower back woes
A modified version, this one is a must for those with lower-back issues as this pose guarantees great results. We aren’t bragging! A study published in the Journal of Orthopedics and Rheumatology says that this pose can help you deal with chronic back pain. But again, try it with proper caution.

 

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Hello there, Divas! #malaikasmondaymotivation One of my biggest fitness rules is, holiday or no holiday, workout shouldn’t stop. Find some time to squeeze some sort of workout in your schedule. 
On that note, here’s #malaikasmoveoftheweek to get you started for an awesome week. Don’t forget to tag @thedivayoga and #malaikasmoveoftheweek . This week’s pose is is Modified Reclined Pigeon Pose
 1. To begin, come onto your back with your knees bent and your thighs parallel and hip-distance apart. 2. Cross your left ankle over your right thigh, making sure that your anklebone clears your thigh. Actively flex your front foot by pulling your toes back. 3. Pull your right knee in toward your chest, thread your left arm through the triangle between your legs and clasp your hands around the back of your right leg. 4. If it feels good for you, straighten the right leg and bring your head up towards the left shin. Keep pulling your right leg in to feel a nice stretch across your left glutes as well as the right hamstring. 5. Switch legs and repeat on the other side Have a happy week Divas!

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4. Dhanurasana for a flat belly
Yes, it’s not a day’s work to flatten your belly. A lot of sweat and effort is required. So even though pulling off a dhanurasana might look like a cakewalk, it is not. But once you perfect it then no one can stop you from getting a well toned belly.

 

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Hey there, Divas! Time to conquer the #malaikasmoveoftheweek #malaikasmondaymotivation You know what to do – – Click a picture doing the pose – Upload and tag @thedivayoga and #malaikasmoveoftheweek Here’s my #MoveOfTheWeek for you – Dhanurasana – Lie on your belly with your hands beside your torso, palms facing downwards – Exhale, bend your knees, bringing them as close as possible to your buttocks – Reach back with your hands and hold your ankles – Keep your knees hip width apart and exhale to go deeper into the pose – Breathe regularly, draw your shoulder away from your ears and gaze forward Let’s see those pictures rolling in 😀 #divayoga #divalife #yogainspiration #yogalife #yogagirl

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5. Pincha mayurasana for everything
Well, this pose is an antidote for all your worries. From stress, back pain, and flexibility to helping you calm down and maintain focus – this one pose can help you achieve them all. But it’s not that easy to ace this one, so please follow the steps shared by Malaika to the T.

 

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Hello world, I’m starting a new way of spreading my #malaikasmondaymotivation with you. Every Monday, I’ll challenge you with a yoga pose that I do at @thedivayoga All you have to do is this: – get into the pose – upload a picture of you in that pose – tag @thedivayoga and me. – get a chance to be featured on our page. This week’s pose is Pincha Mayurasana, also known as a forearm stand. And here’s how to achieve the pose – From a downward dog, Slowly bend your elbows and place them on the floor for a dolphin – keep them directly under your shoulders. – Raise your hips up. – Lift up your right leg, and kick up the left leg off the floor – Your feet can touch the wall or remain in the air – Remain in this position for few seconds. – Keep your head away from the floor Now remember, practice makes you perfect. So don’t worry if you fall the first few times. All that matters is getting back up and trying again. Now let’s see those pictures rolling in. Also, if you are doing it for the first time, do take the right assistance for the same!

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6. And, then there is chakrasana
When it comes to a flat belly, this pose is the best! Chakrasana also helps open up your chest and improves the functionality of your lungs. Plus, it also helps in stimulating your nervous system and endocrine system, making you feel calmer. But if you have high BP or are pregnant, then please try to avoid this one.

Think doing these poses is a lot of hard work? Well, getting a hot bod is not a child’s play. Give it a shot and see how far you can pose. We’ll be waiting for comments!

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Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.