If you want to tone up that cute side bulge, here’s help. Apart from helping you burn calories, yoga can also help you get rid of love handles.
Surely, chubby is cute and being body-positive in life is even cuter. But if you’ve reached a point in life, where your love handles no longer seem cute or lovely to you, here’s presenting a grand opportunity for you to lose the excessive, accumulated fat on the either sides of your curvaceous waist.
No fad diets, no heavy gymming, no health side effects. Just some effort, consistency, patience, and well—a host of other health benefits. We’re talking about taking the ‘yogic’ route to solve this problem.
Check out the best yoga asanas recommended by renowned celebrity spiritual coach and yoga trainer, Grand Master Akshar to tone up the extra flab on the sides of your waist and get the kamariya of your dreams:
1. Utkatasana or chair pose
This is a great practice to tone the hips and thigh muscles and can help burn away the extra fat.
Begin by standing at the beginning of your mat, raise your arms up with your fingertips reaching for the sky, and gently bend your knees such that your thighs are parallel to your mat.
Ensure that your knees do not extend further than your toe level and your pelvis doesn’t go below your knee level.
Your calves and thighs must be at right angles to each other at this point.
Keep your back straight and face forward and hold this asana for 30 seconds.
A perfect asana for your hips and thigh muscles. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
2. Santulanasana or balancing pose
Lie down straight on your stomach and place your toes on the mat with your heels pointing up.
Bend your arms at the elbow and place your palms beside your chest.
Lift your chest, pelvis, thighs and knees off the mat and your arms forward such that your elbows are straight.
Your shoulder must hover above your wrist and not cross over it. Ensure that your back is straight and that you’re looking straight and forward.
Hold and repeat the exercise for a stronger core and reduced side flabs.
3. Chaturanga dandasana or four-limbed staff pose
Again, lie flat on your stomach with your toes touching the mat and heels facing towards the ceiling.
Now, place your palms on the either sides of your chest and lift your body off the mat.
At this point, your elbows must be bent at a 90-degree angle and only your palms and toes should be in contact with the mat.
Hold for as long as you can and then slowly, lower down your body and lie down on the mat again.
Got the stamina to ace this yoga pose? Well, give it a try. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
4. Vrikshasana or tree pose
Stand at the beginning of your mat and lift your right leg off the floor, cupping your right foot in your palms.
Now, try to place your foot on your left inner thigh using your hands such that your heel is close to your pelvis and your toes point downwards.
Once you get the grip and balance, bring your palms together to fold your hands, assuming the ‘pranaam mudra’ in front of your chest.
While you’re at it, ensure that your back is straight and your balance is intact as you stand on one leg.
Hold and let this pose weave its magic on your sides and hip and get set to bid farewell to the extra side flab.
5. Naukasana or boat pose
Sit on your mat with your legs stretched out.
Lift your legs making a 30-degree angle with the floor while tilting your upper body backwards to balance your body using the strength of your pelvis and hips.
At the same time, raise your arms and keep them stretched out and parallel to your legs with your palms facing each other.
Make sure that your back is straight and your toes are pointing upward and hold this posture.
This yoga pose is a tricky one but worth the effort. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
6. Ardha chandrasan or half-moon pose
This posture helps in toning the hips and working the muscles around the pelvis, where that unwanted fat is stored.
Stand straight on your mat.
Gently, lift your left leg off and make it parallel to your mat.
Now, tilt your upper body towards your left, extend your right arm towards the ground and your left arm towards the ceiling.
Turn your neck to face your upper arm and hold this pose.
Bring your leg back down slowly and repeat with the other leg as well.
Yoga is not just good for your body but it’s great for your brain too
A yoga pose that will help you get rid of unwanted fat. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
7. Matsyendrasana or Lord of the fishes pose
This asana works wonders for the abdominal and hip muscles. It also targets the fat around the hips and thighs.
Sit with your legs stretched out and bend your right leg at the knee, allowing your foot to cross your left leg to the other side.
Place your right foot to the left of your left knee.
Twist your upper body and bring your left elbow to the right of your right knee.
Place your right palm behind you for support.
Turn and look back for an added stretch.
This yoga pose targets the fat around your abdomen and hip muscles. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Also, keep this in mind…
Always ensure that your body is warmed up with sukshma vyayam or subtle exercises. You need the body to be heated up to burn calories and burning calories is the best way to lose any excess fat. Listen to your body and stay within its level of comfort. Over exerting the muscle with sudden movements or excessive stretching can do you more harm than good.
Practice the postures repeatedly and regularly and try to increase your duration of time for which you hold the postures.
Consume a healthy, nutritious diet and avoid fads or crash diets, which cannot be maintained over the long run.
Remember, health is more than a fad—it is a lifestyle.