Yoga has been an effective form of exercise for over 5,000 years. WebMD describes yoga as a full body workout that not only tones and tightens muscles, but relaxes and calms the mind. With over 100 forms that range from simple to complex, anybody can incorporate this exercise program into your daily routine. Let’s take a look at 10 easy yoga poses that help tackle abdominal fat.

1. Board (Kumbhakasana)
The board pose proves to be nearly a full body workout. This move focuses on the thighs, buttocks, shoulders, back, and the stubborn belly area.

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How to do it:
Step 1: Start in a pose similar to a push-up with your arms extended under your knees and hands positioned under your shoulders and arms.
Step 2: Breathe in as you gaze ahead of your hands. Take care to keep your back and spine straight.
Step 3: Keep your hands flat and your fingers spread as you pull in your abdominal muscles.
Step 4: Remain in this position for 15-30 seconds before releasing to your knees.
Step 5: Repeat this pose 5 times with a 15-second break in between.


2. Wind Easing Posture (Pavanamukthasan)
The wind easing posture is a great pose for soothing lower back pain, strengthening your core, hips, and thighs. It has even been used to promote healthy pH levels and increase metabolism.

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How to do it:
Step 1: Lie on your back with your legs stretched out with your heels touching each other and your arms at your side.
Step 2: Breathe out as you bend your knees as you move them toward your chest.
Step 3: Hold your knees as you pull them closer into your body
Step 4: Tighten your thighs and apply pressure to your abdominal muscles as you hold the position.
Step 5: Hold the position for 60-90 seconds as you breathe deliberately and deeply.
Step 6: Breathe out and release the knees as you allow your arms to rest on your side.
Step 7: Repeat 5 times with a 15-second break between each pose.


3. Pontoon Posture (Naukasana)
The pontoon pose focuses on the back and leg muscles which ultimately helps reduce stored fat in the waist.

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How to do it:
Step 1: Start in a lying position on your back with your legs stretched out and your arms down at your side.
Step 2: Inhale as you lift your legs up while stretching your toes and feet. Your legs should remain straight.
Step 3: Form a 45-degree angle with your body by reaching your arms toward your extended legs.
Step 4: Breath normally as you hold the post for 15 seconds.
Step 5: Release the pose and allow your body to rest for 15 seconds.
Step 6: Repeat the pose 5 times with a rest in between each one.