5 Yoga Poses For Flat Abs
If you’ve watched even a handful of yoga videos or gone to a few classes, you likely know that yoga requires a LOT of core strength. But the questions remains: “What are the BEST yoga poses for flat abs?”
It can help you get fabulous abs whether you’re in it just for the ab workout or whether your end goal is to be able to do some of the more advanced poses.
The best part about it is that you don’t have to do a single sit-up or crunch!
How refreshing, right?
It’s also great because it can be done anytime, anywhere. All you need is your body, a comfortable surface, and perhaps a yoga mat.
You’ll likely have seen some or all of these poses before if you’ve ever done a yoga workout.
My recommendation is to do these exercises on their own or also just hold them for an extra 30-60 seconds before moving on to the next pose.
Here are the 5 Yoga Poses for Flat Abs:
Your arms should be shoulder-width apart and directly below your shoulders.
Focus on tightening the core muscles while you’re in this position, and make sure your butt stays in line with the body and doesn’t drop down or raise up below your body line.
Hold for 30 seconds. Work towards holding this position for up to 2 minutes.
2. Boat Pose
The is one of the key yoga poses for flat abs, so don’t miss it…
Begin by sitting firmly on the mat with your legs out in front of you and your hands just slightly behind your hips.
Slowly raise your legs up to a 45 degree angle using your arms to help you balance.
Once you feel balanced and steady enough, slowly raise your arms to the outside of the knees. Bend your knees slightly if you are not yet flexible enough to fully straighten them.
Hold for 30 seconds. Work towards holding this position for a full minute.
3. Warrior III
Begin with your feet placed firmly on the mat and your arms reaching towards the sky. Slowly lean forward, keeping your arms raised and raising one leg at the same time.
This pose requires a lot of concentration, strength, and balance.
Rather than focusing on trying to keep your leg balanced and steady, focus more on your core and using the core to keep your body align and balanced. Draw strength from the core, not the legs.
4. Superman Pose
Lie face down on the mat with your arms out in front of you. Slowly lift your arms and legs up at the time, as high as you can comfortably reach and hold the position as long as possible.
Focus on using your core to hold the position rather than your arms and legs.
5. Revolved Chair Pose
Begin in chair pose, which is a slightly seated position with your legs together, your back slightly leaning forward, and your arms reaching straight outward in line with your head.
Slowly reach your right arm down to outside of the left foot, and reach your left arm straight upward.
Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat and hold for 30 seconds on the other side.
Remember that for this workout, you will hold each pose for 30 seconds before moving onto the next pose.
Complete all 5 yoga poses for flat abs, then repeat the workout 2 more times, making sure to switch up the sides of the body.
Feel free to stay in any of the stretches for longer than 30 seconds if it feels good on your body or you think you need it.