Many people come into yoga with a goal. If you’re looking to lose weight and take some extra off your stomach, then you’re in luck here. Fortunately, it just takes a bit of education, a solid routine, and the drive to hit the mat no matter what. Read on and we’ll talk about how to get the flat stomach you’ve been dreaming of.
Dispelling Some Myths
The truth is that “targeting” fat loss isn’t really possible. Where we store fat is a function of genetics and reducing that layer is a whole-body effort. You can’t, after all, just get a slim waist and remain the same everywhere else.
So why do real-world results suggest that it’s possible?
There’s more than meets the eye to your appearance. Just like the world of social media is filled with filters, there are improvements that aren’t reducing fat that will improve your appearance.
The cool part is that yoga is, by design, able to help with the majority of them and helps reduce fat all over your body. For those who really want to maintain a great waistline, there are a couple of key focus points you should add to your routine.
Targeting Your Core
Most people these days have relatively weak core muscles. This leads to belly fat appearing more drastic than it actually is since the natural tension level of the muscle is low.
That is to say, it’s not “toned.”
Yoga works the core extensively, particularly those muscles which hold your abdomen and lower back in place. Working on these muscles will tighten up your waist and keep abdominal fat from drooping.
Essentially, you need a lot of core work to help bring things back into place. Try to find active poses that also challenge your obliques in addition to the stabilizing muscles. Toning your core will help immensely with appearances.
It’s also one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself. Particularly if you’ve been working a desk job.
Work to Improve Posture As Well
Just changing the way you stand can drastically alter the appearance of your stomach to others. Even the skinniest people will develop a bit of a paunch if they’re consistently bent over.
That means the person looking into yoga for belly fat should also focus on standing poses which help with their posture. Mountain Pose, for instance, is pretty much just a test of your standing posture and can help you train yourself to stand tall.
Posture can be improved immediately, just by shuffling into a proper standing or sitting position, but the maintenance of habits is essential to long term change. Try to note when you’re not standing or sitting tall and consciously change it.
Posture is tied into core development as well: when one improves so will the other in most cases. In either case, they’ll help reduce the negative appearance of any fat on the abdomen.
Go for Hot Yoga
Hot Yoga, or Bikram Yoga, challenges your body’s systems and causes a lot of sweating. That’s great for overall weight loss: toning and standing properly will only change the appearance of your waist so much. And the truth is that regular Hatha Yoga doesn’t exactly burn a ton of calories.
Engaging in this more active form of yoga usually requires attending a class. The room will be heated and you’ll work through poses in a bit more extreme of an environment. It’s an invigorating experience and one that will help burn off fat.
It’s not the only thing you can do, but you need to burn off extra calories in order to shed fat. Hot yoga burns significantly more than standard, but any form of active yoga is better than none on this front.
Maintain Your Routine!
Of course, the most important part of all of this is maintaining a daily routine. You can’t expect to go to a month of classes and come out looking like a supermodel: you have to dig down and do what’s necessary each time.
Making a routine is the most important part of all of this. Without repetition, you’re just fooling around, not actively developing your body in the manner of your choosing. You don’t have to start out doing anything extreme, you’ll just have to do it regularly.
Once you have a routine that you no longer miss, even when you want to, begin expanding your practice. The more exercise the better in this case, as long as you’re not harming your health.
Keep it simple at first: use asana targeted for your goals and attend classes that are active enough to help you burn off more fat than slower-paced yoga.
The devil is in the details, but without the bigger picture of a routine, you’re just drifting along and not doing anything about that stubborn abdominal fat. Whether it’s morning, noon, or night, get in the habit as soon as possible!
Supplement From Outside Yoga
Burning belly fat off is a time-consuming process, and it can be sped along with some generally good guidelines.
Any kind of cardio will help a lot. Even the hardest yoga poses don’t do the same things to your body as running, biking, or swimming. All of these exercises will help you shed fat, while the change in posture and tone from yoga will become more apparent.
You should also look into your diet. A healthy, low-calorie diet that can be maintained in the long term is a key component of fat loss. Smoothies are great for getting in good nutrients. Without good ingredients, after all, it’s hard to create a good body.
Using Yoga for a Slimmer Waist
Yoga can help you maintain a slimmer waistline, as long as you know what you’re doing. You’ll achieve results even faster if you pay attention to other facets of your overall fitness. In the end, yoga is a great way to burn off your belly fat, and it can do much more.
You just have to start and you can do that at any time!