We all want a bikini-ready midsection, and let’s face it: A strong core requires effort. A great way to burn belly fat and score a sleeker stomach? Roll out your mat. Regularly practicing yoga can shift your ratio of muscle to fat, even when your overall weight stays the same, according to a 2013 University of Arizona review of yoga research.
Pretend you’re a ninja as you move through this sequence and you’ll get through it in no time—strong, calm, quiet, and slick! The goal here isn’t to see how many reps you can pump out in a short amount of time. Take the time to breathe and make your movements thoughtful and precise. Complete the sequence twice a week, and you’ll be rocking your two-piece in no time.
Simple Spinal Twist
Lie on your back and hug both of your knees to your chest. Open your arms wide, palms up, keep your knees bent and together, and drop your legs to your right side. Push your left shoulder down as you elongate your lower back and turn your head slightly to the left. Return to the center and repeat on the opposite side.
Tiny Little Package
Lie on your back and draw both knees to your chest. Grab your shins, pulling your legs tight to your chest, and draw your forehead or even nose toward your knees so that your head leaves the ground. Relax your shoulders.
Lower Belly Lifts
Lie flat on your back with your legs straight up in the air. Rest your arms at your sides, palms down, and relax your shoulders. Exhale as you lift your hips a few inches off the ground. Inhale as you lower back down.
Windshield Wiper Abs
Lie flat on your back with your legs straight up in the air. Rest your arms straight out to your sides on the ground so that your palms are facing down and are in line with your shoulders. Exhale and keep your legs straight and together as you lower your legs toward one side, reaching your feet toward your hand. Inhale to come back up to center, and then switch sides. Cross your ankles for extra support to keep your legs straight, focus on squeezing your upper, inner thighs together to activate adductors.
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