Congratulations, you have finally given birth! You now have that cute, healthy baby out of your tummy and into the world and for sure, you cannot be any happier! It’s as if nothing can ever burst your bubble now that you have that baby in your arms, right?
Well, do not be too sure! Because those happy feelings may change a bit or fade away once you take your first bath and you see how fat and saggy your tummy has become. Yes, we know. We are sorry to rain on your parade but don’t worry we will not leave you cold out there in the rain. In fact, we are actually here to help you with this dilemma. Here are some yoga poses that can help tone and flatten your belly:
1. Camel Hinge
One of the best exercises for flat tummy is yoga and this is one of the best yoga poses that can help build and strengthen not just your core but also you back and thighs.
To do this, kneel with knees hip-width apart. Straighten your arms in front of you with palms facing down. Press your pelvis forward and slowly lift your chest. Your back should be arch slightly. Hold the position for a few counts and go back to starting position. Perform this for 10 reps.
2. Upward Dog Stretch
This yoga pose can engage your abdominal, thigh, back and glut muscles.
To do this, lie face down. Place your hands, palms down, on the floor beside your ribs. Slowly push your hand against the floor, raising your chest as you do so. Straighten your arms but avoid locking your elbows. Continue to lift your body until your torso and upper legs are up. Raise your chest the farthest you can but keep your elbows close to your side. Hold your position then slowly go back to your starting pose.
3. Chair Pose
This may be a common yoga pose but this is one of the best exercises for flat tummy as it will require lots of core strength.
To do this, stand up then bring your legs close together. Drop your hips like you would do when you are about to sit on a chair. Do this as low as possible. Raise the arms the highest you can. Hold this pose for 45 seconds to a minute. Do this for 10 repetitions.
4. Sliding Table
For this yoga pose, you will have to use your abdominal muscles to lift your torso and shift the body back and forth so it can engage both your back and abdominal muscles.
To do this, sit with knees bent with feet hip-width apart and flat on the floor. Put hands behind your hips From that position, try to do a table top position by pressing down your arms to the floor. Contract your abs and push your hips back, extending your legs in the process. Your pelvis should be slightly behind the hips. Hold this position for one count. Slowly go back to table top position. Repeat steps for 10 more times.
5. Windshield Wiper
This yoga pose will challenge your core muscles, making them as toned and strong as ever. However, you should only do this pose when your stitches have been fully healed (if you have had a C-section) because it may put too much strain on your midsection if you will do it earlier than you should.
To do this, lie facing up with knees bent and feet firmly planted on the floor. Stretch out your arms to your sides. Twist both knees on the left side of your body until they reach the floor. Turn your head to the right. Inhale and exhale. Using your abdominal muscles, slowly pull your knees back to its original position. Repeat the steps, do it on your right side this time. Repeat a few times on both sides.
The best way to tone and flatten your belly is to improve and strengthen your core and that’s what these yoga poses can do for you! Just make sure that your body is already prepared and capable of performing such workouts. It would be best that you seek the approval of your doctor before trying out any of the poses mentioned above.
In the event that you have already gotten your doctor’s approval, try to perform these poses on a regular basis so you can reap the rewards of your hard work.