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Say Goodbye To Your Belly Fat By Doing These 6 Effective Yoga Poses

Say Goodbye To Your Belly Fat By Doing These 6 Effective Yoga Poses

Belly fat is literally the toughest kind of fat to lose. People try every diet craze that hits the market; they exhaust themselves with strenuous exercise and workouts. But still that persistent belly fat lingers. And most do not even consider Yoga as a means to reduce belly fat, because somehow Yoga is just for those “inner peace” relaxation folks.

You would probably be surprised to learn, then, that football training now includes many Yoga positions and poses, because they tone muscles and increase flexibility, reducing the risk of serious injuries. But you don’t want to play football – you want to get rid of that belly fat. So – here are 6 Yoga poses that will do just that.

1. Mill Churning Pose

This pose actually imitates a churning work activity in India, and the motion you will be performing will look a bit like you are churning, except that you are seated on your mat and only your upper body will be moving.

Explanation of Steps:

  1. Sit on your mat as shown in photo #1
  2. Be certain that you fingers are clasped.
  3. Rotate your arms in a circular motion, starting clockwise
  4. Breathe out as you move forward and to the right; breath in as you move backward and to the left
  5. Do not raise your legs or feet – all of the motion is only in your upper body.
  6. After 10 clockwise rotations, do another 10 in counter-clockwise motion.
  7. You will really feel the pull on your stomach as you do these rotations, and isn’t this better than those pesky sit-ups and rowing machines at the gym?
  8. Other Benefits: All Yoga positions and poses have multiple benefits to both muscles and joints, but to internal organs as well. The mild churning pose has toning benefits back and thigh muscles too. Internally, it assists feminine uterine muscles and menstrual regulation. For everyone, it enhances digestive health.

2. Bow Pose (aka Rocking Bow Pose)

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This pose may take a bit of practice if you have not developed good flexibility, so work first on just getting the pose, then work on holding it for longer and longer durations and, finally rocking with it.

As you can see, this pose is achieved as follows:

  1. Lie flat on your stomach
  2. Bend your knees, bring your feet up toward your buttocks (exhale during this movement)
  3. Grab your feet with your hands
  4. Inhale as you lift up your head and chest, pulling on your feet, so that your thighs come up off the mat.
  5. Hold this raised position for 20 seconds (you may have to work up to this)
  6. Instead of holding it, try rocking back and forth on your abdomen
  7. Exhale as you return to your original position, and rest.
  8. For maximum benefit, do this 8-10 times
  9. You will feel a strong pull on your stomach, and the rocking will serve to loosen fat cells as well.

Other Benefits

  • This pose strengthens and tones our thighs, groin, back and chest muscles
  • It works to improve intestinal problems and liver function
  • After your 8-10 bow poses, you will be amazed at how the stress has just disappeared.

3. Boat Pose

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    This is one of the very best poses for winning the belly fat battle! This gif above shows the boat pose that will be held once you get there. Here is how you get there:

    1. Sit on the mat with your knees bent and your feet flat on the mat
    2. Place your hands palms down on the side of your hips
    3. Inhale, press on your palms and pull yourself back slowly, keeping your hips on the mat
    4. Lift your feet off the mat and straighten out your legs
    5. Extend your arms out in front of you on either side of your leg
    6. Try to bring your legs up as high as possible, putting your body in a “V” position
    7. Hold this position as long as possible, taking deep breaths as you do
    8. Exhale as you bend your knees and bring your feet back onto the mat.
    9. Hug your knees and lower your head to the top of your knees. Breathe deeply.

    Benefits

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    • This pose improves the function of several organs – thyroid, lungs, liver, pancreas
    • It also improves circulation and helps to lover blood sugar levels

    4.  Cobra Pose

    The Cobra pose is a part of a sequence of poses, known as the sun salutations. This series is usually begun at the beginning of a Yoga session, to open up the body. The Cobra position is that part of the sequence which works specifically on the abdomen and spine, as you can see from the position. During this pose you will really feel your stomach being stretched.

    Explanation of Steps

    1. The pose begins by lying flat on our stomach on the mat.
    2. Put your hands, palms down, under your shoulders
    3. Keep your legs stretched out and span out your toes if you are able, placing all of those toes on the mat.
    4. As you inhale, gradually push your chest and shoulders off the mat, keeping your elbows close to your body.
    5. Stretch up as high as you are able and hold the pose for 15-30 seconds
    6. Exhale and slowly return to the flat prone position
    7. Try to repeat this at least 5 times with a 10-15 second rest in between.
    8. As you get better, you will be able to stretch higher and higher and the higher you go the more you are pulling on those stomach muscles

    Benefits

    • In addition to working to reduce belly fat, this pose is great for the following:
    • It strengthens you back muscles and increases flexibility in your spine
    • It improves blood circulation, relieving fatigue and stress
    • It helps to improve breathing and digestion

    5. Wind Relieving Pose

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      As the name suggests, this pose has as one of it purposes, the reliving of gas that may be trapped in your intestine. However, because of the movements involved in this pose, it is also recognized as a great method of working those stomach muscles and breaking up and reducing that fat.

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      Explanation of Steps

      1. Lie flat on your back on you mat
      2. This one is easy. Exhale.
      3. Slowly bend your right knee up toward your chest beginning to inhale
      4. As your knee comes up grasp it with both hands and pull your head and chest up toward your knee. Hold it. Let your leg slowly return to the mat as you exhale
      5. Repeat the same procedure with your left knee.
      6. Then repeat the exercise with both knees together.
      7. You have finished one round. Try to doe 3-4 rounds at a time.

      Benefits

      In addition to strengthening and toning those stomach muscles and helping to relieve trapped gas, there are a few other things this pose does:

      • It helps to strengthen your hips and thighs
      • It reduces levels of acid in the stomach and provides relief for constipation
      • It can help relieve loser back pain.

      6. Standing Forward Bend

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        You are probably thinking that this looks like it would really hurt. Actually, once you have achieved some flexibility, it a relatively easy pose. The other key to achieving this pose is to really relax as you are bending down and go slowly. You will be surprised how much more you can stretch when you do this.

        Explanation of Steps

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        1. You want to stand straight with your arms at your side.
        2. Raise your arms up straight above your head. Inhale deeply as you do this.
        3. When you inhale is complete, you are ready to exhale as you bend from the hip.
        4. Keep your back straight as you bend. Slowly bend down as far as you are able to go.
        5. If you are able, place your palms on the floor. If not, don’t worry. Eventually you will.
        6. If you can put your palms on the floor, try to turn your hands over and place your fingers under your toes.
        7. Until you reach the point of being able to get those hands all the way down, just grab the backs of your legs with your hands, hopefully as far down as the ankles.
        8. Now you are ready to tuck your head in as close to your legs as possible.
        9. Hold the pose as long as you can – maybe a minute at first – and breathe deeply.
        10. To return to your standing position, you want to remember one word – slowly. Try to think of “rolling” up rather than jerking quickly.
        11. The slow return to a standing position is what is going to pull on that stomach, and that’s what you want.
        12. Try to do 5-10 of these in a session, but give yourself a break between each one.

        Benefits

        This pose benefits that protruding belly in two ways. First, when you are in the full pose, your stomach is compressed, and that compression burns belly fat. As you come back up slowly, you are toning and pulling on those muscles. Here are the other good things that happen:

        • All of the muscles on the back of your body are stretched
        • Obviously, you have increased the blood supply to your brain
        • It really helps fatigue and insomnia

        A Word of Caution

        Do not engage in these poses if you have heart disease, high blood pressure, hip, back or joint pain, or if you have recently had abdominal, lung, brain or spine surgery. And many of them are not good for 2nd and 3rd trimester pregnancies. If you have any of these conditions, check with your doctor and show him/her the photos and videos in this post to see if you can safely adopt this program of exercise.

        Featured photo credit: raganmd via flickr.com

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        8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

        8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

        In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

        Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

        Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

        Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

        Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

        The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

        There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

        How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

        According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

        Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

        Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

        The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

        Listen carefully:

        We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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        The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

        Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

        8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

        There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

        Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

        1. Pray Daily

        You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

        When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

        Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

        Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

        2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

        A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

        By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

        Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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        If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

        This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

        How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

        3. Smile Often

        Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

        Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

        Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

        The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

        4. Organize Your Working Desk

        A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

        When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

        Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

        Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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        5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

        I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

        Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

        What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

        6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

        God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

        I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

        I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

        7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

        You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

        How do you do that? This is my formula:

        First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

        If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

        If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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        If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

        Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

        8. Go Exercise

        Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

        The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

        You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

        12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

        The Bottom Line

        It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

        It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

        Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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