Who doesn’t want a perfect body with the perfect measurements? Nowadays, people are obsessing over their bodies and trying many techniques to achieve a body of their dreams. Exercising is the best way to work on your body but it’s not the only way. Yoga is an effective way to lose weight as well as gain weight! It is also great for relaxation and provides you inner peace. It is practiced in different types of poses for different purposes.
If you are not happy with your waist, because it is too big or small, then here are a few yoga poses you can practice to achieve the waist you desire;
1. Triangle pose (Trikonasana)
Are you having trouble fitting in your old favorite pair of jeans? Is your waist too big for them to fit? If yes, then this yoga pose will help you shrink your waist.
Stand with your legs apart (remember not to spread them so much that you feel uncomfortable), have your left foot in the same direction as your face and your right foot slightly inwards, inhale deeply. As you bend to your right side, while reaching down to your right foot, exhale slowly without disturbing the position of your feet. Now lift your left arm in the air and you right arm towards the floor. Stay in the same position for 2 minutes, then repeat the same procedure with your other side.
This pose will stretch your legs, back, hips, and arms. This stimulates blood flow throughout your body and calms your mind. This will help in shrinking your waist.
2. Easy seated twist pose (Parivritta Sukhasana)
Here is another yoga pose that will help you lose a few inches off of your waist. It is simple and easy to do.
Sit on the floor with your left leg folded and right leg just how it is shown in the picture. You can do this with both legs folded as well. Sit with your back completely straight and breathe normally. After you have settled, take your right hand, place it on the floor towards the right side along with your upper body and head and exhale. Move your left hand a little towards the right side as well. You can close your eyes and inhale, exhale slowly. Stay in this position for as long as you can, then go back to the normal position and repeat the process with your left side.
This pose stretches your arms, legs, knees, ankles and hips. This also increases flexibility throughout your chest, spine and shoulders.
3. Reverse Warrior Pose (Virabhadrasana)
This is the easiest pose to do and helps in cutting off some pounds from your waist. It is also being heard now that non-invasive treatments like coolsculping help reduce fat, but make sure to do your research to see whether or not it is worth all the hype. If you are working on achieving an hourglass figure through yoga for now, then you should start off slow with this pose:
Stand with your legs apart. Your right foot should be at 90 degrees and left foot in by 15 degrees. Stick both of your arms out on your sides and bend your right knee. Slowly inhale and exhale as you move back and forth, bringing your knee outwards. Switch to your left side when you are done with your right side.
This pose strengthens your waist, hips and legs. It makes your spine, ankles and chest flexible.
4. Bow Pose (Dhanurasana)
When you want to tone your body, you spend days and nights working on it. To see results faster, you need to stick to your workout and make it a habit.
For this pose, lay down on your stomach, with your arms on your sides and legs apart. Bend your knees and hold your ankles with your hands backwards. As you breathe in, lift your head and chest up off the ground. Remember to take long breaths and breathe in and out. Stay in this position for as long as you can. When you start to feel tired, slowly go back in your normal position, rest for a while and go back to this pose once you feel relaxed.
This pose helps in obesity. It strengthens your chest, ankles and thighs. This also improves your organs such as the liver, pancreas, etc.
5. Boat Pose (Navasana)
If you want to work on your waist and shrink it, then this is a good pose you can do. It mostly involves sitting and stretching. Pressure is applied on your waist, helping it burn fat.
For this pose, you need to sit with your legs in front of you. Now bend your legs and lift them up, with your arms stretched out straight, aligning your legs. Make sure your back is straight and slowly lean back. Stay in this position for as long as you can. Once you get tired, relax by going in the starting position. Continue this same pose after a while.
There are many benefits of this pose. It strengthens your abdominal muscles and tones them. It is good for your organs. It improves your digestion. If you want to pair your workouts with something more (while keeping it non-invasive still) to quicken your journey, you can try shapewear like waist shaper corsets or sauna belts, but remember, do not start using anything before properly getting educated on it.
Always remember that if you want to achieve something, you should not give up. It’s important to make these poses a habit and do them several times a day. Having a good body is an obsession these days and people are going to the extreme to achieve it. You need to breathe as much as you can while doing these poses since, that’s what yoga mainly involves. It is a bit painful when you start, but as once you get used to it, you will be fine. You will not see results right away, it will take time, but if you do this regularly, you will get your desired body in no time!