The love handle is that extended part of the skin/flesh that appears slightly thickened or flabby at the waist above both the hips. Love handles are known as muffin tops because they look like muffins. It can be quite annoying and it shows up prominently when you wear pants or skirts, or any other outfit. Getting rid of them can be quite a challenge, however, thankfully some poses of yoga for love handles will help you reduce your love handle fat and look fit and slim in your skirts and pants.
Typically, these fat muscles build up when you’ve made too many calories and can’t burn those calories. Over time, this fat gradually becomes visible, and by the time you pay attention to it, it becomes quite heavy.
Yoga for Love Hands – builds core strength, targets abdominal muscles, reduces unnecessary fat, improves posture, and can help relieve love handles.
Check out some of the simple Yoga Asanas that will help you burn that extra fat and handle that love handles:
Poses For Yoga For Love Handles
Muffin tops, love handles, side handles, tummy tires, extra side cushions – whatever the name, is one area that many people want to tighten up on. With effective posture and postures, it targets problem areas such as love handles, abdomen, back, legs, spine, weights, or arms.
Gate Pose – (Parighasana)
Stretches the side muscles and spine, reduces muffin top, tones hamstrings, opens up the abdominal organs.
Now take a deep breath and lift the left leg and keep it at a distance on the left side. Keep the knee of the right foot on the ground and raise the right hand. During this also the sole of your left foot should be on the ground and the paw should also be on the left side. Now while looking up, slowly bend to the left and bring the left hand near the left knee. You can maintain Gate Pose for about 30 seconds or as per your capacity.
Plank Pose– (Phalakasana)
It works your core muscles, so it reduces muffin tops and strengthens your abs, back, legs and arms.
Get down on your hands and knees. Keep your forearm straight on the mat, bending it at a 90-degree angle. Make a fist with the other hand. Extend one leg straight behind you. While doing this, pull your abs in and tighten. Reach the other leg and adjust so that your body forms a perfect straight plank. Hold it for 30 seconds to 2 minutes, breathing evenly. Do the same exercise on your hands (in a push-up position) instead of your elbows. When you get into position, make sure your arms are directly under your shoulders. If you find it very difficult to do Plank Pose in the beginning, then do it at a 45 degree angle on the kitchen counter.
Side Plank Pose (Vasisthasana )
Like the traditional plank, this is an important asana that specifically works your obliques.
Lie on your right side, on top of your mat. Keep your elbows directly under your shoulders. Extend your legs out so that your body is in a straight line at its sides. Keeping your body weight on your right leg and right shoulder, lift your hips up. If this seems too difficult, bend your left leg and place your shin on the ground, in front of your right knee, so that it can take some of the weight on itself. Raise your left arm straight up in the air, so that it is perpendicular to the ground. Maintain this Side Plank Pose for 15 to 60 seconds. Repeat at least twice on each side.
Boat Pose- (Navasana)
Ths pose strengthens the tummy, spine, and hip flexors and works your side muscles as well as your legs and torso.
Lie on your back with your legs facing forward and take your arms to the side. Breathe in and as you exhale, lift your chest and legs off the ground, extending your arms toward your feet. Your eyes, fingers and toes should be in a line. Feel the tension in your navel area as the abdominal muscles contract. Keep breathing deeply while maintaining the Boat Pose. As you exhale, slowly return to the ground and relax.
Locust Pose (Salabhasana)
This pose may be tricky for beginners, but works your side muscles as well as your legs and torso, strengthening and lower abs focus.
First of all lie down on your stomach. Place your palms under the thighs. Connect the ankles together. While inhaling, raise your legs as high as possible. Breathe in slowly and then exhale slowly and maintain this state. While exhaling, bring the feet down. Do Locust Pose 3 to 5 times.
Prasarita Padottanasana (Wide Legged Forward Bend)
Prasarita Padottanasana Strengthens arms, legs, and stomach, Improves torso, hips, and thighs, increasing body balance and getting rid of love handles.
First of all, stand straight on the yoga mat and open the legs for three to four feet. Now take a deep breath and slowly bend the back down and try to keep the head close to the ground. Then exhale and slowly lift the hips upwards. After this, hold the toes of both feet with your hands. Breathe normally in this posture for some time and then slowly release the posture after a minute or two.
Make sure you follow the yoga routine strictly, the more rigorously you practice yoga poses, the better results you will see. They help you to have a slim waist without the extra fat from here and there, reducing the love handles, stay energized and active all day long.
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