Abdominal Yoga

(September 3, 2010)

How can I reduce my belly within weeks? I have undergone c-section operation 7 months back?

Have you often wondered how tinsel town celebrities give birth and jump right back into the limelight? Their post pregnancy weight loss seems almost magical. Many of us, however, struggle to lose the extra flab. With a newborn to take care of, going to the gym is almost impossible. However, if you can sneak a few minutes into your day for specific abdominal yoga poses, you could get rid of the belly and get back into shape in no time.

Before you start your abdominal yoga workout, remember to seek medical advice from your physician. Giving birth is an exhausting process. While you may want to get back in shape as quickly as possible, you also want to rest your body. Practice the abdominal exercises in Yoga, under a qualified Yoga instructor and inform them about your condition.

If you have had a normal vaginal delivery, you may get back to your exercise routine after your six-week check-up. For women who have given birth via c-section, you may want to wait for about six to eight weeks before you start an exercise routine. Follow this strictly since you want to give your body time to heal from both the delivery and the aftermath of surgery. Abdominal Yoga can compromise your body if it has not healed cleanly. Do not push yourself and consult your doctor if you feel any pain or discomfort while performing abdominal yoga poses.
Women often face disconnect in their upper body after pregnancy. The torso region is stretched to accommodate a new life for nine months. To reverse the effects of an elongated and stretched abdomen, simply follow these abdominal yoga stances.
•Step 1: Start your abdominal yoga workout by lying down on your yoga mat and practicing breathing exercises. Be aware of the gentle ebb and flow of breath as you focus on your abdominal yoga breathing. Inhale and exhale deeply contracting your abdominal muscles to push out the air and expanding your lungs to fill it with a fresh breath.

•Step 2: While practicing abdominal yoga focus on the core. Stances like the Downward facing Dog pose, Triangle pose done sideways, legs up the wall pose, Cobra pose and Boat pose are all abdominal yoga stances that can be practiced safely by women in post partum recovery. Ease slowly into these postures and do not overextend yourself while performing these abdominal yoga poses. Use yoga blocks, ropes or cushions to support yourself. You can modify many of these abdominal yoga exercises like the Downward Facing dog by using a wall for support.  
•Step 3: Just as you start your exercises in abdominal yoga with breathing, ensure that you end your session by relaxing your abdominal muscles. Stay in the Corpse pose for a few minutes and take the time to relax yourself.
Give your body adequate amount of exercise and relaxation and enjoy this time to bond with your baby.  

Submitted by A on September 3, 2010 at 01:13

There are a number of simple yogasanas to tighten the abdomen. The knowledge and practice of the correct breathing technique is vital to the practice of these yogasanas. Two important yogasanas that can be done are the Talasana also known and as the Palm-tree Posture and the Uttana Padasana. The Palm tree posture is one of the most fundamental poses in yoga. As the name suggests the Palm tree posture looks like a tall tree and is perfect for shaping the figure through its movements and through proper breathing. This pose is also important as it promotes full body stretching from the feet, limbs, internal muscles especially of the abdomen, the spinal cord, the shoulders, and neck.

Other important and useful yogasanas that make the stomach muscles taut are the forward and backward poses. Regular practice of these poses help in exercising the stomach muscles. To forward bending poses must be followed by the backward bends to get effective results. Deep breathing technique or Pranayama is also highly recommended during the yoga session. The Triangle pose or the Trikonasan is also known as an important yoga pose as a complete exercise for the body toning the arms and legs and stomach. This particular yogasana relieves constipation and improves digestion.

The Wind releasing posture or Pawanmuktasana is also beneficial in removing accumulated gas in the stomach thus relieving the bloated feeling and the problem of constipation. The wind releasing posture is important in massaging the abdomen and toning the back, waist and the buttocks. On the other hand the Bow pose or Dhanurasana should also be done along with the wind releasing posture as this posture helps in dealing with gastrointestinal disorders and the problem of obesity. The Bow pose is ideal for toning the spinal column, the arms and the legs and also the entire body. All these yogasanas are perfect blend of stretching and exercise which helps to lose in stiff masses and joints and also exercises the internal organs in the body. Incorporate these yogasanas in your daily fitness program and you will be able to see the results gradually. These positions and stretching exercises must be done under a light rug; ensure that the correct breathing technique is followed when performing these yogasanas.

In addition to bringing about the desired results, the series of poses and postures in yoga coupled with deep breathing exercises can greatly help to increase strength and pliability and maintain a proper balance between the body and mind while creating mental and physical relaxation for the body.

Submitted by C D on July 25, 2008 at 05:00

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