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Naukasana -- tone your abs with this yoga pose

Forget crunches and try this yoga asana to lose weight.

Written by Pavitra Sampath |Updated : March 10, 2015 5:16 PM IST

naukasanaAlso known as the boat pose this asana is a great way to tone your abs. it not only strengthens the back and abdominal muscles but also tones your legs and arms. So if you are looking for that complete body workout, this asana is for you.

Steps to do this pose:

  • Lie down flat on your yoga mat, with your feet together and your arms besides your body.
  • Now breathe in and as you exhale lift your chest off the floor. Simultaneously lift your feet off the ground (to a ten degree angle). Keep your arms straight and keep your fingers outstretched towards your toes.
  • Make sure your eyes, finger and toes are all in one line.
  • You will experience stain on the muscles within your belly as your muscles contract. Hold this pose for five to ten breaths.
  • To get out of this asana, exhale slowly and come back down to the starting position.

Tip: Avoid doing this asana if you have low blood pressure, severe headache, migraine, have a spinal injury, are pregnant or menstruating.

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