The benefits of yoga extend beyond a zen mind—the practice can also carve your core. Just ask Russell Case, a Sonima.com yoga expert and spokesperson for the Sonima Foundation. Here, he shares the best yoga poses for abs, so you can whittle your middle and—oh yeah, improve your yoga game.
Yoga Poses for Abs: Fish Pose
This graceful-looking pose opens and stretches the chest and abdomen, while strengthening the lower abs and hip flexors (which tend to be weak in women), Case says.
Master the move: Lie faceup on your mat. Pull your heart up toward the ceiling, keeping the top of your head touching the floor. Then lift your legs off the floor. (It’s OK if your legs shake.) Pull in your belly button and, keeping your abdominals contracted, take five deep inhalations and exhalations.