Get a Flat Stomach like Malaika Arora with these 5 Yoga Moves

Follow the actor's yoga routine to get sculpted abs at home

Chirag Mohanty Samal
Actor and fitness entrepreneur Malaika Arora has one of the best bodies in tinsel town. Her sculpted abs have been on many a woman's wish list. Well, you can get those abs with regular yoga practice. Malaika, a co-founder of SARVA and Diva Yoga, hugely relies on yoga to keep her body toned and in shape. Jahnavi Patwardhan, master trainer, SARVA and Diva Yoga, says, “For anyone following any fitness regime, a strong core is the base. Your core is the centre of your body, the part that aligns the rest of your body. Hence, without a strong core, your body is not entirely ‘fit’. Yoga is known to be one of the best workout forms to strengthen, tighten and tone your core or abs. Here are some of Malaika’s favourite yoga poses for stronger, tighter and sculpted abs.” So read on and get started.
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    Quite literally, Trikonasana means ‘Triangle’ and also looks like one. Regular practice of Trikonasana goes a long way in improving your overall posture and spine health. How to do this pose: Stand straight with your feet comfortably apart. Turn your right foot to face outside, with the heel inwards. Both heels should be in a straight line. Inhale, and bend your body from your hip to the right, with your left arm raised straight up. You can rest your right hand on your ankle, shin, or if comfortable, on the mat. Your head can be in line with your torso if you are comfortable, you can gaze up at your left palm. With every exhale, relax your body a little more. Benefits: Stretches your back, chest, legs, ankles and knees. Helps reduce anxiety, back pain and stress. Aids digestion.

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    Also called the Boat pose because of the shape your body forms, Navasana is one of the most effective poses to strengthen your core and give it a good burn. How to do this pose: Sit with your knees bent. Keep the core tight as you lean back while taking the feet up slowly. Keep the core tight, gaze up. If you cannot straighten your knees easily, you may also use a belt/towel for additional support. Benefits: Great to build and strengthen your core muscles. Also tones your arms and legs.

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    Parsvottanasana is an Intense Side Stretch Pose which stretches out your back, core and leg muscles. How to do the pose: Stand straight in mountain pose. Keep both feet apart, with a comfortable distance between them. Turn your right foot to face outside and left food to face the right. Place your hands behind your back, palms joined. Keeping your hips square, bend your torso over your right leg, lengthening your spine. Relax with every breath, do not arch your back. Benefits: Stretches out your hips, hamstrings, and thighs. Tightens your core. Relaxes your mind. The word ‘abs’ have multiple usages in different workout forms, but it's absolutely essential that you strengthen your core before you ‘sculpt’ it.

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    Parivrtta Parsvakonasana
    Also known as the Revolved Side Angle Pose, this pose is great to stretch and strengthen your hips and core How to do this pose: Stand in tadasana. Exhale and stand with your feet apart. Turn your right foot to face outside, turning the right heel inwards. Exhale and bend your right knee and lean your torso forward over the right leg. With your left hand, touch the ground, raising your right hand straight upwards. Look upwards at your left palm. Benefits Strengthens and stretches the leg muscles. Good for back pain. Opens the chest and twists the core, strengthening it.

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    Parivrtta utkatasana
    A standing yoga pose that is adapted from the classic Chair Pose or Utkatasana. This pose includes a twist at the core to draw focus on the ab muscles to strengthen, tone and sculpt them. How to do this pose: Stand straight in Tadasana. Bend your knees, taking it parallel to the ground and inhale to lift your arms straight up, sitting your hips down as if on a chair. Inhale, join your palms together. Exhale rotate your torso to the right side, bringing your left elbow to the outside of the right thigh. Keep your head in line with your torso. Benefits: Excellent pose to tone your thighs, core and calves. Reduces flat feet. Stretches your core, hips and shoulders.

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