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 Yoga for reducing flab

Follow these simple yogasana thoroughly to stay fit and get a flab-free body. These techniques keeps the kidney, liver, digestive organs, etc, fit, says Dr Surakshit goswami


  • Try and incorporate natural food items in your diet.

  • Fast once a week. If you must eat have fruits or boiled veggies.

  • While walking, try and tuck your belly in and walk tall.


Lie on your stomach. Place your hands, palms facing down, under the shoulders. Raise your elbows a bit. While inhaling, raise your torso very slowly, head and chest arching backwards. Keep your eyes closed and focus your awareness on your back. Keep toes and heels joined. Hold the position as long as you can, breathing normally. Return to original position while exhaling and relax. Repeat 3 times.

Benefits: Strengthens and increases flexibility of neck and spine; useful for kidney, liver, ovary, uterus, stomach, lung, heart and thyroid functioning; counters backache

Caution: Avoid if you are suffering from hernia.

Agnisaar kriya

Stand erect, with your feet about a foot apart. Place your hands on your knees and loosen your belly. Exhale fully, hold your breath out and pull your stomach in as much as you can, such that it touches your back. Then loosen and release the stomach. Repeat this pumping action for as long as you can. Relax and inhale. This completes one round of the kriya. Do this kriya at least 2–3 times.

Benefits: Removes constipation, dyspepsia, obesity and gas; keeps the stomach light; benefits all the digestive organs

Caution: If you suffer from peptic ulcers, slip disc or intestinal swelling, avoid this kriya.

Bhastrika pranayam

Sit straight and eyes closed. Exhale to maximum capacity through both nostrils, then inhale with full force through both. Continue till you feel tired. Begin slowly, then increase your pace with practice. Maintain a rhythmic pattern of exhaling and inhaling. Repeat the entire process 2–3 times.

Benefits: Balances the body’s vata, pitta, kapha; counters constipation, obesity, asthma, low blood pressure, stress, insomnia

Caution: If you suffer from high B.P, heart problems or migraines, practice slowly and without excessive force.

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