If you have never tried it before, you may be unaware that you are able to tone your abs with yoga. When the right yoga poses are chosen and performed properly, you can not only tone your abs, but also greatly increase their strength.
Cobra is one of the best yoga poses to tone your abs. To perform the exercise, start by laying down on your yoga mat on your belly. Place your hands flat on the floor near your shoulders, making sure that your fingers are facing forward and are evenly spaced. Take a deep breath, and as you exhale your breath, push your torso and upper body off the ground. You should now have only your pelvis and lower body still on the ground. Straighten your arms as much as possible, and lift your torso as high as possible so that your head is pointing towards the sky. Hold this pose for at least 30 seconds before relaxing back down to the ground. Take a short break, and perform another repetition of the yoga pose.
Wheel is another great yoga poses that can definitely help you to tone your abs. In this exercise, start by laying on your back on the yoga mat. Bend you knees, allowing your feet to rest comfortably on the ground. Lift your arms off the ground, bend your elbows, and position your hands by your head with your fingers pointing away from your body. Take several deep breaths. As you exhale your breath, use the muscles in your upper body and abs to push your entire torso off the ground. Only your hands and feet should now be in contact with the ground, and you should be doing a static back bend. Hold this pose for at least 30 seconds, using the muscles of your abs to hold your body firmly in this position. Carefully release your body back down to the ground, and take a short break. Do another repetition of the yoga pose.
Finally, the side airplane can help to strengthen and tone the abdominal and oblique muscles. Start by kneeling on your yoga mat. Carefully place your right hand on the ground out to the side, so you are now bend at the waist, leaning to the right. Extend your left leg out of the side, with your right knee still under your hips. Take a few deep breaths, and as you exhale your breath, extend your right leg out to meet the left. You should now have three contact points with the ground (both feet and your right hand), and should be in a straight diagonal line from your feet to your head. Carefully extend your left arm to the sky. Look up to your left hand, or straight out in front of your body. Hold the pose for at least 30 seconds before switching to the other side of your body.