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Ensure to breathe throughout the process, move from one pose to another in controlled motions, and to push yourself to do more reps when you feel your body getting accustomed to the asanas.

Vasisthasana, Or Side Plank

Step 1: Get on all fours, hand and knees. Walk your legs up and lift your knees on the ground so you are in plank position (elbows locked, beginner plank positioning).
Step 2: Now only take your left hand off the floor and extend up towards the sky (make sure the right hand stays put as is).
Step 3: Simultaneously, slowly turn your body so the left side of your waist faces the ceiling, abs contracted.
Step 4: Your right foot’s little toe should rest on the mat, slide the left foot right beside the right foot, touching. Bring the left top on top of the right foot if you want to make this extra challenging.
Step 5: Hold for five long breaths and repeat on the other side.
Optional Variation: In the case of weak wrists, perform this posture resting on your forearm.

Setu Bandhasana, Or Bridge Pose

Step 1: Lie down on your back, bend your knees and grab your ankles, bringing your ankles to the edges of your glutes.
Step 2: Next, bring your arms under your back and interlock your fingers. Lift your chest and stomach up toward the ceiling.
Step 3: Keep your chin to your chest and gaze at the tip of your nose. Make sure your feet are flat on the ground and glutes are contracted throughout the posture.
Step 4: Hold for five breaths and release; rest, roll side to side to ease up the spine and repeat.

Supta Matsyendrasana, Or Supine Twist

Step 1: Lie down on your back, arms extended out to shoulder level. Bend your knees, bringing them up to your chest.
Step 2: Now, Bring your knees to your right without allowing your shoulders to lift up off the floor—they must be planted.
Step 3: Turn your gaze to your left, looking over your left shoulder. Hold for eight to 10 long breaths. Bring your knees back to your chest and without resting repeat on the other side.

With these yoga asanas, you will quickly notice a change in the tone and definition around your abs and lower waist. They aim to shape and contour, not add bulk and muscle, so do them if that’s the result you are looking for.

PS: Here’s your one-stop guide to Yoga Asanas For Weight Loss.
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Nisha Gulati is a fitness expert and model originally hailing from New Jersey, USA. She is a certified Bikram Hot Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Instructor, health and fitness columnist for Hyderabad’s widely read B Positive Magazine, a trained Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Bhangra, and giddha dancer. She also has trained in Kalaripayattu a martial arts form in Kerala. Yoga has been a source of great discipline, inspiration and positivity for Nisha who has been teaching at studios in Mumbai India, Phuket Thailand, Marina Dubai and Vancouver Canada.