Yoga and Your Love Handles

March 28, 2011

Although there may not be a quick fix for yogis who are concerned with toning their side waist muscles, or “love handles,” there are clear advantages to working this part of the body.

The side waist muscles (also called the flank muscles), along with the front abdominal, lower back, and buttock muscles, are crucial in supporting and stabilizing the lower back and pelvis.

This can be achieved through the practice of Trikonasana (Triangle Pose). If done correctly in Iyengar style, the line of the torso from the side waist to the armpit should be flat, not rounded up toward the ceiling, and it is the contraction of the flank muscles that keeps it flat.

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