Yoga has a huge number of proven health benefits that make it well worth your time to try. Not only does it increase your flexibility, but it can also help improve your heart and blood vessels, your mental health, and your athletic endurance!

Perhaps best of all, yoga is also good exercise for burning stubborn fat, especially around your belly. Try these ten yoga poses guaranteed to help you bust that gut for good!

1. Plank Post (Kumbhakasana): The board pose provides a full body workout but especially helps work the back, thighs, and belly.

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Step 1: Start in a pose similar to a push-up, with your legs extended outward and your hands underneath your shoulders.
Step 2: Breathe in and look ahead of your hands, keeping your back and spine straight.
Step 3: Keep your hands flat and fingers spread as you tighten your abdominal muscles.
Step 4: Hold this position for 15-30 seconds and then release your knees first.
Step 5: Repeat the pose five times with 15-second breaks in between each one.

2. Wind Easing Posture (Pavanamukthasan): This pose is great for your lower back and helps strengthen your core, hips, and thighs!

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Step 1: Lie on your back with your legs stretched out and your hands at your sides.
Step 2: Breathe out while you bend your knees and move them closer toward your chest.
Step 3: Grab your knees and pull them in toward your body.
Step 4: Tighten your thighs, flex your abdominal muscles, and hold that position for 60-90 seconds, taking deep, deliberate breaths.
Step 5: Breathe out, release your knees, and rest your arms at your sides.
Step 6: Repeat the pose 5 times with a 15 second break in between each.

3. Pontoon Posture (Naukasana): This pose strengthens back and leg muscles, which reduces fat stored around the waist.

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Step 1: Lie on your back with your legs outstretched and your arms at your sides.
Step 2: Inhale while you lift your legs up (keeping them straight) and stretch your feet and toes.
Step 3: Reach your arms toward your extended legs to form a 45 degree angle with your body.
Step 4: Breath normally while holding the pose for 15 seconds and then release.
Step 5: Repeat the pose five times, resting in between each.

4. Bow Posture (Dhanurasana): The bow posture is a full-body stretch that’s wonderful for strengthening your core and abs!

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Step 1: Lie on your stomach with your legs stretched out and your arms at your sides.
Step 2: Bend your knees upward while reaching your arms back to hold your feet or ankles.
Step 3: Breathe normally while holding the position for 15-30 seconds.
Step 4: Exhale, return to the lying position, and rest for 15 seconds.
Step 5: Repeat five times with a rest between each.

5. Cobra Posture (Bhujang asana): This position strengthens the spine and upper body (but it isn’t recommended for women who are pregnant or people suffering from a hernia.)

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Step 1: Lie on your stomach with your legs outstretched and arms at your sides.
Step 2: Stretch your legs away from your body and pull your arms under your shoulders.
Step 3: Touch your chin and toes to the mat.
Step 4: Breath in deeply and pull your chest upward.
Step 5: Hold the pose for 15-30 seconds, exhale, and rest for 15 seconds.
Step 6: Repeat five times, resting between each.

6. Boat Posture (Naukasana): This position is a great workout for your belly, back, arms, and legs!

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Step 1: Lie on your back with your legs stretched out and arms at your sides.
Step 2: Breathe in deeply, lifting your chest upwards and your legs off the mat.
Step 3: Stare straight ahead to ensure proper alignment, and hold the pose while inhaling and exhaling ten times.
Step 4: Release and then repeat five times with 15 seconds of rest between each one.

7. Chair Posture (Uthkatasana): The chair position strengthens the spine, tightens the abs, and is great for hips and thighs. However, it should be avoided if you have back or knee injuries or suffer from chronic headaches.

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Step 1: Stand up straight with your hands in Namaste position to your front.
Step 2: Bend your knees like you would to sit in a chair.
Step 3: Raise your hands over your head.
Step 4: Bend your torso inward to go deeper into the position, breathing normally the entire time.
Step 5: Hold the position for as long as you can and then release.

8. Bridge Posture (Setubandhasana): The bridge pose is wonderful for relieving stiff muscles, lowering blood pressure, and giving the hips and spine a great workout!

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Step 1: Lie on your back with your legs outstretched and arms at your sides.
Step 2: Exhale as you push off the floor with your feet.
Step 3: Raise your body so that your butt and back are off the floor but your neck remains down.
Step 4: Press your hands on the ground for support.
Step 5: Hold the position for as long as you can and then release.

9. Warrior 1 (Veerbhadrasana 1): The warrior position provides a calming effect and strengthens your core, thighs, and butt —all while burning belly fat!

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Step 1: Stand straight with your feet together and arms at your sides.
Step 2: Extend your right leg forward and left leg backward as if you were lunging.
Step 3: Slightly turn your midsection so that you’re facing your bent right knee, while at the same time slightly turning your left knee.
Step 4: Exhale and raise your body by unbending your knees.
Step 5: Stretch your arms upward and slightly bend your back to form an arch.
Step 6: Hold the position for 15-30 seconds while breathing normally.
Step 7: Slowly release the pose by exhaling, straightening your legs, and coming back to a standing position.
Step 8: Repeat on the other side with your left leg forward.

10. Warrior 2 (Veerbhadrasana 2): This posture is similar to — and works well in conjunction with — the previous pose!

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Step 1: Follow the same steps as above, but rather than raising your hands over your head, extend them outward from your torso.
Step 2: Turn your head so that you face your right leg, and hold the pose as long as you can.
Step 3: Repeat for the left leg.

The great thing about yoga is that you can do it right in your own home without joining a gym. There’s no reason not to give it a shot!

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