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Yoga tends to be a workout that most do as a stress reliever or to increase flexibility. Practicing yoga is actually one of the best workouts you can do and it’s welcoming to those of all fitness levels. But don’t be deceived by its slow pace and the mellow music in the background. Every pose can helps tone different parts of your body—including those abs.

Toned abs are one of the most sought out physical qualities when people start getting into shape. However, there is more to a nice set of looking abs than meets the eye. A strong core is essential for everyday movements and helps stabilize your spine and pelvis. If you’re looking to improve your core and are tired of doing sit-ups and crunches, it’s time to go over to the “om” side and give the following yoga poses a shot. Namaste, ladies!