Accessible Core Strength

≤15 min. Core strength is often misunderstood as tough workouts for “6 pack abs”. Yoga teaches us that core strength is not only the front body muscles such as the abdominals, but also side and back muscles that all support the mid-thoracic spine. This short, accessible practice brings your awareness to the full cast of supporting muscles in a supine and kneeling practice. Start by lying down with the knees bent to find what your “neutral” spine is. Strengthen the natural curve of the lumbar spine through leg actions. Continue in the practice with a neutral spine and without straining the back or creating tension in your neck. Maintain stability in the hips. These variations will serve to strengthen abdominal, side and back core muscles and serve as preparatory postures to complement muscular action for supta padangustasana and ustrasana. Thanks to Michael King for the inspiration.

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