Get your best summer body yoga workout core deep core work that will power up all your poses. Want to get into an arm balance or hold one even longer? Strong deep-abdominal muscles are the ticket. They also give you better posture and keep your torso toned.
From hands and knees, place your forearms and palms on the floor. Make sure your elbows are under your shoulders and your upper arms are vertical. Walk your feet back, keeping your legs and pelvis in line with your shoulders. From Dolphin Plank, keeping both forearms on the floor, come to the little-toe side of your left foot, stacking your feet and legs in the middle of your mat in line with the space between your arms. Down Dog, draw your right knee into your rib cage, keeping your hips high. You may need to lift your left heel off the ground while drawing your front body toward your back body.
Lift the front body toward the back body, as you press back through your left heel. Eka Pada Koundinyasana IIRepeat Knee-to-Arm Plank and Knee-to-Arm Chaturanga, and then play with the arm balance. From Knee-to-Arm Chaturanga, begin to lean your heart forward and straighten your right leg. Keep your core engaged as you maintain length through your back leg. Our members have planted 30,700 trees!
Wondering why doing the same type of core work on your back isn’t getting you the results you want? When you focus core work in only one position you don’t challenge the core muscles to their full effect. You also miss out on strengthening other important parts of the core. For instance, if you’re only doing core work on your back, then you’re missing a whole set of back core muscles that could be strengthened with exercises on your belly. To work and engage all of your core muscles to their full effect, you need to change your body position when strengthening your core. Also, core muscles get stronger when we employ other neighboring muscles.
A Brief Anatomy Lesson The core’s function is to stabilize the pelvis and spine and to move your arms and legs with force. The core is essentially your torso, but also includes some of the muscles that attach your torso to your limbs. Pelvic Floor Muscles These diamond-shaped muscles, tendons, and tissue are at the base of your torso. Their function is to keep your organs inside. Their function is to compress your organs. We use these muscles when we forward bend.
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