5 Asana For Toning Your Core
The muscles of your core provide the foundation for all major movement within your body. Whether you are bending down to pick up your bag, going for a jog, doing yoga on your mat, or simply standing in line, your core is working to provide you with the movement, strength and stability required to do so.
Working to strengthen your core muscles, achieves more than just a toned looking stomach. It also enables you greater strength, movement while helping protect you from injury or back pain.
This is why working to strengthen and tone your core is an important consideration for any balanced yoga practice. Because having a toned core will not only help you look and feel your best, it will also give you the strength and stability you need so that you can move through life with confidence.
When we are talking about strengthening our ‘core’, we don't just mean toning our abdominal muscles. Your core muscles are those that are attached to the spine, and these are along the front, back and sides of your torso, including muscles in your pelvis and shoulders. Click here to have a closer look at the many different muscles your core is comprised of.
Here are 5 yoga asana that works to tone all the different muscles that make up your core, from the abs to the obliques, to the muscles of your back and hips.
Plank Pose (Kumbhakasana)
This asana uses body weight resistance to build strength in the whole body, especially your core. It focuses on the muscles of the abdomen, lower back, chest and glutes.
Side Plank Pose (Vasisthasana)
This asana works through your whole body, with specific strengthening and toning benefit to the muscles of your shoulders, chest, abs, obliques, hips and glutes.
This asana is fantastic, not only toning the abdominals and obliques but also to help cultivate overall core stability.
The Locust Pose (Shalabasana)
This asana works to strengthen the muscles of your back whilst stretching out the muscles of your chest. It also works to tone your shoulders and glutes, making this an excellent core-focused asana to include in your yoga practice.
Boat Pose (Navasana)
This asana strengthens your spine and hip flexors whilst toning and strengthening your abdominal muscles.
About the Author:
Hannah is an Australian born writer who specializes in Fitness, Nutrition, & Spirituality. She holds a degree in social science, a diploma in Health Science and a diploma in Yogic Studies and Teaching. Hannah is certified yoga instructor and personal trainer with over 10 years experience .
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