YOGA POSES TO STRENGTHEN YOUR CORE

We already know that lifting heavy gives you a banging body like no tomorrow, but what if you don’t have access to a gym? Well one of the easiest ways to build strength and tone your body just as well as weights is yoga! It tones, builds your flexibility and strengthens; all sans equipment.

Easily done anywhere (really, at home, in the park, at the beach, on the edge of a cliff) there really is no excuse for you to not keep fit.

This time around we’re looking at building that core (your abs!), and here are 5 poses to add to your routine if you want those washboard abs.

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DOWNWARD DOG VARIATION

Starting off with the downward facing dog pose, lift right leg up pointing towards the ceiling. Start to move forward and lower yourself into a plank pose, but don’t put right feet down and instead bend your right knee into your chest. Return back to downward facing dog pose and repeat, and swap sides.

 

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WARRIOR 3

Let’s test your balance with this. Start by balancing on your right foot while having your left shin against your chest. Extend your left leg behind you ensuring that it’s parallel to the ground. As you’re doing that, reach your arms out in front of you so your body forms a straight line. Hold this position for a few deep breaths, and slowly return to standing. Repeat and swap sides,

 

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BOAT/EXTENDED BOAT

Starting with the boat pose, sit on your hips with both legs extended in front. With your hands behind you, Keeping your back straight, start to lean back and lift your legs off the ground until your body represents a “V”.

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Straighten both arms on your side and hold that pose for a minute.

To create an extended boat, slowly extend your legs until your body resembles a wide “V”. Hold that pose for a minute and return to starting position.

 

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SIDE PLANK/PLANK

Starting with a plank – arms extended in front of you, with a straight back, hold that pose for a minute. Then lift your right arm off the floor towards the ceiling. Make sure your body stays straight the whole time and hold for 1 minute. Go back to starting position and swap sides.

As you continually do these poses, increase the length of time you hold these poses for and you’ll soon discover yourself getting stronger, and fitter – all in the comfort of your home (or anywhere you desire).