The concept of yoga abs is pretty new to me. When I first encountered yoga in 1970, no one was talking about yoga abs. Back in the early days of yoga here in the United States, people were talking about yoga asanas (postures), meditation and breathing. Yoga seemed focused on teaching people how to stretch, become limber and calm their minds.
But with the extreme popularity of the more vigorous Ashtanga style of yoga in the 80′s and 90′s, there has subsequently been more emphasis on athleticism in yoga.
If you are not familiar with Ashtanga Yoga, take a peek here:
OK, so do you see how the yoga practice can require super human strength? Maybe that’s not for you — no worries. There are still many reasons to strengthen your core. Here are the benefits of cultivating core strength for the average person:
- Prevents injury to the hips and back
- Improves posture
- Improves body mechanics so we move more efficiently
- Strengthens abdominals, hip flexors, inner thighs, back and hips
- Conserves energy expenditure
- Improves endurance
- Improves confidence
- Encourages an optimistic outlook
And now I share with you part of my daily core strengthening routine. This routine is both fun and energizing. However if you lack a flexible spine or have a weak back or are prone to back injury, you will want to start with something more gentle and fundamental. I will be posting some basic core strengthening routines over the next few weeks. So please stay tuned and please subscribe for blog updates.
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