If you add more core strength exercises into your yoga practice, your body responds by having more energy and feeling stronger. In the hopes of making up for all the treats and festive meals of the holidays, I’ve upped my workouts and increased the intensity of my yoga practices.
Yoga Core Strength Exercises Video
I’ve written an article outlining the sequence and alignment pointers in this video. There are some great photos as well. Check it out at HubPages Yoga Core Strength Exercises
Yoga Core Strength and Alignment
When you use the alignment principles of Anusara® yoga, which inform the practice above, your entire body participates in the pose. You also learn to focus your intent so you have your awareness adding to the potency of your practice.
In this approach to asana, there is a fullness that builds the core on many levels. You build the physical core by integrating and aligning the muscles and bones for optimal strength, endurance, and circulation. You also cultivate your inner core self in a way that makes it much easier to stay centered when life throws you curve balls.
In Anusara yoga, there is a concept called Balanced Action. This describes the harmony between two seemingly opposite forces that create perfection together. For example, when you use Muscle Energy and Organic Energy (two of the Universal Principles of Alignment™) in Balanced Action, you can find a place where drawing in and extending out make the pose feel amazing. Effort and ease complement each other when you have just enough of each.
By engaging your entire body in each pose and movement, with mindfulness and without over efforting, you build your core strength in many ways. And it feels so good!
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