Core Strengthening Yoga Carve (Yoga+HIIT)

Ripped abs, defined muscles, core strength, rock hard abs.  These are all phrases I'm sure you have heard before.  The "perfect" body includes having "perfect" abs or a super strong core. While all that is true, having a strong core isn't about looking "perfect".  It's more about having strength in the core so you can perform other movements.  Your core is central to any movement.  Obvious, I know, but if your core isn't strong, the rest of the body cannot move or function optimally.

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If you have been reading other posts or are a yoga student of mine, you know I am really into building core strength.  I add some type of core strengthening pose to all my classes.

Before having a child, core strength was something I mostly took for granted.  I ran, swam, lifted weights, rock climbed and practiced yoga.  The body weight activities helped incorporate strength throughout my body.  I didn't have to focus on building a strong core.  It seemed to come naturally with all my physical activities.

Carrying a child changes things! 

Carrying a child for 40 weeks, made my core strength go out the window, slowly.  Before baby, I felt like my body worked properly.  I didn't have to focus constantly on posture and alignment of my whole body.  That's a different story now.

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After delivery my core strength was pretty much non-existent and spending a lot of time sitting or lying didn't help maters.  My back constantly hurt and my posture was awful.  Having been in a period of my life where I got complements on my posture to seeing my hunched shoulders and feeling the lack of core strength was hard.

Then to top it all off, I found out I had a diastasis recti (abdominal separation) from pregnancy.  Rehab and constant body awareness have become my life.  Although it sounds annoying it really isn't so bad.  The way I look at it, I'm retraining my body to work after growing a little (and amazing) human inside me.

Core strengthening with out sit ups 

In rehabbing my body, I have learned that sit up's are a no, no.  Planks are relatively safe for building core strength as long as you focus on breathing and pulling your belly button toward your spine.  (**if you have a severe diastasis or hernia please consult your doctor before trying this or any exercise routine**)

Everyday I work on strength through out my body but especially my core.  This includes the side and back core as well.  You can't have a strong core if you only focus on the front abs.

This core focused yoga carve video will help you build front, side and back core strength while getting your heart rate up.  Plus, it's only 12 minutes!  You can exercise and move on with your day in under 15 minutes.  That's a win for sure!


You might also like this Total Body Vinyasa Yogasession or a Whole Body Yoga Carve that takes 10 minutes.

cheers,

Val

**if you have a severe diastasis or hernia please consult your doctor before trying this or any exercise routine**

Disclaimer: The information on this website (Alt Yoga Vibe) is for informational purposes only and does not substitute for medical treatment or hands on instruction.  If you are experiencing any severe pain or symptoms, please consult a healthcare practitioner.