Fire Up the Core Vinyasa Yoga

Building a strong core (abs) is important. Not just for looking and felling good. It’s important for good posture and alignment of the whole body. PLUS when you feel strong in your core, it initiates a strong body image from the inside out!

If you have been following me via Instagram, Twitter or Linkedin you know I’m constantly posting about the core. I’ve learned the hard way just how important strengthening the core is to everyday movement.

I’ve suffered from mild low back pain most of my life which makes standing or sitting for long periods uncomfortable. Being an athlete and mother, I’ve experienced more pain on a more frequent basis lately. It crops up when I least expect it. When my son was a baby, I bent down to pick up my son, and was instantly in pain. I could hardly move or hold my son. This has been an ongoing issue.

Back pain is the worst!

Back pain affects how the body moves and responds to different activities. Part of reducing or eliminating back issues is strengthening the whole core. That means not only the front of the core but the sides and back as well. Many people think of the core as the front and middle of the body. While that is correct, there are sides and a back that also make up the middle of the body as well.

You don’t want to be lopsided with a super strong front core. So working the whole core is important.

Sometimes having a go-to quick yoga sequence is ideal for working a certain area. Especially if you want to focus on one area, like the core, and move on with your day. This yoga video (of find a written sequence below) will have you warmed up and firing up the core quickly. It’s 10 minutes and will have your muscles burning (in a great way of course).

Fire Up the Core Vinyasa Yoga Sequence:

Tadasana (mountain pose)

Plank Pose (top of a push-up)

Surya Namaskar A (1x)/Sun Salutation A

Alternative vinyasa: Right side plank-left forearm plank-right forearm plank-left side plank-plank pose (directions: From Plank, take side plank on the right side, exhale bringing the left forearm down and rolling over onto the outer edge of the left foot-forearm side plank on the left. Exhale bringing the right forearm down and taking forearm side plank on the right. Place the left hand down, take side plank on the left side. Come into plank and press back to downward facing dog.)

Parivrtta Anjaneyasana (Revolved Modified Lunge)

Virabhadrasana III (Warrior III)

Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose)

Anjaneyasana (Crescent Lunge)

Vasisthasana (Side Plank)

Plank Pose Hold (1 minute or more, if you can)

Namaste,

Val

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.