Following on from our yoga and core strength article, we’ve gathered a selection of the best yoga poses to strengthen your core.
Remember, yoga is less concerned with the appearance of ripped abs, than with building a stable, coordinated centre of movement. As you perform the poses, try to maintain an awareness of both your inner and physical core, breathing deeply and calmly with respect for your body.
The benefits? Proper alignment, greater energy and yes – also a toned torso!
If you found this plank pose challenging, stick with it before moving on to….
2. HIGH PLANK POSE
3. BOAT POSE
4. ONE LEG DOWNWARD FACING DOG
5. WARRIOR ONE POSE
I have to say that the air of incense and spirituality has always rather put me off yoga, I deal in facts. Perhaps I do need to give it a try again, if I can find a class that isn't too heavy on the meditation.
I've done yoga for years and there's been a huge growth in the number of guys seeing its benefits. These moves are definitely a good starting point for many. Thanks.
I like the high plank pose, which feels like a real challenge after the standard plank, and I can really feel it working my stomach area as well as my arms.
I only ever do the plank for my core, and that seems to do the trick, but interesting to see some variations, especially as I am getting interested in yoga.
I can actually do the boat pose, after months of practice. It really is a great move for your core, and legs, and also boosts concentration and balance.
I really like the dolphin plank pose. It feels like it really does strengthen me, and I find it strangely calming.