Core Strength for Yoga and Other Activities

 

Here are 3 exercises to strengthen your core centre.  When you do these exercises you must draw your navel back to your spine and lift your pelvic floor muscles.  In yoga this is Udhihana and Mula Bhanda, in Pilates it’s called The Connection to Centre.  These exercises will support any physical activity such as yoga, dance, football, swimming etc.

This sequence of movements will strengthen the deeper abdominal muscles which will support the spine and sacrum while enhancing your yoga practice.  A strong core is especially important for people who want to attempt challenging postures such as arm balances and inversions.

On an energetical level, it is of utmost importance to have a strong core centre.  Kundulini energy lies dormant at the base of the spine.  Strengthening deeper core muscles can be the first step towards releasing this spiritual energy.  These exercises, along with a disciplined yoga practice can deepen awareness of how emotions are held in the physical body. Then we can begin another journey, one that feels the body instead of reacting to the mind. There’s a whole other blog in that, I’ll write more soon.

Practice, enjoy and don’t forget to breathe.

Shanti, Shanti,

Sinead.

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