3 Yoga Poses to Build Core Strength

3 Yoga Poses to Build Core Strength

Building core strength not only results in some awesome looking ab and back muscles, but it’s also crucial for maintaining balance and stability during all your daily activities. Yoga asana practice is one of our favorite ways to tighten and tone our core. We’ve listed a few of our favorite poses below!

Side Plank

This is one killer core exercise and specifically targets the obliques. Your shoulders and legs will also get a nice toning session, especially if you hold it for more than a few breath counts.

Step-By-Step Breakdown:

  • Start in Plank Pose
  • Shift weight to left hand and pivot to left side bringing your right foot on top of your left
  • Bring right arm up towards ceiling and lift your hip up higher
  • Hold for 3 full breath counts
  • Return to Plank Pose and repeat on other side
Chair Pose

There are a lot of muscle groups activated in chair pose and one that’s often overlooked are the adductor muscles (inner thighs). These muscles may not be the first thing you think of when it comes to core strength but in reality they play a crucial role.

Step-By-Step Breakdown:

  • Start in Mountain Pose
  • Inhale your arms up to the sky while bending your knees
  • Shift weight to heels, tuck your pelvis, draw lower belly in, and sink hips lower
  • Stay for 3 full breath counts
Down Dog

It may not be the first yoga pose you think of when it comes to core strength, but this pose truly does it all. Focus on drawing your abdominal muscles upwards and in to feel this start to strengthen your core.  

Step-By-Step Breakdown:

  • Start in Plank Pose
  • Exhale your hips up towards the ceiling
  • Press equal weight into both hands, straighten arms, and drive heels towards the ground
  • Draw your abdominals in and up
  • Stay for 5 full breath counts
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