Improving your core muscles doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to go to the gym. There is another way to do it and yoga is an excellent way to improve and increase your core strength.
Yoga practices may often be described as calm and meditative, or as incorporating flowing movements from one pose to the next. But, particularly yoga is an excellent approach to strengthen and tone core muscles. It does not only support your core, posture and protect your back, it also provides overall strength and stability throughout your body.
As you all know, developing core strength is vital for keeping a healthy body and a fulfilling yoga practice. Hence, here are our six favorite yoga poses listed below for individuals who wish to increase core strength may they be beginner, intermediate or professional.
Note: To protect muscles and joints, poses should be entered and end slowly. If you have specific pain that has persisted for more than two weeks or if you have a specific injury, you should always contact a competent health care specialist, such as a physical therapist, who can build a treatment plan specific to your conditions.
Chair Pose (Utkatasana)
Chair Pose is a complex standing yoga pose that challenges the different parts of your body. This pose requires you to maintain balance while strengthening your entire lower body by strengthening your thighs and stabilizing your knees. At the same time, the nature of the balance position involved in this standing pose helps to build core strength.
Cosmic Egg Pose (Brahmandasana)
The name might be weird to read but it is really the name! Now, this pose is an excellent way to warm up and become more mindful of your core strength. It may appear simple at first, but maintaining a regular breathing pattern will rapidly become difficult.
Plank Pose (Phalakasana)
Plank provides the core strength and heat required to progress to more difficult yoga postures. It strengthens several parts of the body, including the abdominal muscles, shoulders, and even the quadriceps, as do many other yoga postures. Overall, planking improves the main core muscular groups, allowing you to lift greater weights, move faster, and reduce your risk of back injury.
Side Plank Pose
This is another basic posture that includes a static hold to help you improve core endurance strength. In a side plank, you balance on one arm rather than on all fours as you would in a regular plank. It’s the perfect pose for increasing oblique strength and identifying muscle weaknesses and imbalances.
Dolphin Plank Pose (Makara Adho Mukha)
Dolphin Plank Pose is a little more difficult than a standard plank. This stance involves the coordination of several muscles. It does not only strengthen your core, but it also strengthens your arms and improves your balance. This pose might take time to perfect, but your arms will thank you once you do.
Boat Pose (Paripurna Navasana)
Boat Practice is a popular yoga pose for strengthening your core. It’s a static position that helps with stability and movement. The boat posture is difficult because it puts extra strain on your lower abdominals and hip flexors. If the complete boat pose is too difficult for you, you can alter it by wrapping a yoga strap around your feet to provide support.