Center from the Core

Center from the Core

This article was shared with us by the beautiful, Chanti Mai.
That's just one example, but you can truly think about the impact that a strong core has on every single posture practiced in Vinyasa Flow Yoga. For instance, a strong core adds grace and stability during simple transitions from Warrior II to extended side angle and back to reverse Warrior. And that's nothing compared to the core strength needed for arm balances and inversions like crow pose, headstand or forearm stand. These poses would be virtually impossible without engaging the core!

If you live in a city, chances are you spend a large portion of your day sitting in front of a computer screen. Sitting all day puts a lot of strain on your lower back, since that's part of your body that is supporting the large majority of your weight. When you have a strong core, it helps protect your body from the wear and tear of sitting all day. It allows you move with more grace and intention when you're simply walking on the sidewalk or up a flight of stairs.
Next time you are in a yoga class, try to think about your core strength during each pose and each transition and watch how it transforms your experiences. Then continue to think about your core strength when you leave the studio and walk to your bike. There's a good chance this will help you find more purpose with every movement.

Center from the Core
Love and Namaste.
?>Chanti is a yoga teacher, massage therapist, artist, writer, adventurer, and a true lover of life: www.chantimai.com

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