Core Yoga Poses

Core yoga poses help in developing core strength and obtaining a flat and toned abdominal region. These poses are gaining a lot of popularity all around the globe due to the effect they have on the midsection of the body.

Apart from the cosmetic benefits, a powerful core helps in preventing injuries and diseases and also provides assistance in performing other yoga poses.


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Core Strengthening Exercises

The basic concept of core yoga is to teach the body to maintain its balance and thus support a healthy spine. Core yoga poses are an amalgamation of the traditional yoga and modern techniques of stretching and strengthening.Core yoga poses help to strengthen the whole body, especially the muscles in the back and abdomen. The movements are performed slowly and precisely, while maintaining focus on breathing. This helps in improving oxygenation of the blood and also relaxes the mind. Core yoga poses also provide a strong foundation for beginners who can increase their strength and flexibility.

Core Yoga Poses Benefits

As mentioned earlier, core yoga poses benefits are numerous. Apart from developing physical strength, they also help in relaxing the mind. The practice of these poses helps in healing, detoxifying, and stimulating the body.

A few core poses are as follows:

  • Marjaryasana (Cat Pose): This poses gently massages the spine and the stomach
  • Dolphin pose: Also a variation of the Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose), this is a shoulder opening pose. It strengthens the arms and legs
  • Bakasana (Crane Pose): This is a pose in which one has to practice compact arm balance.

    This pose enhances the strength of arms and stimulates the organs in the abdomen.
  • Plank Pose: In this pose, the body posture resembles a plank. This pose is a great precursor to more challenging exercises of the arm.
  • Dolphin Plank Pose: This pose is a modification of the plank pose and combines the dolphin pose with the plank pose. This helps in strengthening and toning of thighs and arms.
  • Ananda Balasana (Happy Baby Pose): This pose helps in gently bringing more awareness to the area of hips
  • Paripurna Navasana (Full Boat Pose): In this pose, one has to balance the body on the tripod of the sitting bones. This enhances the strength of abdomen and deep hip.
  • Anantasana (Side Reclining Leg Lift): This is a side reclining pose that stretches the back portion of legs and the side of torso. It also helps toning the belly.
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