Top 10 Core Yoga Poses for healthy, strong, swimsuit worthy abdominals!

Posted on 27 August 2013

Guest Post: Vie Activist Katrina Loop from Honey HNY
Top 10 ‘Core Yoga Poses for healthy, strong, swimsuit worthy abdominals!

There is a lot to be gained from a regular yoga practice. Yogis enjoy calmness of mind, suppleness of muscles and joints, and improved functioning of the body systems. Additionally, by practicing yoga you can achieve strong, toned abdominal muscles whilst maintaining flexibility (rather than crunches which promote rigidity of the spine and flattening of the natural lumbar curve). Follow these top 10 ‘core’ yoga poses on a regular basis for healthy, strong, swimsuit worthy abdominals that will have your friends wondering who your new personal trainer is!

  1. Seated Forward Bend (Paschimottanasana)The seated forward bend activates the muscles of the lower abdomen.
  2. Plank Pose Plank pose helps to create a toned, strong core. It also strengthens the arms, wrists and spine.
  3. Side Plank Pose (Vasisthasana) Move from plank to side plank, alternating sides to work the midsection and the obliques.
  4. Full Boat Pose (Paripurna Navasana) When you bring your legs up in full boat pose, you are strengthening the rectus abdominis. Holding this pose helps to stimulate the rectus abdominis isometrically, toning the core without affecting flexibility.
  5. Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana) It is essential to perform poses such as the bridge to keep the abdominals flexible as well as strong.
  6. Revolving Triangle Pose (Parivrtta Trikonasana) Revolving triangle pose works the obliques by twisting the shoulders and torso, while keeping the legs in position.
  7. Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana) Half moon pose creates strong abdominals and spine as well as strengthening the ankles, thighs and buttocks.
  8. Garland Pose/squat (Malasana) Garland pose is an excellent asana to tone the core.
  9. Crane Pose (Bakasana) Get a toned midsection by performing crane pose. This pose also makes your arms and wrists stronger.
  10. Marichi's Pose/Seated twist (Marichyasana III) This asana is a great way to stretch the core and spine at the end of your abdominal workout.

As a start, try performing these yoga poses twice per week, working up to 3-4 times per week, with a break in-between days to get toned, strong and healthy abdominals.

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