Core Yoga Poses
Having a strong core is fundamental to having a good yoga practice. With a strong core, the student protects his lower back from taking too much stress. With these yoga postures, yogis will have a strong and stable center.
One of the most popular yoga poses for building up core strength. You will see Meddy practicing this pose frequently. Boat Pose is commonly referred to as — Navasana (nah-VAHS-uh-nuh) — tones the abdominal muscles while improving your strength in the lower back. Navasana challenges the abdomen, hip flexors, and your back muscles, building strength and steadiness at the body’s core.
Cobra Pose is a backbend and a chest opener that improves the flexibility of your spine. As you learn Chaturanga and Upward Facing Dog, you will in a way be practicing Cobra Pose as you flow through the postures. The Sanskrit name for Cobra Pose is Bhujangasana (boo-jahn-GAHS-uh-nuh)
Firefly pose is an advanced yoga pose that requires a super strong core and flexible hamstring muscles. The Sanskrit name for Firefly pose is Tittibhasana. Once you have mastered Boat Pose and feel like your core is strong enough we can begin working on Firefly pose. This pose will strengthen your legs, core, shoulders and your back muscles.
Plank Pose is the first Arm Balance most yogis learn first. It brings stability to the abdominal muscles while strengthening the arms and spine. Meddy absolutely loves Plank Pose. Let's learn the Sanskrit name for Plank Pose, it is Kumbhakasana (koom-bahk-AHS-uh-nuh)
Side Reclining Leg Lift
A great core strength builder. Meddy loves to practice this pose.
To enter this pose, begin by lying on the left side of the body and rest the head in the palm of the left hand. Flex the left foot and press the outside of it into the floor. Bring the right knee into the chest.
Upward Facing Dog
Shine your heart forward and keep your gaze looking forward. Try not to overbend your lower back and over compress your lower vertebra. Keep your fingers spread apart wide and strong. Squeeze your buttocks and engage your quads. This will slightly lift your knees off the mat which is what you are going for. You can rest in this posture as long as you like or connect it to Downward Facing Dog.