How to use the power full Core line in your yoga practice.
Many times I come across yoga students who want to gain more core strength and then they refer to their abdominal muscles. Its true that you can gain some core strength in that area but what if I say that that is not just your core and that you need to work in other area's in the body that will cultivate a lot of core strength for your body would that be new to you?
Way more important and interesting core muscles are your inner thigh muscles, your pelvic floor muscles and the psoas muscles.
Your power in yoga practice comes from your foundation so grounding down is essential.
So lets look at this:
What is the foundation?
The foundation is what touches the floor. When standing, it would be the feet. In push-ups, your feet and hands are the foundation. See if you can feel the difference in Plank pose, between just having the hands and feet on the floor, while hanging in the joints. Or when you actually push the foundation actively down while at the same time drawing your core in and up. You might feel a press and rebound effect, making you feel lighter.
General things like walking or sitting down and specific activities like sports or practising yoga, become easier, safer and more fun with a strong core.
Outer body versus inner strength
Many of us tend to use our outer body (limbs & superficial muscles) to move, especially when we are asked to move in a specific way like in yoga. It is important and can be very helpful to learn how to break the habit of moving only from the outer body. When we move only from the outer body we load unnecessary layers of tension onto ourselves.
Real power comes from activating the deep core line of our body, especially when we manage to keep the outer body soft and flexible. Power in yoga poses for example, comes when we put effort in grounding down through our foundation while drawing the core in and up.
Just an example: In mountain pose, bend your knees a bit, and then lift your toes and feel how that starts to draw up the inner thighs. As you press feet down (bony part) inner thighs zip up into the groins, drawing lower belly in and up lower belly ignites which will lift the pubic bone and activates the psoas muscle, then slowly straighten your legs and feel you are tracking from inner thighs, pelvic floor, up the psoas a beautiful and powerful core line.
If you want to feel and work or learn to teach on how to work with this power full core line, you might be interested in signing up for my Online Core Flow Training via Zoom so you can experience and feel yourself and learn to celebrate your body and stay in shape with this new and revolutionary Core Strength practice.