With the new year just around the corner and everyone wanting to get fit, try these 5 Yoga poses for Abs!
Plank is a great yoga pose for abs. Use this pose to strengthen your abs by activating them.
From your hand and knees, or all fours, make sure your wrists are directly underneath your shoulders, tuck your toes under, lift your knees up. Ensure that the muscles in your legs are engaged, pulling your navel to your spine and keep pushing the mat away, don’t sink into your shoulders.
Chair pose needs the core to be activated for stability. All of the core muscles are activated whilst holding the pose.
Bring your feet flash together with a slight gap between your heels. Inhale, bend your knees, sink your hips down and bring your arms over your head. Keep your core engaged for more stability.
With this balancing pose, you will need the core to build strength and length in the upper body. It also gives you stability within the pose
From Tadasana, ground through your left foot, engage your left buttocks and come onto your right tiptoes. Hug your right knee into your chest then kick the right leg behind you whilst bringing your upper body in line with the mat. Bring your hands over your head, or have then in prayer in your heart centre. Pull your navel to your spine to get more stability and start building strength.
Boat Pose with twist
This is a great pose to work the whole of your core. With the twists in this classic pose, you are working your core even more and gives you stability in the pose and protects your back.
From a seated position, engage your core, ground through your sitting bones, walk your feet towards your buttocks and come onto your tiptoes. Hold on underneath your knees, sit up straight and bring both legs parallel to the mat. Let go of the knees and hold your legs where they are. Bring your hands together in your heart centre, elbows out to the side, twist to the right. Return to centre and then twist to the left, keeping your hands together.
Engage the core in bridge pose and lift up higher.
Laying on your back, bring the soles of the feet onto the mat, knees pointing up to the ceiling. Bring your feet hip distance apart and walk them towards your buttocks. Have your hands by your side, palms facing down. On your exhale, engage your core and push your hips up to the ceiling. Stay here for as long as you want to, then gently lower your hips back down.