Top 5 Yoga Poses for Abs and Core

The first step is caring more about the word “core” than the word “abs”.

The core is more than just the six-pack muscles and it has more function than being the focal point of every fitness magazine.

When we speak about “core” in yoga, we’re referring to the abs AND the mid- to low-back, and maybe some areas of the hips as well. The yoga core is a unit of interdependent muscles that support the spine and the vital organs of the body.

So, with that, we have our front core (or abs), our back core (back muscles), and our hips (mainly the hip flexor or psoas muscles).

In this tutorial, I review the five best yoga poses and combination of movements that address this more holistic view of the core. They’re not easy, but you can find pleasure in their difficulty if you have a solid understanding of how to do them properly.

Here are the five poses:

  1. Plank
  2. Locust
  3. Boat
  4. Half Boat
  5. Joe’s Special Sequence*

* You’re going to have to watch the video to see what I mean.

Having been someone who cared more about my abs than my core, I want to help you appreciate how much better it is to have a well-functioning system of muscles as opposed to a set of abs that are a constant source of frustration that no one other than you cares about.

Start using yoga to live athletically:

Yoga for Athletes - The Ultimate Guide

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About the Author:

Joe is the Founder of Icewater Yoga. Fascinated by the intersection of yoga and sport, his goal is to help athletes develop a consistent yoga practice. He lives in Claremont, CA with his wife, Jill.