Engage your abdominal muscles with these yoga poses that build a strong & stable center!
Contributor: Certified yoga instructor Patti Kopasakis, PT, DPT, SCS, RYT-200
Your abdominal muscles are just one component of your core. The gluteal muscles, diaphragm, hip flexors, and hip adductor muscles also comprise your core. These large muscle groups help control the movements you make throughout the day. Strengthening these muscles helps to absorb forces from daily activities and decrease the forces that move through joints.
Here is a group yoga poses that can help to improve your core muscles. Try holding them for two to three breaths at first, then increase the number of breaths to challenge yourself. On the one-sided poses, be sure to repeat on the other side!
Note: Poses should be entered into and moved out of slowly to protect muscles and joints. If you are having specific pain that has been ongoing for longer than two weeks or you have a specific injury, it is always best consult a qualified health care provider, such as a physical therapist, who can develop a plan specific to your needs.