Yoga Moves to Strengthen Your Core

Plank

From the neutral position, extend your legs outward with your toes pressed against the floor and bring your elbows to the ground. Your spine should be elongated and your body should extend into a flat plank position.

Hold this pose for five breaths while keeping your shoulders up and not collapsing into your wrists.

See the plank pose here

Side Plank

After your perform the plank pose, return to the neutral position. To work your side abdominal muscles, turn your body to the left and keep your legs straight with one on top of the other. Rest your elbow on the ground.

Be sure to keep a nice, straight line by pulling your hips toward the ceiling.

For a more advanced side plank, extend your left arm and push up through your wrists, holding your body up. Bring your right arm toward the ceiling for a complete stretch. Repeat on the right side.

See the side plank pose here

Warrior 3

From the side plank position, move to a standing position. Step your left leg back into a lunge position. Stretch your arms toward the ceiling and elongate your spine.

With your upper body straight, bend at the waist and reach forward. With your upper body parallel to the ground, bring your left leg up, reaching through your heel.

After five breaths, lower your left leg to the floor. Bring your legs together and repeat on the right side, starting by stepping your right foot into a lunge position.

See the Warrior 3 pose here

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Ashley Lauretta

Ashley Lauretta (formerly Erickson) is a national writer and fitness enthusiast based in Austin, Texas. Her writing appears in Women's Running, Women's Adventure, Competitor and more. Ashley is a proud alumna of the University of California, San Diego. Find her online at ashleylauretta.com and @ashley_lauretta.
Ashley Lauretta (formerly Erickson) is a national writer and fitness enthusiast based in Austin, Texas. Her writing appears in Women's Running, Women's Adventure, Competitor and more. Ashley is a proud alumna of the University of California, San Diego. Find her online at ashleylauretta.com and @ashley_lauretta.

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