Catching up on the last 3 days of yoga postures for my #yogatothecore challenge...If you've been following along, be sure to include these postures to increase core strength as these 3 poses are essential in building a strong & stable core all around - abdominals, back & obliques - your trunk as I like to call it.
Day 3: Plank Pose Top: High Plank | Bottom: Forearm Plank When done correctly, planks are one of the best exercises to build core strength as well as shoulder stability.
Day 4: The Locust - Shalabhasana Excellent back strengthening exercise which, at the same time, increases flexibility in the low back, as well. I like to take this posture with a bind behind my back to create a shoulder/chest opener because I am always tight across my chest and my anterior delts. (front of the shoulders) Side Note: This was not exactly the most comfortable place I could have picked to do this posture. #yogaeverywhere
Day 5: Side Plank (Vasisthasana) I LOVE side planks. This can also be modified on the forearm until you build up enough core & shoulder strength & stability. Shaking is good ;) Be sure to stay strong in that supported arm, pushing out of the shoulder and careful not to dump your weight into you wrist. When teaching yoga, I like to give guidance in both high & side plank to act as if you are literally going to push the floor down and away from you - that is how strong & active you should be in this posture. Keep lifting thru the hips, engaging bottom side oblique and contract your middle all around. Side Plank Tree Pose (fun plank variation)