Yoga poses that strengthen the core

Poses inspired by the creative Aquarian

by Brooke Musat

If you are an Aquarius, or know an Aquarius, you know they view the world through a technicolor lens and find ways to inject creativity into everything. This month, we stole a page from their Boho book of originality and fashioned a practice with an Aquarius flare. Aquarius beings know who they are at their core. What better way to celebrate the Aquarius reign by igniting the fire of self-awareness in the core.

 

Pendant pose with toes down and ankles uncrossed (Variation of Lolasana)

Practice Pendant pose on days when you need a pick me up (literally). Hold this pose for several breaths to spark a warming of the belly. Let the heat in your core be a reminder to check in with who you are and what you stand for. Heat can be a catalyst to many things so why not allow it to be a catalyst for renewed self-awareness?

Physical Benefits:

  • Strengthens wrists and upper back
  • Tones the arms and shoulders
  • Engages lower abdominal muscles
  • Stretches the tops of the feet

 

Tripod Headstand

With legs held in a figure 4 pose in tripod headstand you’ll be challenged to find stability while embracing asymmetry. Embracing asymmetry is the best way to practice becoming comfortable with the unpredictable and untraditional ways of life. This is the place where an Aquarius shines.  Practice this pose regularly to prepare for unexpected bumps, twists or turns in the road.

Physical Benefits:

  • Relaxes and energizes the mind
  • Strengthens your core, back, neck, shoulders and arms
  • Lengthens your spine
  • Eases pressure on your lower back
  • Strengthens your lungs
  • Helps relieve colds, cough, sinusitis, sore throat and asthma
  • Alleviates stress, insomnia and depression
  • Regulates your metabolism
  • Improves memory and concentration



 

Plank with toes untucked (Variation of Phalakasana)

If you’ve ever been asked to sign your name with your nondominant hand, and tried, you’ll recall that awkward feeling when practicing this pose. With an Aquarius spin on plank pose leaving the toes untucked, you’ll be forced to find balance on the tops of the feet instead of the sole of the metatarsals. We promise your core will get a workout as it tries to find balance in the unfamiliar.

Physical Benefits:

  • Stretches the shins and the tops of the feet
  • Builds upper body strength    
  • Helps to lengthen the spine
  • Tones the core (both the abdomen, back and side body)
  • Is a great preparatory pose for more challenging arm balances

 

For more on an Aquarius inspired practice check out cosmomuse.com.



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