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Yoga Workouts To Target Your Core: These Yoga Variations Will Help You Feel The Burn

The core is popular to maintain because it helps combat stubborn belly fat and makes us feel more accomplished, but it’s also one of the most critical areas to – and typically the most challenging. But if you can’t bear the idea of having to make it through a ton of sit-ups, crunches, or mountain climbers for the extra abdominal burn, rest assured that there are other engaging varieties of core exercise that exist to promote the core, and you can have a lot of fun trying them out.

Why You Should Care About Your Core

The core muscles are the foundation of everything we do. According to experts with Harvard Medical Health, core strength is at the root of almost every movement we do in our daily activities and while working out. Like your spine, the core is the link that connects everything along the upper body to the lower body. If your core muscles are weak or inflexible, it can lead to impaired ability and function for other muscle groups including the arms and legs. Building up this muscle over time can increase balance, stability, and prevent falls and injuries. From everyday movements like getting dressed, taking a shower, carrying groceries, lifting anything on the job, doing housework or chores, and even maintaining your posture, having a weakened core can easily compromise your performance across your everyday life.

In another reference from Shape Magazine, strength coach Scott Mitsiell of Soho Strength Lab in NYC says the core are the first muscles to activate prior to doing any physical activity. They are responsible for bracing and providing support and the nervous system depends on this activation and anticipates it. If you are lacking the support to your spine that the core provides, your other muscles are going to suffer.

Yoga-Lates

Amy Morton, TFLiving Group Fitness Instructor and Certified Personal Trainer specializing in Yoga, Pilates, Meditation and breath work, provides a great description of this fusion of Yoga and Pilates. She describes Yoga-lates as: “The best of both worlds of mat pilates and Yoga, with deeper core work and conditioning while using control, balance and breath. My combination class provides a perfect blend of lengthening, stretching, strengthening and deepening your control and core strength.”

While Yoga has Eastern Indian roots dating back for thousands of years, Pilates is a much newer to the scene, having been crafted a little over a century ago by German native Physical Trainer Joseph Pilates. Yoga focuses on strength and flexibility, and integrates spirituality. Through long held, swift-moving postures and “grounding” positions to help you feel centered and balanced, Yoga aids flexibility and helps promote the ultimate relaxation. While it feels like a very similar format, Pilates brings a heavier element of core focus, with repetitive and small movements of isolated or full body muscle groups, while also helping tone the full body and promote endurance.

Benefits of Yoga-Lates

While many enthusiasts love the more aggressive approach that Pilates combines, indulging in Yoga-lates synergizes many of the added relaxation benefits that help balance the mind along with the body in an integrated, targeted workout. Here are the top benefits you can expect if you try a Yoga-Lates class:

  • Increased Flexibility
  • Muscle Toning
  • Detoxification
  • Calorie Burning
  • Stimulation of Internal Organs

Yoga-Core

Exactly as it sounds, a Yoga-Core class is centered around Yoga movements that specifically target the core. This foundational Yoga practice works to improve strengthening, grounding, and development of abdominal movements. Common standing poses help to build strength, while balancing asanas (postures) are included. Rather than concentrated and repetitive movements that boost the core but incorporate all muscle groups that you might have in a Yoga-Lates or Pilates class, a Yoga-Core workout hones in on breath work and control, with a focus specifically around the abdomen area.

The core is one of the most critical muscle groups to workout, and often the most challenging. Learn about two popular Yoga variations that break up the routine of traditional core exercises and provide a fun and engaging alternative to sit-ups and crunches.

Where to Enjoy These Interactive Core Workouts

If Yoga-Lates and Yoga-Core sound like something you’d love, be sure to reach out to us today to explore the possibility of featuring our virtual workouts in your community!

Catherine Rotman