A yoga routine for abs: Tired of the endless crunches and sit ups in your quest for the ever-elusive six-pack abs? Overwhelming your core with exercises in an attempt to get ripped can sometimes have negative effects on your back and general ability to move freely. Try out this yoga routine for strong and flexible abs.
Cody’s Yoga Routine for Abs:
Begin by laying with your back on the floor, legs extended, and arms at your side. Inhale and engage your core to raise your legs and torso at the same time so that you rise and balance into full boat pose. Exhale and slowly lower your legs and torso back to the floor in a controlled movement. Repeat this 5-10 times.
Begin by sitting on the floor with your legs extended, and your hands on the floor slightly behind your buttocks. Inhale and lift your hips, shifting your weight to your hands and heels. Hold the reverse plank for a few breaths, then lower and repeat 5-10 times.
From your reverse plank, shift your weight to one hand and rotate your whole body to face the side. Bring your open arm above your head to stretch your obliques. “Pulse” your hips 5-10 times, by raising and lowering them a few inches, then repeat on the other side.
Lay with your back against the floor, your knees bent, and your arms at your sides with your palms pressed against the floor. Slowly bring your knees up and into your chest, rolling your weight onto your shoulders and upper back, so that your spine receives a slight massage during this movement, ending with your legs extended over your head. Then reverse the movement and roll down your spine as your return your legs to the ground. Repeat moving in and out of plow pose 5-10 times.
End with a nice abdominal stretch such as bridge pose. Try to straighten your arms for a full bridge, but take care not to strain your back.