Day 9: The Belly Bonfire Flow
Get ready to fire it up!
Main Points for Today:
An important, but often misused aspect of your core strength is the rectus abdominis, or the front abs that go from your sternum to pubic bone.
They help you curl in, or flex your torso, aka: doing a sit up or round your back in hands and knees Cat Cow Pose.
What many people, even longtime yoga and fitness instructors don’t know, is that, anatomically, these muscles are meant to pull you back from being in too much of a back-bend shape without support, to keep you at neutral, as if you’re standing tall in good alignment, not working them into over-curved shapes as an exercise form.
Too many big sit up motions and curls, even in a ‘healing’ practice like yoga, can compress down the front of your lumbar spine, and push out your low back and sacral curves.
This can lead to more low back/SI joint pain, strain and ultimately—injury—not less!
Remember, you can use the psoas as your primary mover, and then let the outer abs work more subtly, instead of forcing them to do all the work. Think of your Posts Power lesson as you add on more ab work during this class.
Today you’ll activate and stretch the rectus muscles in a new way—to keep them strong and toned without negatively impacting your spine’s natural flow. I’m adding in a fun and fierce Yoga Shred move designed to give you that extra heat, definition and burn that means you are core stronger than ever—while still loving up your low back!
See you on the mat!
Thanks for starting a belly bonfire with me today! I hope you feel that 🔥!