The Core is an essential part of your physical strength and stability. It can at the same time be translated into being the essence of the inner YOU, where you build inner strength and create the energy you use. The muscles involved are the ones which support the back, and access and contract the deeper abdominals, instead of just the “six-pack.” A basketball player who has good core control can both jump higher, shoot further and run faster. The same goes for any other sport. In real life the core is what keeps our back healthy and supported and our shoulder and hip girdle working in symphony! If you have good core control, it can save you from injuries you might be prone to. In essence, good core control means good posture, strength, flexibility and most of all stability. In the same way you can use the core as an analogy for building inner strength and energy for life.
You train your body and soul to pay attention to and appreciate YOU by building inner strength and energy from within. Of course it is not a one day or one week process but the beauty of this kind of journey is that the actual progress of feeling better, stronger and more balanced motivates you to go further.
One of the best core exercises I know is a Plank, or Back Extension. Here’s how to do it:
1) Lay face down on the floor, and extend your arms over your head. Now lift arms and legs into a back extension and contact all muscles in the back of your body. Make sure your head is facing down. Hold for 5-10 seconds.
2) Now bring the hands to chest height on the floor and raise your body up slowly in a triceps push up, also known as a Chadaranga in Yoga. Add an ab crunch when arms are extended, on top of the push up. Hold for 5-10 seconds.
3) Mind your breath and stay aligned with the tailbone tucked under and belly button pulled in towards your spine. Repeat about 10-15 times and you will have a full body, core based exercise, strengthening and stabilizing your entire body.
For more core exercises, you can check out my 8 minute Ball Workout video, and do the exercises a few time until you know them. Then try to do some of the moves while visualizing how the energy is created within, in the center of your stomach, as a white bright light, which warms your whole body up, and creates that uplifting feeling of joy. Move the light energy around in your body, send it through the room, and share it with people you love to your minds eye.
Good luck and let me know how it’s going.