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Ever felt yourself going through the motions of a yoga pose without focus or purpose? I think most yogis who’ve been practicing for a while have this experience, at least sometimes.
Several years ago, I found myself rushing through the Sun Salutation, praying for the series to end so I could move on to asanas I enjoyed more. I hated the way the pose strained my wrist and left me breathless, and it seemed to take forever to get through five or six of them. But since appreciating whatever you’re doing is a key spiritual teaching, I knew I had to do something to change my perspective.
Today, I would like to share one of the best core exercises I know, which is a plank/back extension.
Lie face down on the floor, and extend your arms over your head. Now lift your arms and legs into a back extension, and contract all muscles in the back of your body. Make sure your head is facing down. Hold for five to 10 seconds.