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The Importance of Core Strength


Posted by Esther E of Ekhart Yoga under Yoga on 29 November 2013 at 12:00 AM

Having a strong core can make a big difference in your life. General things like walking or sitting down and specific activities like sports or practicing yoga, becomes easier with a strong core.

Core Strength - yoga postures, power in yogaMany of us tend to use our outer body (limbs & superficial muscles) to move, especially when we are asked to move in a specific way in sports or Yoga. It is important and can be very helpful to learn how to break the habit of moving only from the outer body. When we move only from the outer body we load unnecessary layers of tension onto ourselves. 

Real power comes from activating the deep core line of our body, especially when we manage to keep the outer body soft and flexible. Power in yoga poses for example, comes when we put effort in grounding down through our foundation while drawing the core in and up. This would be the same in every sport situation. 

The foundation is what touches the floor. When standing, it would be the feet. In push-ups, your feet and hands are the foundation. See if you can feel the difference between just having the hands and feet on the floor, while hanging in the joints. Or when you actually push the foundation actively down while at the same time drawing your core in and up. You might feel a press and rebound effect, making you feel lighter.

Through relaxing the outer body, you access inner strength. When you are only strong in the outer body, but weak in the core, you may develop back problems and all sorts of other injuries.

Deep Core LineNow let's talk about what the deep core line is? The deep core line is a continuous, whole connected facial unit along the skeleton. It begins in the toes, moves through the inner arch, inside the shin, through the back and sides of the knees, through the inner thighs, psoas, quadratus lumborum, inside the ribcage, through the heart and lungs, and the tongue. The deep core line plays a major role in the body’s stability and buoyancy.

When we press the foundation down and pull the core in and up in whatever we do, we activate the deep core line and work from inner strength rather then from outer strength. Our outer body can stay soft and we create greater core strength and a healthy core generated alignment.

To learn how to do this, and to feel the difference, follow this yoga video from Marlene Henny

When you get this you will start to balance stability with mobility and strength with freedom. Well… what more do you want!

So get on your mat and learn to create proper core strength with yoga…