Updated: Dec 5, 2020
Having a strong core throughout your yoga practice is very, *very* important. Whether you’re aware of it or not almost every movement in yoga involves your core. While you flow through each pose you use your core to initiate each movement and transfer force through one extremity to another. Your core muscles act as an isometric or dynamic stabilizer when you move your body. So while you’re working on a sun salutation or standing tall in Mountain or Tree pose, with the help of proper breath work, your core helps you keep your balance and lightly Tightens your core and even helps build your pelvic floor at the same time. If the abdominal wall that holds the abdominal organs nice and strong, it’ll improve digestion and elimination.
Spiritually, enhancing your core through yoga will allow you to access your third chakra, also known as the Solar Plexus chakra. The Solar Plexus Chakra is the power center above your navel, which will increase muscular strength and higher energies throughout the day. When this chakra is out of harmony, it can be slightly detrimental to our mental state/health. You’ll feel the need to dominate and have control. There is a strong need to put on fronts, keep up appearances and we relate to the world and function in the world with deep feelings of inadequacy. Overall, we do not have respect for ourselves and could even develop self hate. We may give away our power to other people, leaving us with no sense of self at all. When this chakra is in balance, we feel very centered in our sense of self, grounded and complete. We know our self worth and we we develop our personal power in healthy ways, staying connected to our inner resources and strength. We can maintain a sense of balance between the material world and spiritual world. We develop acceptance and tolerance, not only for others but also for ourselves. We feel deep peace within and calmness. Restorative yoga is a more gentle type of yoga, typically done with cushions, pillows, bolsters, etc.. It’s most commonly used to help activate the body’s relaxation response and the main objective is to achieve the deepest opening possible. It will enable the par6cipant to create space and get in touch with their natural qualities of compassion and understanding of others and self. A 60-90 minute long restorative yoga session provides the space and 6me for physical and mental recovery. Doing restorative yoga will decrease stress hormones; decreasing cor6sol levels which can be associated with high blood pressure, weight gain and heart disease. A few more benefits include: Improved sleep, balances the nervous system and enhances flexibility.