Annie Carpenter dove deep into the core at YJ LIVE San Diego, offering accessible alignment cues and a creative sequence to help maximize core stability. Take home more tools like this to tune up your practice at YJ LIVE San Francisco (Jan. 13-16, 2017) and New York (Apr. 21-14, 2017).
Most active people appreciate that core stability is a non-negotiable aspect of functional movement and a healthy spine. Most yogis also understand that washboard abs don’t necessarily equate actual core strength. While the more superficial abdominal muscles (like the six-pack) do contribute to the core’s stabilizing action, creating the complex effect that we refer to as “core stability” requires a number of coordinated muscular engagements. Thus core strength can tend to remain somewhat of a mystery to the casual yogi. As a general rule, movement is created by muscles working in groups, not in isolation. The core is no exception, and therefore merits a detailed study as well.
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Jenni Tarma is a Los Angeles-based yoga teacher, runner and CrossFitter. She is certified in teaching Yoga For Athletes (via Sage Rountree), is a RRCA Distance Running Coach, and is currently studying with Tiffany Cruikshank for her 500hr Yoga Medicine certification. She loves to move, and believes yoga is the athlete’s key to form, function and focus! Find her on Instagram: @jennitarma and www.jennitarma.com.