Hell yes!! This is what I have been saying for years now!! I hear all the time, "I need to work on my core." It drives me nuts. This why you do not need to focus on your core. Just exercise and you core will get stronger, but you will still be able to move the way your body needs to.
I’ve always been pretty skeptical of yoga, having been a devout believer that frequenting the gym was a far superior method of staying in shape than doing stretches half naked with some dude who is most likely a metrosexual. I have to warn you though… don’t wait until your late 20s like I did to start trying some of these yoga exercises. Since I started working out in high school I’ve done crunches and using ab belts nearly every day, and although I’ve always had a decent amount of muscle everywhere else, I could never really tone my core muscles as much as I wanted. About a year ago, my friend showed me some basic yoga exercises like the cobra pose, and just from doing those for about an hour a day, I’ve gotten better results than I did from all those years of doing crunches. Now I finally have that cut, jesus on the cross abs and obliques (I actually have pics from the way they looked before and after: <a href=”http://mymusclevideo.com/thumbs/917.jpg”>doing yoga</a> abs and <a href=”http://www.theflexbelt.com”>ab belt</a> abs).
I am one of those people who have been "blessed" with six pack abs that required little effort to maintain. I also have practially no natural curve in my lumbar spine, and even the simplest back bends require enormous effort. I have worked hard for over a year to improve this, and FINALLY my low back has loosened enough that for the first time, I can actually feel my abdominal muscles stretch while draped over a large gym ball.
I tried many times to loose weight, i would search the web for the best exercises to loose weight especialy belly fat! I would find many articles and still photos showing what to do, but never seemed to get it right, but then i came across a site that show videos of various exercies (http://www.loseabdominalfatvideos.com/) which helped me visualise and see the exercises in practice!
Body image is a significant problem when it comes to public health, particularly with girls and young women. I'm glad that Yoga Journal has pointed that out but it's time to look in your own mirror and on the covers of the magazine and its pages and realize that the images of beautiful, slim, young women that you are presenting are exactly the standard that marketing gurus continue to portray.
Lot of things to be learned from this article.
a weakened spinal structure and flat abs may look good now, but in 20 years when you are completely hunched over and you cannot stand up to answer the door or lift your neck to be able to drive, good luck...and good luck with getting someone to help clean you up after the washroom; the entire spine; erector spinae muscles, abs-multifidis etc work as a group-stand up straight and treat your body well, the abs will flatten themselves.
amy avid yogi can hold ab exercises twice as long as gym rats :)
Thank you for a good and sensible article. One criticism, however. I've served in the armed forces and am a student of military history, so I know that good commanders expect good soldiers to follow their intuition while following orders. Intuitive improvising in the face of danger and setbacks wins wars and saves lives.
What is the use of having lots of energy in the gut when you get to look pregnant all the time? Six Pack Abs rock all the way! And if flexibility and freedom of movement and the flattening of the lumbar curvevand a weakened spinal structure is the price of having a washboard tummy, I'd gladly pay it. I only have 1 life, and I choose to live it in a body with beautiful abs. I don't give a ____ about Indian Spiritual Experts and their flab bellies.
Finally someone explains how you can do diaphramatic breathing without expanding transverse abdominis too much. If anyone knows where more material on this is, please post.