20-Minute Sequence for a Strong + Stable Core

Designed especially for mothers, this core work with leg lifts and lunges is for those moments when children push you to your very edge.
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Designed especially for mothers, this core work with leg lifts and lunges is for those moments when children push you to your very edge.

This is a practice for all mothers, whether pregnant or facing an empty nest, recently post-
partum or recently adoptive, single or partnered. It is equally appropriate for the highest highs of parenting and for those moments when children push you to your very edge. It’s a practice focused on building your core—a strong physical core and a strong emotional core to sustain you through the overwhelming love and challenges of motherhood.

Warm-up
Start seated with your hips propped on a blanket or block, and find your breath. Allow your eyes to close, and scan your body to notice how it feels at this moment. Stay here for 5—10 minutes, until you begin to feel ease in your breath.

Practice tips
If you’re a new mom (for the first or fifth time), listen with particular care to your body’s needs and messages. Start slowly and ease into the more challenging poses and a longer practice over time. If you recently delivered via C-section, get clearance from your doctor before engaging in any movement or physical activity. Your daily schedule may be unpredictable (and very, very full). So when you do find time to practice (or even just fully inhale and exhale), feel into your body and your being, and come back into your center.

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