Master Baptiste Yoga teacher Leah Cullis, who will lead YJ's upcoming online course Pillars of Power Yoga (sign up here to be the first to know when this fitness- and focus-boosting course launches), demonstrates the following "Twist and Flow" sequence, which will fire up your core and unlock your inner power.
The core is the power center within the body, and core strength impacts every pose. Powerful abdominal muscles help to create more ease and efficiency in your movements and transitions both on and off the mat. This twisting flow sequence will help you get deep into your core to unlock power, strength, and lightness. Bonus: Twisting poses also rinse the body and vital organs of toxins and excess.
Generate ujjayi breath to set the rhythm for your twisting flow. I recommend holding each pose for five breaths the first time through as you explore each pose. To build even more heat and flow, move through the sequence two or three more times at one breath per movement. Before you begin this sequence, warm up with at least 3 rounds of Sun Salutation A and Sun Salutation B. After you complete the sequence, I recommend finishing with 10 breaths in Half Pigeon on each side, a Seated Forward Bend, and a supine twist on each side.