Master Baptiste Yoga teacher Leah Cullis, who will lead Yoga Journal'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), offers 10 poses that tone your abs and strengthen your core, helping you tap into your personal power on and off the mat.
The core is the power source within the body, so strong abs are so much more than something to strive for in the summer. Powerful abdominal muscles support your everyday movements, improve your posture, and stabilize your lower back. On the mat, strong abs create more efficient movements throughout every pose. There is power in moving from your physical center and cultivating core strength. Off the mat, this deep source of strength allows you to move through the world with more grace and ease, and puts you in touch with your personal power.
These 10 poses target the crucial core muscles, as well as engage and empower your total-body strength. In this sequence, we’ll focus on toning and strengthening your abs. I suggest starting with 3–5 rounds of both Sun Salutation A and Sun Salutation B as a warm-up.