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Yoga for a Strong Core

Two Fit Moms: 4 Belly-Toning Core Exercises

Here are 4 yoga-inspired, belly-toning exercises that you can do in the comfort of your own home, on your own time.

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We at Two Fit Moms know that strengthening the core is a struggle for many — especially moms, who often lack the time to practice and re-build muscle. Here are four yoga-inspired, belly-toning exercises that you can do in the comfort of your own home, on your own time. Begin with one exercise at a time, and eventually add all four to your practice.

Dolphin Plank Pose with Movement

Two Fit Moms perform Dolphin Planks with movement.

Start off in Plank Pose and slowly lower down onto your forearms. Forearms are parallel to each other and elbows are in line with your shoulders. Slowly roll onto the outside edge of your right foot, stack the left foot on top of the right, and extend the left arm high (think Side Plank). Pull the belly in, lift the hips, and lengthen the tailbone down toward the heels. Add a twist on your exhalations to strengthen the obliques and back muscles by bringing the left hand underneath the right side body. Inhale back up and repeat four more times. Return to Dolphin Plank and repeat on the other side.

See alsoYoga for Moms: Re-establishing Your Connection to Your Core

One-Legged Planks

Two Fit Moms perform One-Legged Planks.

Once again, start off in Plank Pose. Shoulders stack over the heels of the hands, fingertips are spread wide, and your core is engaged. Lift your right foot up and hover. On the exhale, slowly shift your weight forward, bringing the right knee high up toward the outside of your right triceps. Bend the elbows, hugging them into the sides of your body (Chaturanga arms). Inhale, straighten your arms, stepping the right foot back into Plank Pose. Repeat on the left side. Start off by doing one or two on each side and work yourself up to 10 of these core-strengtheners.

See also Core Concept: Soften Your Middle for a Stronger Core

Eagle Crunches

Two Fit Moms perform Eagle Crunches.

Lie down on your back. Find supine Eagle arms by bringing the right elbow underneath the left and connecting the hands or back of the hands together. Find supine Eagle legs by crossing the right leg over the left and hooking the top of the right foot behind the left calf. On the inhale, bring the right big toe to touch the ground and the arms are parallel with your face. On the exhale, crunch, bringing the right elbow to the right knee. Repeat 5–10 times, then do the left side.

See also12-Minute Core Strength Sequence (for Real People)

Flying Crow

Two Fit Moms perform Flying Crows.

Start by standing on your mat and extending your arms out in front of you. Flex at the wrists. Inhale, bend your knees. Exhale, jump! Try to bring your knees up toward your triceps. Repeat four more times.

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