Since most of us are cooped up at home for the time being, we sure are going to have to get creative with our workouts! My go-to app for home workouts has been the Playbook app, where my favorite yoga instructors Tova Tditty (IG: @tditty2) and Morgan Tyler (IG: @findingmorgantyler) post new workouts all the time. Tova does a fantastic job of integrating yoga with strength training and Morgan is the creator of Ab Asanas, a program that focuses on core yoga workouts.
I did Tova’s Yoga Body Obliques and Muffin Top workout the other day and I absolutely loved it so I thought I would share a few of my favorite moves! The best part about this workout is that the moves don’t seem very difficult, but you will be very sore the next day if you do a minimum of 20 reps per move. My obliques and lower back muscles were sore for two days! Make sure you stretch afterwards, I’ve offered a couple of ideas but feel free to add in whatever feels good to you.
Tree pose in itself is a great core workout, so why not add in some twisting to really strengthen the obliques! Find an unmoving focal point to look at so it’s easier to keep your balance. To modify this move, you can do tree pose with the ball of your foot on the ground for more stabilization.
These are almost identical to the Cactus Tree Twists, except instead of coming all the way back to center in between each twist, you are just going to pulse to one side.
Ok, I know I said that none of these moves seem difficult, but these ones can definitely start to burn if you hold a low enough squat. I love this move because it’s a core and leg workout combo, the more muscles that are working the better!
All credit for naming this move goes to Tova, it definitely looks like an oil rig moving up and down. Not only is this one great for strengthening the obliques, it also stretches out the hamstrings and works the lower back muscles.
I had to include this move because it was something I had never done before and it feels more like a full body workout than just core work. I saved the planks for last since everyone loves them so much (wink wink)!
Hip-ups are a pretty standard side plank move, but boy are they effective!
My absolute favorite pose to do after working my abs is upward dog, or the more advanced version: seal pose. I also like to throw in some supine twists and a childs pose to neutralize the lower back. Repeat this workout twice or even three times for a real belly burning exercise!
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