Feel the cylinder of the core working in today’s class. It’s not necessarily about the amount of movement, but the speed at which you move today. With any core movement, your breathing is imperative.
Less is more and rotate externally from the central axis. You want to engage the core and feel the ribs rotate along the spine. Your goal is to stay connected to the core. Look to open up space in the ribs and all across the midsection. A strong core will hold you as you move through space.
Create extension in the hip by keeping the glutes engaged. Bend your elbow and further stretch that hip flexor, but be sure NOT to dip the pelvis or drive the femur forward. Load your hands in handstand and really feel the energy being driven from the floor and through your core as it works up to your feet.
Remember not to ‘droop’ into your joints - it’s all about pulling up into your core. And don’t forget to breathe! So many people forget to do so and are caught holding their breath. That’s part of opening up the midsection and creating space - remember to simply breathe!
Come into savasana so that your palms are facing up and your skull is resting on the floor. Sometimes you just have to do less to actually get more to build the strength in your core. Stay in this position for as long as you need. When you’re ready, open your mouth for a full and complete exhale. Bring your arms in line with your ears and reach your fingers and toes apart and draw into your core while focusing on breathing technique.
May this practice reinforce our connection to our core. With this strength we can actually do more by doing less. Draw from your inner strength for more patience, generosity, and compassion both on and off the mat. Thank you. Namaste!
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