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Core-Carving Yoga Poses

Aug 20 2014 - 3:21am

Bathing suit season may be coming to an end (sniff, sniff), but you still want to maintain strong, toned abs. It will not only prevent back pain, improve your balance and posture, and make running and other sports feel easier, but you'll also feel confident in and out of your clothes. Keep reading to learn these nine poses that target your core.

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Warrior 3

Balancing on one leg really challenges your core! If you're not using your abs to stabilize in this pose, you'll likely tip over. Here's how to find your inner warrior.

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Camel

A classic backbend that increases spinal flexibility, Camel [4] also works your core muscles and opens tight shoulders.

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Dolphin Plank

Even yogis love elbow planks, but we call them something else. An elbow plank by any other name will still work your abs.

Photo: Jenny Sugar

Balancing Star

This pose is a side plank on crack . . . in a good way. Your obliques will certainly feel the challenge while you balance in this starry pose.

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Crow

Arm balances require more than arm strength; they're really about your core! Thinking of this as an ab exercise can help you hone in on the balance needed to maintain this pose.

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Boat

Boat pose is the go-to move for abs in yoga. It really challenges all four layers of your abdominals, similar to the Balance Point in Pilates [11]. Get ready for some smooth sailing.

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Intense East

Believe it or not, you're totally working your abs even as you expose your belly to the sky. Pulling your low abs up and in while arching your spine makes this pose feel easier.

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Eight Crooked Limbs Prep

The pose called Eight Crooked Limbs [16] really works your upper body, but this prep pose for it is a killer move for your abs.

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Headstand B

Work your abs upside down in this Headstand variation [18].

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