is a rock climber and passionate yoga enthusiast. Her classes are intended to help athletes of all types avoid injuries caused by strong tight muscles and to increase performance through improved range of motion.
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Its a common mistake for people to associate a strong core with strong abs. Instead, think of your core as the muscles connecting your upper and lower body. No matter what you're doing (climbing, practicing yoga or cleaning your house), the motion to make those movements originates and/or moves through your core. Thus, a weak or inflexible core can significantly affect how well you move. This makes building up a strong core critical to crank up your power, performance, balance and stability. Below are six of my favorite drills to build a strong core. Photos and links are from YogaJournal.com. And,...if you're looking for a great flow sequence, give this Twisting Core Flow by Baptiste Yoga a try. It'll kick your butt!
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For those brave souls that attended Wednesday's Yoga for Power & Flexibility class, you all did amazingly well! Before we started practicing handstand, we discussed how important it is to maintain strong straight arms during the inversion. Below are four of the arm drills we did to help prepare for adho mukha vrksasana (aka handstand) and to ultimately make achieving the pose a bit easier.