Last week I told (and showed) you how important your core is for your yoga practice.
It would be easy (and understandable) to believe that the “you” who practices yoga is somehow different from the “you” of your everyday life.
We tend to be our most relaxed, aware, and conscious selves in yoga. This can feel like a contrast to the stressed and aching person we are in our daily life.
But yoga is not a vacation or an escape from life. Yoga is meant to give you tools — awareness, consciousness, strength — to carry back into your day-to-day living.
Your core matters just as much in life as it does in yoga.
As I wrote last week, your core muscles support the abdominal cavity and your spine. They keep you lifted and prevent the body from collapsing forward.
So therefore, these muscles are important for any activity where you are upright. Think: walking, running, sitting, and driving.
Strong core muscles provide good posture. Good posture means less tension in the neck, shoulders, and low back. Good posture also means improved digestion, circulation, and energy flow.
The core also contributes to your sense of balance. While the inner ear governs much of our ability to balance, the core is what allows us to shift and balance our body weight from front-to-back and right-to-left. I’m not even talking about fancy balances like Half Moon pose or Warrior 3. I’m talking about the everyday balancing acts like putting your socks on, standing on tip-toes to reach a tall shelf, and walking on a slippery floor or ice.
Here’s some visual proof to show the effects of your core in everyday life:
Your turn: where do you feel a difference?
How is your posture right now, as you’re reading this? What happens when you bring a little awareness to your core? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
In a few days I will be announcing a new program called Compassionate Core. This 12-day virtual training includes the best-of-the-best core exercises and practices to help you develop a strong supportive core, compassionately. Stay tuned for more details and a special preview next week!
Love and life,