Let's face it, there's nothing sexier than a lean, toned stomach! Throughout the ages a six-pack has been the mark of strength, fitness, charisma and appeal. Not only do these muscles look good but they serve very practical purposes in all types of movements. A combination of the rectus abdominus, transverse abdominus, external and internal obliques allow our torso to move miraculously in all sorts of directions.
Now what does a six-pack have to do with yoga? First, yogis believe that a strong digestive system is the keystone for overall health and wellness. Second, the core is connected to the third chakra, "Manipura." This chakra is connected to our confidence and self-esteem. The more robust our confidence is, the more likely it is we'll overcome obstacles, resistance, insecurity, self-doubt, and fear. This means we live an incredibly empowered life seeing our goals, visions, and dreams become reality.
For these movements, inhale through the nose and try to exhale through the mouth. I suggest doing this routine three times a week. Move with awareness and mindfulness. Be sure to follow a healthy, nutritional plan to get that awesome washboard look.