Core work gets a lot of press these days — and rightfully so. Having a strong core is not about creating washboard abs. It’s about having an engaged core where the abdominal muscles (intercostals, obliques, serratus, and rectus abdominus), lower back, and hip flexors work together to improve posture, range of motion, and structural alignment, while simultaneously firing up the third chakra (manipura).
Our third chakra, manipura, is known as our power center. It governs our will, confidence, autonomy, and our ability to meet goals and tackle life’s challenges head-on. When our core is strong and our third chakra is activated, we naturally stand up straighter while feeling more confident, empowered, and centered.
Here are 10 of the best yoga poses to fire up your core and power up the third chakra. Practice each pose three to five long, slow, deep breaths before moving on to the next. Build up to repeating the entire sequence two or three times.