Patrick tells you why the core is important, how to find your core, and how to strengthen your core with some basic yoga poses and their variations. (Boat Pose {navasana}, Side Plank {vasisthasana}, Locust {salabhasana}, Shoulderstand {sarvangasana}
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Hi this is Patrick from Yoga garden and today we're going to talk about the core. There is all these products telling you that they are going to strengthen and improve the core, like here's the vibro shape. It says on the box, "All the benefits, none of the efforts." That's an interesting one. But nobody is really talking about why you would want to strengthen your core or even what the core is since kind of this word out there. So in this video, we're going to try to get at the bottom of the core and try to understand why it's important because it is important. It's products just go on and on, and the thing I was riding in the beginning is the rodeo boy, this thing shakes you like a horse, and it's suppose to activate and strengthen your core muscles. You know all these stuff is so stupid they cost a lot of money and all you need to strengthen your core is your own body a little time and some effort. But before we get into that, let's talk about what is the core? I think a lot of people into the back of their minds have this image of the kind of body builder you know with a six pack, and these rippling muscles, but as all circus muscles is not what we are really talking about, We are talking about the core. These guys have strong cores but it's not the stuff you can see. You want to find your own core muscles lined up against the wall and relax. When you do this, you will be kind of at a space and back, where you can see some delay. Now, slowly make that space disappear. When we do this, you are getting the whole set of different muscles in your front and sides and your back. This is the core that we're trying to do today. And what's the big deal, anyway with these muscles? Why is it important to strengthen and have some knowledge of your core? Well to give you an image, let's imagine we're going to go to two circuses. At the first circus, the workers are really lazy. They don't tie the supporting lines of the big tent strongly or tightly enough, and you can imagine the outcome would be a wobbly, shapeless tent, in that big middle pole which go left and right, shake here and there, it wouldn't be a very safe or happy place to be. However at the second circus, workers make sure that these tent lines are really strongly tied. This means that the center pole is really stable because as being a post and apart from off 60 degrees. You can see where this is going, that's center pole is now I guess to your spine, and the lines of the tent are your core muscles, so a strong core means if your posture and spine would be hold erect, no other will have strength and stability behind. In yoga, we never do anything like a sit up or repeating the same action. This results in big muscle miscue, but they are mainly cosmetic. In yoga, we're trying to recommend inner muscles to actually do something in terms of supporting your body or help you to -- every pose uses the core to some extent, so just using yoga, you are going to strengthen your core, but these poses in particular will really target it and you will feel a big effect. First is Boat Pose. This is the one everybody thinks of when they think of core work. I have got to had core variations up here at the same time, that I won't waste your time. Each of these variations will work at different part of the core. You will feel it as soon as you start doing it so I won't go into detail. All of the first experience as long as you can without overstraining and keep your breath smooth. In boat pose, and in fact, any of the poses we're going to talk about today keep your face and your neck relaxed. I have seen some really strange faces from people who are doing this pose. When you clinch your neck and your face like that, the breath becomes sharp and shallow and that only makes the pose more difficult, so keep your breath even and you really doing. Boat pose tends to target the front of the body. These type link variations will really target the oblique muscle which are actually more importan

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