Lately, it seems that everyone I know is feeling a little out of balance. For me, this has manifested physically as my vertigo has returned. So recently I’ve been re-evaluating, and even took some time off. In my practice, I’ve been working on a standing yoga workout for balance and core using a yoga block.
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Yoga Workout for Balance & Core
In this 15-minute yogalates class for beginners, we focus on building core strength standing making this also a great yoga workout for balance and core. Remember that the core is more than the abdominals! Feel the burn, balance challenge, then relax and stretch. This short sequence has it all. We begin this class grounding in tadasana and uttanasana before beginning the workout. The first exercise uses the yoga block as a marker. Balancing on one leg raise the other knee up, thigh parallel to the floor. Keeping your balance tap the lifted foot to the yoga block and then return to the starting position.
For the second exercise, we begin with the same action. Leg lifted and tap the block. Then the lifted leg opens out to the side. Ensure here that the pelvis remains stable and doesn’t rotate to the side with the leg.
The final exercise in this yoga workout for the core and balance brings the yoga block up as a prop. You can also use a weight to make this more challenging. Standing again on one leg this time the lower body remains stationary, and the upper body moves. Lift the block up overhead, then across the body towards the hip of the lifted leg.
Repeat all of these exercises for about 10-15 repetitions, and ensure you do both sides! Notice any differences on each side. Which side is your balance better? Is your core stronger on one side? For the yoga portion come to forward fold and flow through easy kneeling lunge and 3-legged dog to open up the hips.
This short workout is a great way to work on balance for yoga poses, while also strengthening our core stabilizers. Add it into your practice any time for a short burst of heat, ending in some grounding and relaxation.
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- Is your core strong?
- Do you struggle with balance?
- Have you experienced vertigo?