Yoga Journal

TAP YOUR CORE POWER SOURCE

Source: INITIATE MOVEMENT FROM YOUR COREENGAGE YOUR LOW BELLYCREATE AWARENESS FROM CORE TO CROWN AND FROM CORE TO TAIL TO HEELSBALANCE EFFORT AND EASERADIATE THROUGH YOUR INNER THIGHS

Surely there are no more evocative words in the practice of yoga than these two: core strength. They point you to the vital force that holds you steady in your asana, keeps you upright in your standing poses, lends vitality in backbends, and enables you to maintain balance. Without a strong physical center, every pose you do is in danger of falling apart from the inside out. Core strength is what lets you keep it all together.

However, that’s only half the story. “Core strength” also refers to the spiritual, ethical, and emotional essence of who you truly are. In the same way that your physical muscles hold you upright during practice, so, too, does this subtler essence support your life. This kind of core strength gives you the power you need to act in a way that’s aligned with your innermost values—the very purpose of your life. When you engage the core with a multidimensional understanding, you’ll find that you can strengthen your back, abs, and thighs, and also your highest Self (yes, with a capital S). It takes effort and awareness, but yoga practice provides the opportunity to evolve. The core is where we start.

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