Yoga Journal

HARD CORE

Source: Engage your transverse abdominis by drawing the belly back and up.

When you see yogis doing an arm balance with finesse, they look as light as a feather. They make the pose look so easy that you might forget how much strength it requires. But the inverse is actually true—to make a difficult pose look effortless, you need to be plenty strong.

Yoga doesn’t build brute force; it teaches you to cultivate the strength that results from physical integration and connection. Physical integration is that

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