Get your CORE on!

Now that I have your attention......

When many people think about a strong core, they picture someone with six pack abs ( like our model above)  but our functional core is a little more complex than this six pack set of muscles and in actual fact, super defined abs says NOTHING about how strong your overall core truly is.

Some Anatomy....YOUR ABDOMINALS

 THE SIX-PACK MUSCLE IS THE RECTUS ABDOMINUS AND IS ACTUALLY JUST THE MOST SUPERFICIAL (CLOSEST TO THE SKIN) OF OUR FOUR ABDOMINAL MUSCLES.  IT RUNS VERTICALLY ALONG THE FRONT OF THE ABDOMEN AND WHEN IT CONTRACTS, IT PULLS THE RIB CAGE AND PELVIS TOWARD EACH OTHER, USUALLY RESULTING IN A ROUNDED SPINE (SPINAL FLEXION) AND/OR A TUCKED PELVIS (POSTERIOR TILT).  THINK OF BIRD POSE -  RECTUS HELPS TO CREATE THE ROUNDING ACTION NEEDED

THE SIX-PACK MUSCLE IS THE RECTUS ABDOMINUS AND IS ACTUALLY JUST THE MOST SUPERFICIAL (CLOSEST TO THE SKIN) OF OUR FOUR ABDOMINAL MUSCLES.  IT RUNS VERTICALLY ALONG THE FRONT OF THE ABDOMEN AND WHEN IT CONTRACTS, IT PULLS THE RIB CAGE AND PELVIS TOWARD EACH OTHER, USUALLY RESULTING IN A ROUNDED SPINE (SPINAL FLEXION) AND/OR A TUCKED PELVIS (POSTERIOR TILT).  THINK OF BIRD POSE -  RECTUS HELPS TO CREATE THE ROUNDING ACTION NEEDED

 

WAIT!  AREN'T MY ABDOMINALS MY CORE?

No, your abdominal muscles are actually not your core - at least, not in and of themselves.  Your functional “core” is actually made up of all of the muscles which stabilise your spine as you move - also often referred to as your “core stabilisers” There are lots of them and they include the superficial muscles like the 6 pack and the multi-layered muscles of your spine, your pelvic floor musculature, your back muscles, and the muscles that stabilise your shoulder blades, and your respiratory diaphragm AND your deep core line which runs closest the bone on the front body starts from the arches of your feet through to the base of tongue – really! 

When all of these muscles are functioning well, they will successfully keep your spine and pelvis stable and protected as you twist, squat, climb, bend over, lift heavy objects, and generally move your way through life.   integrating the whole core gives you stability without rigidity and mobility without instability.

Our sense of ‘the core’ can be narrowly defined due to media portrayal of 6 pack or fitness programs that place too much emphasis on working the superficial 6 pack core resulting in many people who have visibly defined abs but weak and tight cores.

Understanding the interconnected role that this large group muscles, bones, fascia and organs play in stabilising our spine and pelvis allows us to understand our bodies and move our bodies in the way they were designed to move.  

HOW YOGA HELPS

Because of the integrative, total body involvement of Core Vinyasa Yoga and the unique positions and transitions the body is taken exposed to the core body is recruited functional whole.   Basically, come to you Yoga and you are sorted!