Yoga Challenge Day 5: Abs With Roll

The low belly is a powerful area, both physically and psychologically. Energetically, power and commitment reside in this area. Physically, the muscles in this area keep the digestive area humming along, and the low back strong and relaxed. Tune into the swirling feeling of energy that is stirred up by the end of this pose - feel that delicious movement and excitement the body feels when everything is active and engaged and ready to take on the world. As Denise says in the video, this is an area that we tend to numb out on. Check back into this area, center your thoughts on the revitalisation and good things happening - say goodbye to numb and hello to sensation.

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Comment by Lea Reinbolt Cornell on April 16, 2010 at 1:29pm
I'm not a fan of crunches, so this is a great alternative. I have used a yoga block in place of the rolled beach towel.
Comment by Denise Hopkins on April 16, 2010 at 1:24pm
Hell Jes,
Thanks for your feedback on the Ab sequence. You are absolutely correct about not pulling on the neck while lifting up. The reason we come out of the pose by rolling to our sides and keeping the head and neck relaxed is to retrain our necks to work in a relaxed way. We strain our necks enough in life, that sometime it is habitual to jerk in and out of poses. This allows for a more intelligent way to coming up.
Comment by Trish Martin on April 16, 2010 at 11:54am
Clear guidance on how to strengthen core without compromising lower back. Thank you once again for sharing your videos to Yoga Bear. Can't wait for the next one.
Comment by Jim on April 16, 2010 at 10:54am
gentle, but effective core strengthener if done properly
Comment by Veronica Rottman on April 16, 2010 at 10:40am
Core strengthening is key for a strong yoga practice!
Comment by Stephanie Skiba on April 16, 2010 at 10:36am
I liked the use of the prop and the instructions to pause. I'm going to practice with my teenager after school today! She enjoys Yoga Bear too!
Comment by Elizaabeth McKinley on April 16, 2010 at 10:19am
thanks, I need more easy ways to fit in ab work. very useful, thanks!
Comment by Diane Ferraro on April 16, 2010 at 10:10am
Ohhh, I love the core strengtheners! Strong stomach leads to healthy and happy back :)
Comment by Carol Mazur on April 16, 2010 at 8:37am
What a nice gentle way to work on abs, not as aggressive as most ab work.
Comment by jes on April 16, 2010 at 8:26am
I thought this was great. I loved that the pace was slow allowing me to engage the muscles rather than use momentum. I would have liked to hear a caution not to pull on your neck with your arms. I was also wondering why as we sit up we come up sideways, passively stretching the right side of the neck, rather than rollingthe torso further to face the floor and rolling up.

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