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Better Breathing for a Better 6-pack

Most of us can agree that as long as you are doing any kind of physical activity, you need to breathe.  We have learned that breathing and abdominal function are inseparable (link to our last post), this means that the volume of your abdomen should change as the volume of your lungs changes (assuming there is no change in pelvic floor tone). The instruction that you may have heard to suck in, or draw your navel towards your spine does not necessarily make you contract your abdominal wall (as with most general instructions, not everyone will do what it is Read more…

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“Core” training… are you doing it wrong???

“Core” is one of those yoga and fitness buzz words that has become highly popularized as a fitness marketing trend (feel free to count all of the ads you see in one day that include the word core), spawning all types of studio names, fusion classes and fitness fads.  There was even a time when “working on the core” became the ubiquitous answer for all physical ailments. Got back problems? Strengthen your core! Not so good with balance?  Train your core! Got shoulder pain?  Learn to move from your core! Want to look good in that bikini? More core! Core! Read more…

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Bad Yoga Tip # 5 – Boat Pose Works Your Abs?

You heard time and again the classic yoga pose, Paripurna Navasana (Boat Pose), described as the perfect ab toning move.  But is it really?  Well, that all depends on how it is taught.  For example, some teachers will describe the asana as a pose that one performs while balancing on the “sitting bones” (ischial tuberosities).   So it is natural to give a cue like, “roll forward towards your sitting bones to find the point of balance.”  But if you follow this cue you will only use your abdominal muscles to stabilize your torso (or your back extensors, depending on the shape of your Read more…

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