6-Minute Yoga For Better Abs

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You already know that yoga is a natural detoxifier, yoga can help alleviate back pain, and yoga will help you sleep better. But did you know that yoga can also land you a strong core and enviable abs? Yep, yoga is basically a superhero. Since a great deal of core strength is involved in every part of a yoga practice, you can whittle your middle without a single crunch. Even if yoga isn’t your favorite way to sweat, give this workout a chance. We’ve pulled four of the best core strength yoga poses and put them into a workout routine you can do anytime and anywhere!

This series is simple to follow, individual in nature and can be done as a workout all on its own or, combined with another cardio or strength workout for added core benefit. Each pose shown below should be held for 30 seconds. The entire set will take three minutes to go through once and six minutes for the second time. Grab a yoga mat and let’s start!

1. High Plank

Chloe Freytag demonstrating High Plank pose in a blue tank top and yoga pants1) Begin on your hands and knees. Pull your abdominals in and step your feet back behind you until your legs are straight.

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2) Keep hands directly under shoulders and eyes at the front of your mat so your neck remains aligned.

3) Hold the abdominals and legs tight and make sure your back stays long. Avoid sagging in the low back.

4) If you struggle to hold the position, lower knees to mat while keeping everything else the same.

Hold for 30 seconds.

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