5 Yoga Moves for a Stronger Core


Extended Side Angle (Utthita Parsvakonasana)

Start with your feet three and a half to four feet apart and your arms reaching out to your sides, parallel to the floor. Turn your left foot in slightly, and your right foot out 90 degrees, making sure that your heels are in line with each other. Bend your right knee so that it is directly over your right ankle and your shin is perpendicular to the floor. Don't let your knee collapse inward; instead, press it back, opening up the hips. Reach your left arm straight up toward the ceiling, and then over the back of your left ear, palm facing the floor. Try to lengthen the entire left side of your body, from heel to fingertip. Reach your right arm down and press your fingertips or palm into the floor, just outside your right foot. Push your right knee back against your inner arm. Repeat on the other side.

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