Yoga for your Abs

This is a post by PumpUp member Marinka Essel. Follow her on PumpUp @rinkae and on Instagram (rinkae_)

Yoga calms your mind and body, but it can also serve as a cardio exercise that will make you sweat! Don’t believe me? You will feel a lot better and relaxed after yoga due to its constant focus on your breath. 

In this routine you will be actually performing a continuous flow of moves instead of a single pose after pose. You will build up sweat while targeting your abdominals when moving in this ashtanga yoga-inspired flow, which also has weight loss benefits. Ashtanga requires more strength and the routine is more fast paced than a hatha yoga class for example.

The correct breathing technique makes yoga become a focused flow of different movements. With  every inhale and exhale you do something else, unless you are required to stay in a pose for certain amount of breaths. Connecting your breathing into the movements will make your practice easier.

Using the relaxing benefits of yoga and mixing it up with poses that target your core, you end up having a nice cardio flow. 

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