Yoga for Abs & Follow-Along Routine

Yoga for Abs & Follow-Along Routine

Getting cut defined abs with yoga requires two things: a developed strong core & a diet that lowers your body fat percentage enough to show off those abs. Essentially, abs are made in the kitchen & the studio. Below I’ll share with you why yoga is great for your abs & one of my favorite yoga flows for abs and a strong core.

Why Yoga Is Great at Developing Abs

Contrary to popular belief, yoga isn’t just about your legs. In fact, many strength-based yoga practices involve a lot of core work that targets your abs, obliques, and posterior chain. Unlike traditional exercises like crunches or sit-ups, yoga can target your lower, mid, and upper abs through an array of exercises.

Even movements such as warrior 2, though not directly targeting your abs, still involves your abs to properly engage and hold the position.

You’ll seldomly find any position in yoga that doesn’t require activating and engaging your core to get that full ab activation.

Why Sit-Up Are Bad for Abs

For many people, sit-ups are their go-to for an ab focused exercise, but let me tell you why it’s bad.

  1. It’s inefficient – The sit-up movement only works on your abs in the crunch, but after moving up it works your hip flexors
  2. It can cause back pain – The movement isn’t optimal for your lower back and tail bone.
  3. There are better exercises for targeting your abs.

So don’t waste your time doing countless sit-ups, because truthfully there are better exercises that can target your abs with more intensity and save you time.

Why You Focus on Your Core Not Just Abs

Most of us would love a chisel 6-pack. However, focusing too much on your abs can lead to imbalances that cause back-pain or even knee-pain. This is because without also working your posterior chain (the muscles on your back), your spine won’t be adequately supported.

In fact, you might even have a slightly rounded back, which causes poor posture & further back-pain. That’s why it’s important to do exercises like cobra or supermans that work your posterior chain.

Follow-Along Yoga for Abs & Core

Here’s one of my favorite challenging yoga routines that targets your core & abs to help you with crow pose! Try it out!


Additional Resources

To get cut abs from yoga, you also need a great diet. Learn about yoga & dieting from some of my other blogs.

About the author, Dean Pohlman, Founder & CEO of Man Flow Yoga, Author of Yoga Fitness for Men, Expert on Yoga Fitness for Men.

Dean Pohlman is an E-RYT 200 certified yoga instructor and the founder of Man Flow Yoga. Dean is widely considered to be an authority on Yoga for Men. He has worked with physical therapists to create yoga programs for back health and spinal recovery. His workouts and programs have been used by professional and collegiate athletes, athletic trainers, and personal trainers; and have been recommended by physical therapists, doctors, chiropractors, and other medical professionals.

Dean is a successfully published author through DK Publishing (Yoga Fitness for Men), selling 35,000 copies worldwide in English, French, and German; in addition to being a co-producer of the Body by Yoga DVD Series, which has sold over 40,000 copies on Amazon since its release in 2016.

Man Flow Yoga has been featured in Muscle & Fitness Magazine, Mens’ Health, The Chicago Sun, New York Magazine, and many more major news media outlets.

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