Video: Boat pose
When you hear the word core you typically imagine strong, hard and toned muscles. The core consists of muscles that surround the midsection.
To reduce the ever present lower back pain and repair the abdominal muscles that have been stretched beyond recognition during pregnancy we look at strengthening your back and hips to work in with your midsection. We offer basics to rebuild and restore your core strength like boat pose. Whilst targeting the abdomen, hip flexors and spine you will also improve digestion and relieve stress.
Balance on your tailbone and sitting bones, Knees bent 45 degrees and arms tracking in line with your toes, keep your chest lifted and do not round into the spine.
Do not do this pose if you have low blood pressure, or during menstruation or pregnancy. Please see your health care professional for any serious side effects post pregnancy. Alternatively scan your body for any pain before challenging it.
Last Reviewed: 06/08/2018
Video: Bridge pose
Bridge pose with a block is a great exercise for your pelvic floor. To assist the body in repairing and to strengthen the control of your bladder.
Most Australian adults will experience low back pain at some time in their lives. Most uncomplicated low back pain resolves after a period of active recovery and people are generally back to normal within 4 weeks.
Muscle workout: abdominals
The abdominal muscles, also known as core muscles, are located between the ribs and the pelvis at the front of your body. Strong core muscles support your trunk and make it easier to do physical activities.
Video: Child's pose (Balasana)
Child’s pose gently stretches the shoulders, lower back, hips, legs and ankles. It complements the beginning of a practice and throughout for its grounding abilities.
Stretching: an illustrated guide
Stretching exercises encourage lengthening of your muscles and their associated tendons, and oppose the shortening and tightening of muscles that can occur immediately after vigorous exercise, and as a product of ageing and inactivity.