Southeast WI Archive
  • Southeast Wisconsin
  • March 2015
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Ring of fire

Spring is right around the corner (hopefully) and now is the perfect time to start to work on your waistline. Join me in witling your waistline with the Magic Circle and some wonderful oblique work.

Working our obliques is important, as these side muscles help support our torso upright as well as act as the connectors between the pelvis and ribcage. This quick yet effective move is great to incorporate into an already-existing yoga practice or as an added bonus to an already great workout.

To begin

  1. Start in a standing position (neutral). Take a large step back with your left foot. Balancing on the ball of your back foot, relax slightly into the back heel, keeping your ankle neutral.
  2. Now square your hips forward and work to keep your pelvic floor and deep core active and the leader of the movement.
  3. With the ring between the palms (keep fingers open and pointing forward not to grip) and the arms extended long in front of you, inhale at center, working to expand the ribcage wide, and exhale, pressing in on the ring as you twist toward your right side. While twisting, be mindful not to hunch forward and watch not to overemphasize pressing in on the ring. You should feel contraction on your right side. Inhale while twisted and with a strong core contraction, exhale. Return back to center, keeping modest pressure on the right, extending it back out in front of you.
  4. Repeat this series five to ten times on each side; it is not uncommon to be weaker on one side of the body, as we typically move in daily living in a very asymmetrical way. In order to create more body balance, work to repeat the weaker side a second time.

Repeating this move three to five times a week will leave you feeling tall, strong and empowered with core strength!

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Hope Zvara

Hope Zvara, The Real Deal, is a yoga teacher and owner of Copper Tree Yoga Studio & Wellness Center, a trainer and expert specializing in the true art of yoga and Core Functional Fitness™ for students, teachers and fitness professionals interested in practicing authentic mind-body yoga and other practices in need of true connection. Follow Hope as she travels across the globe bringing true functional core work into everything that you do. To book a workshop, training or retreat with Hope, call 262-670-6688, and visit her websites or to sample one of her hundreds of free videos on YouTube.

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