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Blissology Earth Body, Yoga Core Workout
Written by Eoin Finn   

BLISSOLOGY:

"There is a still place within, a source of infinite joy, love and bliss. When we are in touch with this place life ceases to be merely about us and we feel deeply connected to the well-being of our body/mind, our personal relationships, our community and Nature. Blissology is about deepening our awareness of this place so we can be a positive force in the world.

Whether I am teaching in India, North America or around the world, people always tell me, “I am just too inflexible to do yoga.” I always tell them that saying you are too inflexible to do yoga is like saying you are to dirty to have a shower. It’s a perfect reason for doing it. What most people don’t realize is that one of the many of benefits of yoga is that it develops a body that is strong and not just flexible.

This is the “Core strengthening” section from my new DVD and iTunes download Earth, Body, Yoga. It will get you stronger and looser so dive in and get ready to feel and look your best.

6.1a Navasana: Balancing on your sit bones, lean back and lift both legs while pressing out with the feet.

6.1b,2a Eka Pada Navasana: Inhale; draw the right knee into the chest; exhale; straighten it. Inhale; bend the left leg; exhale; straighten it. Repeat 2 or 3 times with the breath and movement synchronized.

6.2b Parivrtta Navasana: From Navasana, lean your weight onto the right hip. Inhale; draw the heels and knees into the body and exhale; press the legs right. Do 3 sets on one side then switch to the left hip and do three more sets.

6.5 Bakasana: Come into a squat, preparing for Bakasana. Bring the knees into the armpits, with the elbows slightly bent. Lift the hips higher than the head and lean the body weight forward so the weight of the head lifts the hips up. Squeeze the arms together and straighten them. Enjoy!

6.6 Plank: Spring back into Plank pose. The key is to not let the belly sag and the back arch. Inhale; keep the arms straight and exhale; come into chaturanga (6.7 ) or push up position. Repeat three times slowly with the breath.

6.7 Chaturanga:

6.8 a,b,c Vashistasana Press back into Downward Dog and then turn to the right, keeping both feet stacked on top of each other. Either lift the left arm up (6.8 b) or try the more advanced variation holding the right big toe and pressing the legs straight (6.8 c). Repeat on the other side.

6.9, Lunge: Come into Downward Dog and step the right foot between the hands. Bring the forearms to the floor and stretch the hamstring muscles for 45 seconds. Then, step back into forearm plank and repeat on the opposite leg.

6.10,12,14 Forearm Plank: Keep the forearms on the floor pressing heels and the head in opposite directions.

6.11,13 Cat Burglar: On an inhalation draw the right knee into the right armpit and exhale; come back to forearm plank, Inhale draw the left knee into the left armpit and repeat one more time on each side.

6.15 Dolphin Pose: Keep the forearms on the floor, walk the feet into the elbows and press the chest towards the feet. This is a great chest and calf muscle stretch. The press up into downward dog.

6.16 a) Tittibhasana Prep Spring the feet around the hands. Reach the arms back so the palms are shoulder width distance apart. Bend the elbows so the back of the upper arms become a shelf for the legs to sit on. Keep the weight of the head forward so you don’t fall backwards.

6.16 b) For the full pose, first of all, smile! These poses go better if you are having fun. Start to straighten through the legs, slightly hugging the legs into the shoulders. Maybe the legs don’t straighten right away, but a thousand mile journey starts with the first step! Try springing back to Downward Dog. Nice one! You are getting stronger, looser, more calm and connected to your joy body.