3 Yoga Moves for Sexy Summer Abs
It’s never too late to get sexy abs for the summer. These yoga moves will help your abdominal region look great; and they are also very functional for all of your favorite summer sports. Strong core muscles are needed for swimming, stand up paddle boarding, surfing, beach volleyball, beach runs, bike rides, tennis, golf, you name it. The following moves are easy to do anywhere and any time. Roll out a yoga mat or throw down a towel and perform this series 3 to 5 times a week for sexy, strong summer abs.
Start on all fours, lower your forearms to the ground and interlace your fingers together to make a fist. Tuck under your toes and press your hips up and back in to forearm downward dog. Inhale, move forward until your chin is in front of your fists and your body is in a plank. Exhale, press back to forearm downward dog. Repeat 8-10 times then rest in child’s pose.
Come on to your hands and knees again and tighten your core muscles. Hug your belly button towards your spine and knit your front hips rims and ribs towards each other (as if you’re wearing a corset). Extend your right arm forward at shoulder height as you reach your left leg back behind you at hip level. Imagine you’re balancing a glass of water between your shoulder blades and on your lower back as come back to all fours then switch arms and legs. Continue switching 5 times on each side.
Boat in to Canoe—Boat pose is an awesome move to help you tone your lower abdominals and transverse abdominals. Canoe works the oblique muscles and rectus abdominals, in addition to the transverse abdominals. Combining these two moves tightens up your entire core region.
Start in a seated position with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Lean your upper body back without sinking in to your lower back. Inhale and lift your feet up in the air as you lengthen the out to a forty-five degree angle. Scoop in your lower abdominals and reach your arms forward. Hold for five breaths. Then, as you exhale, lower half way down towards the floor with your upper and lower body coming in to a canoe. Inhale, come back up to boat and exhale lower to canoe. Continue this for 5 to 8 reps.
Kristin McGee is a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor in New York City. She is currently teaching yoga with Peloton. She is the star of over 100 videos, seen in several magazines and tv shows and is a spokeswoman for many brands and causes she believes in. A proud mom to three, she sure keeps herself busy!