Yoga instructor Jessica Sinclair shares her favourite routine for a strong core. Get ready to sweat! By Estelle Low
Enough of crunches already. If you’ve been doing them for the longest time and stomach flab is still hanging around, it’s likely a sign that you need to amp up your routine.
And this energising yoga sequence by instructor Jessica Sinclair is just what you need. Also the co-founder of The Yoga Mandala, Jessica Sinclair is known for her bold and gravity-defying yoga poses on her Instagram account (@jessica.r.sinclair). “When you face a difficult pose, don’t stop trying! Every effort you make will engage the muscles and help you get stronger,” she says.
In 3.5 minutes – the length of the song Of The Night by British indie pop band Bastille – you will flow into a myriad of yoga poses that will challenge and strengthen your core. Your arms and legs will get a workout too! (Scroll down for the workout video!)
On non-consecutive days, do this sequence three times, resting 60 seconds in between. If you feel overly tired, stop and rest in child’s pose before resuming the workout.
New to yoga? Opt for the easiest variations until you get stronger and more familiar with the moves. For instance, keep both legs on the ground in side plank instead of lifting or bending one leg (shown in 1:20 of the video). And when doing downward facing dog, slightly bend knees to avoid over-stretching your hamstrings.
For variety, play your favourite song (between 120bpm and 130bpm) and do the poses according to the melody!