Health & Fitness

Try This: Yogi crunches

Have you ever seen a yogi with a paunch? Yeah, I thought not. Yoga moves, like these yogi crunches — a variation of the popular boat pose — challenge the core muscles, giving practitioners flat abs and a supported back.

The crunches are demonstrated by Tamal Dodge, co-founder of Santa Monica's Yoga Collective and the yogi behind the "Element: Hatha & Flow Yoga for Beginners" DVD.

What it does

This super-effective exercise will work your core muscles from top to bottom. It's difficult — no question — but it gets results. Six-pack, here you come.

What to do

Start in a seated position with your knees bent and hands on the floor at your sides. Lean back slightly, bringing your knees into a tabletop position in front of you. Make sure your weight is over your sit bones. Inhale and straighten your legs and upper body as you lower down into a straight line with your arms at your sides, palms facing each other. Exhale and bring your knees back up to your chest at the same time you raise your upper body to meet it. If this is too difficult, you can modify the exercise by grasping your legs above your knees as you crunch.

How much

Start with 10 repetitions, and as you advance, work up to 50.

health@latimes.com

Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times
Related Content
  • Try This!
    Try This!
  • Try This!
    Try This!

    .galleryModule { border-bottom: 1px dotted #dddddd; padding-bottom: 10px; } .galleryModule .thumbnail { background-color: #F2F2F2; padding: 10px; margin: 0px 15px 5px 0px; } .mainPhoto { display: none; } .description a { color: #2262cc; } Exercises and homemade products

  • Try This: The old-school half Turkish get-up
    Try This: The old-school half Turkish get-up

    For a stronger body and greater mobility, steal this old-school exercise from wrestlers. Called the half Turkish get-up, it's a total body workout all in one move, says Amy Dixon, celebrity personal trainer and head of group fitness at Equinox Santa Monica, who uses it in her "Give Me 10:...

  • Reader tips for staying the course
    Reader tips for staying the course

    We're determined to make 2013 the year we stick to our health and fitness goals by taking small, simple steps toward ditching empty calories and finding ways to keep exercise fun. (We listed 52 "paths to fitness" here). Now we hope you'll join us by sharing your suggestions by using #LATFit...

  • Homemade deodorant and scalp treatment recipes
    Homemade deodorant and scalp treatment recipes

    If you're intrigued by the idea of using simple ingredients mostly found in your garden or kitchen to help care for your hair and skin, there are a number of books that offer guidance — among them, Annie Strole's "Homemade Beauty: 150 Simple Beauty Recipes Made From All-Natural...

  • Earth-to-face beauty products grow in popularity
    Earth-to-face beauty products grow in popularity

    It's become almost ho-hum to read a menu that lists precisely where the apples were picked or how the cow was raised. So what's the next wave in sourcing? It's already upon us. People are becoming as picky about what goes on their skin as what goes in their bodies, and they are looking to the...

  • Study offers support for the notion of e-cigarettes as a gateway drug
    Study offers support for the notion of e-cigarettes as a gateway drug

    Do e-cigarettes lure teens into a world of vice that turns them into smokers of regular cigarettes? This is the big fear of anti-smoking activists, and new data from Hawaii suggest they may be right.

  • Gift ideas for the traveling health fanatic
    Gift ideas for the traveling health fanatic

    As a globe-trotting health enthusiast, I know how hard it can be to find a useful gift for me. We're a somewhat picky bunch — when you live out of a suitcase, you don't have much choice.

Comments
Loading