Let’s be real… we all want rockin’ abs. Sometimes so much that we forget that having flexible abs is crucial to developing strong abs and a healthy belly.
When your abs (or any muscles) are rock hard, there is often an element of tightness, not just strength. When your muscles are tight, it can inhibit the ability of nerve signals to get to where they need to go. They get cut off at the pass, so to speak. Flexibility in the fascia surrounding the muscles and muscles fibers allows the muscles to then expand and develop their own flexibility. With all the space this creates, nerve signals can again pass through and you are able to develop even more functional strength.
This is important for the belly organs, too. Remember, the organs are also muscles. And, we surely want those orgram muscles to work well. As any good yogi knows, a huge key to good health is organ health and good digestion/elimination. So, flexibility of the organ muscles is important. So, too, is it important that the muscles and fascia surrounding the organs be flexible so that the movement and function of the organs is not inhibited. We will be talking in-depth about yoga and the organs in another post.
The following practice will help functionally stretch all of the abdominal muscles. It will lead to a more spacious abdominal cavity and more freedom of movement for the entire belly. This also means a bigger, easier breath – and that helps EVERYTHING! Enjoy!
Yoga Practice for Flexible Abs:
*This post is part of the series “Yoga for a Happy Belly.”
This practice was inspired by Pranakriya Yoga practices. Thanks to Yoganand Michael Carroll for seriously deepening my awareness of the import of breath and belly.