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Xen Strength Yoga: 10 Minutes for a Strong Core

The core of a strong, fit body is a strong, fit…well, core! (Makes sense, right?) And if you love to roll out your mat and get your downward dog on, there’s good news: yoga can be really effective for building core strength.

Especially if you practice like Danielle Diamond.

Diamond is a superstar Nutritious Life Certified yoga instructor, and she created Xen Strength Yoga, a method that combines yoga and meditation with muscle-building. Using both weights and warrior poses, the practice comes with major mind-body benefits. Now, she’s sharing 10-minute sequences you can do at home, here, in a series of videos that illustrate yoga’s many functions.

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She’s already showed us how to stretch out our hamstrings and strengthen our glutes. Now, she’s showing us how to work our abs, with sun salutations instead of sit-ups.  “You want to make sure you work all angles,” she says—front, back, and side-to-side. A strong core, after all, is essential for posture, balance, stability, and more.

Xen Strength Yoga for Core Strength

(Featured Photo: Danielle Diamond, Xen Strength Yoga)