10 Minute Beginner Yoga Workout for Stronger Abs

Work the Core, Scream Some More

Yoga is a great way to stimulate your abs because so many poses rely on your core to keep your body stabilized.

It’s amazing how much work our abs have to do to pull off some poses. Having a weak core can easily lead to lower back issues so the stronger you can make your core, the stronger you can make your back.

10 Minute Beginner Yoga Workout for Stronger Abs

This simple 8 move, 10-minute workout is great for your abs. If a pose only seems to work one side be sure to switch over to the other side as well.

The most important thing to keep in mind when doing all of these poses is to breathe. Breathing ensures that you are working your core and that you don’t pass out trying to hold a weird pose.

Nothing worse than having the medics find you in a rubber band position because you forgot to breathe.

1. Chair Pose

Stand in Tadasana (Mountain pose) and inhale as you raise your arms with the inside of your upper arms beside your ears, palms facing in and shoulder-width apart. Soften the shoulders into their sockets. Exhale and bend your knees, to lower the thighs parallel to the floor as you sit back. Keep the knees tracking towards the middle toe.

Be sure the torso stays long as the tailbone reaches to the floor and the crown of your head reaches away from the tailbone. Hold for a few breaths and inhale to straighten out of the pose, releasing the hands down into a prayer.

2. Warrior I

With an exhale, step your left foot back, toes angled at about 45 degrees, keeping both heels in line with each other. Inhale to raise your arms above your head and parallel to each other and exhale to soften the shoulders away from the ears and bend the front knee at 90 degrees. Keep the knee in line with the middle toe.

Try to square the hips as much as possible to the front of your mat, and gently draw the thighs in toward each other. Even out the weight between both your feet as you lift up and out of the pelvis, with a slight back arch. Keep the neck soft as you gaze forward, or up at your hands for a deeper stretch. Stay for your duration of breaths and inhale to straighten the front leg, then exhale and step the back foot to meet the front foot, with your hands in prayer.

3. Dolphin Pose

Lower to the floor on your forearms and knees, with your knees directly under your hips and elbows under the shoulders. Leave your hands pressing firmly into the mat with active fingers or clasp the hands together —  hands clasped makes this pose easier for tight shoulders.

With your toes tucked under, exhale to lift your knees off the floor and lengthen your hip creases. Let your shoulders open as you soften the armpits towards the mat and your head between your upper arms. As your heels press down, lift your inner thighs up toward the pelvis.

4. Dolphin Plank

Walk your feet back until your shoulders are directly over your elbows and your torso is parallel to the floor. Feel your belly switch on, as the front body lifts to hold the torso. Gently press your elbows in towards each other and reach the sternum forward. Hug your shoulders into their sockets and nestle the shoulder blades into the back. As an extra challenge, lift one leg but keep the pelvis neutral. Keep the legs active as the heels press toward the back of the mat. Keep the neck soft with the gaze between the hands.

5. Side Plank

Shift to face the side of your mat with your weight shared between the side of your foot and your forearm and hand, your forearm should be parallel with the top of your mat, fingers active.

Either bend the bottom leg and distribute the weight between the knee and the foot or stack one foot on top of the other onto with the weight on the outer edge of the foot.

Lengthen the tailbone to the back of the mat and gently firm up the belly. Feel the line between the heels, hips and shoulders. Inhale to reach the top arm to the ceiling and exhale to soften the shoulder blades toward each other on the back body.

Keep the neck soft and gaze straight out or if the neck is not strained, challenge your balance by looking up at the hand. As an extra challenge, bend and lift the top leg with the knee pointing straight up.

6. Plank

With hands and knees shoulder width apart and fingers wide, keep the toes tucked under. Wrists are no further back than shoulders, and fingers grip the mat while the shoulders hug into their sockets as you reach the sternum forward.

You can either keep your knees on the ground or if you can, lift the knees and straighten the legs without the hips sagging. Keep the legs active with the heels pressing toward the back of the mat. Your neck stays soft as you gaze down at the floor.

7. Four-Limbed Staff Pose

From plank with lifted knees, hug your shoulders in and keep your shoulder blades firm against the back ribs, pressing your tailbone toward your pubic bone. Exhale and slowly lower yourself to hover above, parallel to the floor. Prevent the bottom from poking up by pressing the tailbone towards the back of the mat, keeping it tucked under.

Keep the underside of the body switched on and the sternum reaching forward. Elbows should gently activate, hugging in towards each other.

8. Boat Pose

Sit on the floor with legs bent and toes resting on the floor. Grip your hands behind your thighs, close to your knees and hug the thighs into the hips whilst lifting the chest forward and up. Lean back a little to balance on your sit bones and keep this length in the torso throughout the pose.

Exhale and lift your feet off the floor, so that the thighs are at right angle to the floor and your shins up to parallel to the floor. Press your belly gently towards the spine.

Hold here, or for a stronger action straighten both legs and if you can maintain a straight back extend the arms parallel to the floor. Keep the shoulders hugging back into their sockets.

Yoga Can Help With All Ailments

If you want to focus on relieving lower back pain as well as doing the workout above then check out these yoga moves to relieve lower back pain.

Looking to get started with a bit more yoga and are just getting started?

No worries.

Here are 11 great poses for yoga beginners.

Ready to Lose 10-21 lbs in the Next 28 Days?

If you're really serious about losing weight and want to create a new lifestyle for yourself then the 28-Day Weight Loss Challenge is for you.

The Ketogenic Diet has changed our lives. It has turned our bodies from sugar-burners to fat-burners.

We wake up with more energy, less cravings, and a better mood throughout the day.

Our 28-Day Weight Loss Challenge walks you through how to incorporate the Ketogenic Diet into your lifestyle so you no longer have to worry about giving up on diets and gaining back the weight you keep on trying to lose.

Sounds too good to be true, right? Well it isn't and we are happy to teach you all about it with the 28-Day Weight Loss Challenge.

Check Out the 28-Day Weight Loss Challenge Now

Hard to Be Happy Without Being Healthy. It’s Time to Challenge Yourself to Be Better.

Transform your body in 3 days and change your life forever with the 3-day weight loss challenge.

The secret behind the people that know how to lose weight and those that struggle to lose weight is knowledge.

It has nothing to do with secret pills or crazy workouts. In this 3 day challenge, you'll learn why your body loves to store fat, how you can turn it into a fat burning machine, and how to maintain the lifestyle through awesome meals.

Start Your Free 3-Day Weight Loss Challenge Today!

Enjoyed 10 Minute Beginner Yoga Workout for Stronger Abs? Share it with your friends so they to can follow the Thrive/Strive journey.

Share on Pinterest

More Great Content on Thrive/Strive

A Simple Guide to Exercising While on the Keto Diet

Are you doing keto and also want to exercise?

Keto Alcohol Recipes: 7 Drinks Safe for the Ketogenic Diet

If you're looking to drink on a ketogenic diet, look no further. Here are 7 keto alcohol recipes that are going to keep you in ketosis while you're out having fun.

9 Common Keto Mistakes to Avoid

We are never perfect. Everyone makes mistakes, especially starting a new diet like the ketogenic diet. Here are 9 common keto mistakes and how you can avoid them.

11 Keto Fat Bomb Recipes You Need Right Now

Reaching your daily macros on a ketogenic diet can sometimes be hard. Here are 11 keto fat bombs that will help you reach them.

13 Keto Crockpot Recipes You Need In Your Life Now

If you aren't convinced about the ketogenic diet yet, here are 13 keto crockpot recipes that you need to try right now.

Keto Desserts: 13 Simple No Bake Ketogenic Diet Desserts

Looking for some delicious keto desserts? These 13 keto desserts will keep you in ketosis and losing weight.

17 Keto Recipes That’ll Make You Forget You’re On a Diet

I'm always looking for more delicious keto recipes and these are 17 new ones that I'll have to try and make. I love the ketogenic diet! #Keto #KetoRecipes #KetogenicDiet

7 Benefits of a Keto Diet That You’ll Want in Your Life

Thinking about trying the ketogenic diet? You might be wondering what the benefits of keto are. This post goes over the many benefits of keto.

Keto Substitutes: 10 Low Carb Food Swaps to Help You Lose Weight

Switching to a ketogenic diet doesn't mean you have to give up your favorite flavors and textures. These keto substitutes will have you thinking you're eating your old favorites.

Keto Dinners: 16 Delicious Low Carb Dinners to Prepare Tonight

Looking for keto dinners that you can easily prepare? Here are 16 awesome low carb dinners to help you stay on track with the ketogenic diet.

The Killer 20 Minute Living Room Workout: Get Your Sweat on at Home

Is there any better place to workout than at home? In this 20 minute living room workout you'll get a nice sweat while burning fat and losing weight fast.

Keto Flu: What It Is and How to Beat It the Healthy Way

Experience keto flu? What is it? How do you beat it? This post shows you how to fight keto flu in a healthy way that keeps you in ketosis.

Alcohol on a Keto Diet: What Is Safe to Drink While in Ketosis?

Is it okay to drink alcohol while on the ketogenic diet? If you're trying to stay in ketosis it's okay to drink alcohol on keto as long as you are drinking the right things.

7 Signs and Symptoms You Might Be in Ketosis When Doing Keto

If you're wondering whether or not you're in ketosis these are some good signs to look out for. It helped me understand ketosis much better. #Keto #KetogenicDiet #WeightLoss

Ketogenic Diet: The Ultimate Guide for Keto Beginners

This guide really helped me understand the ketogenic diet and what I need to do to lose weight. Keto is awesome! #Keto #KetogenicDiet

Lower Body Transformation Burn Workout Without Weights

Looking to get a good workout in for your lower body? Here is an extreme lower body workout that you can do at home.

How to Quit Your Sugar Addiction

Sugar tastes great but it's like a drug that can tear your body apart. How do you quit a sugar addiction, though? Here are the steps that I use to quit mine.

Better Booty Time: No Squats Booty Lifting Workout

Getting a better booty doesn't mean you need to squat yourself to death. This workout is squat free and still targets the right muscles.

Office Yoga: 6 Yoga Moves to Sneak Into Your Work Day

It can be hard to squeeze in a nice yoga session if you work all day. Fortunately we have some yoga moves that you can do in your office.

The Ultimate Belly Workout: How to Get Flat Abs in 5 Minutes Daily

You don't have to do 2 hour workouts to get flat abs. You just have to target the right muscles with the right moves. Doing this 5 minute daily workout routine will help you get closer to your dream of flat abs.