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3 Yoga Poses for a Strong Core

Many would agree that having a strong core not only looks great but feels great. On a physical level, the core is typically known to include the area of the abdominals, diaphragm, and pelvic floor, along with other deeper muscles and organs. In addition to providing stability and balance for the entire body, having a healthy core will help keep our digestive system in check. On an emotional and spiritual level, the core is associated with the third Chakra, representing will power and transformative fire. To receive maximum benefit from the following 3 yoga poses, try and hold each of them for the length of at least 5 to 6 rounds of breaths, inhaling and exhaling through the nose at a slow even pace. Happy core strengthening! 

Chaturanga Dandasana (Four-Limbed Staff Pose)

Level: Intermediate

Chaturanga Dandasana or Four-Limbed Staff Pose, is frequently performed as part of a Sun Salutation flow. To achieve this pose, begin from a plank position and slowly lower down while bending the elbows until the body is hovering parallel to the ground. For proper alignment, make sure elbows stay tucked against the body and bent at a 90 degree angle.

Dandayamna Bharmanasana (Balancing Table Pose)

Level: Beginner

Dandayamna Bharmanasana is a great pose to easily improve both balance and core strength. To achieve, begin on your hands and knees in Table Top position. As you inhale, lift the right leg up and straight back behind you. On the next inhale, lift the left arm up towards the front, keeping it parallel to the ground. Hold and repeat with left leg and right arm. For proper alignment and stability, keep belly tucked in and fingers splayed wide on both hands. Imagine two strings pulling your lifted leg and arm backward and forward at the same time to get a nice stretch.

Makara Adho Mukha Svanasana (Dolphin Plank Pose)

Level: Intermediate

Makara Adho Mukha Svanasana, or Dolphin Plank, is a great alternative to the traditional high plank pose, providing many of the same benefits. To achieve, begin in a high plank position. Then one at a time, lower each elbow to the ground. Body should be hovering in a straight line with arms parallel to each other and elbows bent at a 90 degree angle. Keep core engaged for maximum benefit. 

Train the mind; create the proper neural pathways, keep the physical body flexible and hydrated. Balance doing with being and learn to always, always follow your heart.

These seem to be the things that keep us vibrating at the most creative and fluid capacity.

—  Journal Of A Destiny Seeker 

We are the Lost Girls
Nature is our tribe
We are the Wendy Darling’s of this world
Free spirited in heart and mind
We wear flowers as a badge across our chest
tiger lilies to be exact
We tell stories around the fire
Sing the lullabies of the sirens
Thimbles for kisses we trade
From fairy stardust we are made
We dance upon the beat of the clock
Tick Tock, Tick tock
Time doesn’t exist for us
We sail the ships
Through sparkling skies
Watch us fly
like Peter Pan
In a magical place called earth,
our Neverland

-Hanna Adams I. ©
Yoga sister Sam from Point Reyes.
Children’s Poetry ©

Until Dawn Sims 4 Adventures! - or, when your Sims act so much like their counterparts it’s almost not funny.

I took my Until Dawn Sims out to the spa for the day (I got the Spa Day pack specifically for Sam really, as she’s like the original yoga child) and hijinks ensued. (Look at Chris and Ashley being all cute in the background - no intervention on my part!)

OK, it was by my direction that Sam dressed in a towel instead of a robe, because I’m an awful human being, but then she struck this pose and I about died laughing. Yes, we know you rock the towel look, Sammy-girl.

Also Mike being… well, Mike.


Back in her ordinary clothes, Sam tells the group a story (I do love these new animations)

Hannah and Sam are yoga children.

I don’t know what Mike thinks he’s doing, but Josh disapproves. After the look he gave Sam, I don’t think he’s got much high ground. (Also twins doing twin dancing, and Chris being dorky.)

Back at the Washington residence, I’ve seen a lot of people in the UD fandom expanding on the friendship between Ashley and Matt, as they share such great chemistry in their short scene together. So here’s Ashley and Matt being buddies:

By far the hardest thing about playing these guys, though, is the twins. Because I wanted to get plenty of pictures for Sam’s bedroom wall, and the Washington house, I’ve been getting them together to do as many cute things as possible - and it’s making me very fond of them. The trouble is, in order to keep up with canon, I’m going to have to kill them off at some point. I was never one to kill off Sims even when I was younger.

I don’t wanna I don’t wanna I don’t wanna…