Nowadays it appears to be very vogue to be talking about having a “strong core” and all of a sudden the message seems to be everywhere – I mean on the internet at least especially in the fitness and health arena. Yoga, pilates and other fitness sites are very often now advocating the importance of a strong middle section – awareness of the core has surged recently!
Well if any of you actually know me in person you will know that everything I do and teach is always about the “bigger picture”. It is natural for me to always look at everything in this way and in particular with our bodies as that has been a favourite subject of mine since the age of 16 when I first started practising yoga.
In my humble opinion, nothing is ever just “physical”- for something such as an ailment to have actually manifested in the body, the cause of it has always come from the mental and / or emotional bodies which directly affect the physical body. It is a big subject but I hope you get the gist! The physical body may be the only one you “see” but your emotional and mental bodies are always there but not usually visible unless of course you have extra sensory perception.
Your mental and emotional bodies are your subtle energy bodies (some people call them the aura) and that energy flows through your physical body and expands outside of it as well so in fact your body appears to be in the centre of the mental and emotional bodies. That is the reason your body is directly affected by your thoughts and feelings. It is therefore far better to stay harmonious and not judge yourself (or your body) as that misqualified energy directly harms the body and often delays progress. See my ebook for more insights on this!
Anyway back to the middle section of your body around the stomach area – that is also known as the solar plexus and is the area affected most by your feelings and what you “see”. For example if you witness an accident, usually the first place you will “feel” it, will be the stomach and you may feel “sick”. Another example I can relate to (in my past I hasten to add!) – you see your ex-boyfriend with his new girlfriend! Aargh!! You know what I mean! Your eyes see something and hey presto the stomach churns. This proves that there is a link between your eyesight and your solar plexus and the fact your stomach has a mass of ganglionic nerves in that area just about says it all!
So what I am trying to say is that a strong core is far more than aesthetically pleasing, far more than just physically strengthening the body (as it assists the shoulder girdle and therefore the arms, the hips and therefore the legs) – for me it goes to the crux of it all – it helps you be less affected by what you may “see” and keeps you strong and centred emotionally. And that is possibly the best medicine of all for your body – well actually laughter may be the best!
Just in case you are one of those fast working people who scroll straight down to the summary:
The main benefits to a strong core are:
- Strengthens the whole of your physical body – shoulders, arms, hips, legs, spine, stomach
- Ensures your internal organs function properly
- Physical exercise and yoga will be so much easier and more enjoyable
- Helps to keep you emotionally stable
- You feel more “in control” of your life and you are
- Keeps away those so called negative emotions from entering into your body
- Excess flab around the area will have to go
- Aesthetically pleasing – i.e. it looks great!
Everything is linked – it’s all about the bigger picture – just sayin’…..