December Five Exercises For Core Strength, Improved Balance, And Spine Flexibility

It’s December 5th. Have you been doing your December Five?

This month we tackle challenging moves that require core strength, and hamstring and hip flexibility. Please use your best discretion and modify as needed to keep your body happy and pain free.

The photos below are meant to jog your memory of the work we have done together. For a full description of these exercises click here. Want to see these moves in person? Join one of Anne’s ongoing classes, or schedule a one on one session.


The December Five


Cat/ Cow:

Marnie Cat 12.15


Open Leg Rocker:

Maddie open leg rocker 3 Nov 2012


Anne crow 12.14

Warrior III:

Anne Warrior III 11.14


Sharon Bow 12.15


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Warrior III – Yoga For Standing Balance

Here Amanda demonstrates Warrior III one of your November Five. This trains your back, your legs and the small muscles in your feet and ankles that help you balance.



You will notice she is doing this move standing on the BOSU. If you don’t have one of these at home you can challenge your balance by standing on an uneven surface like beach sand or a pillow.


Having balance issues? Try for one minute of this every day and see if your balance has improved by the end of the month.