Inversions engage the abdominal muscles – including the obliques, the rectus abdomen and the transverse abdomens. To really engage and strengthen the core, extend your legs into narrow and wide leg raises.
This ab exercise requires a strong Headstand. If you haven’t quite mastered this inversion, then continue to work on building the core and balance before moving forward to Headstand Crunches.
Here is a step by step guide:
If beginning this series as a new challenge, repeat at 5 times, 3 repetitions. If intermediate, repeat at 10-15 times, 3 repetitions. If advanced, 20-25 times, 3 repetitions.
Remember speed and frequency is not the key here. Instead, lower and extend slowly for a more effective core workout. After you’re finished, slowly lower both feet to the floor, release your knees to the mat and come into child’s pose. Hold for five breaths and gently sit up.