Yoga & Pilates on the Ball Exercises

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An exercise ball makes a great workout partner for Pilates and yoga routines, allowing you to elevate and extend your lower body into Plank position. Get on the ball with this free video on Pilates technique.

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Hi, I'm Amy Newman, fitness expert and creator of The Perfect 10 Workout, and today I'm going to show you a couple of moves that you can do both yoga and Pilates with the ball. The ball is a great way to help you in your balancing and both Pilates and yoga use, balancing as part of the core workout, and that is part of how you get your core nice and strong. What you want to do is get down onto your mat on both hands. You can also do it on your elbows, reach for the ball with one leg, put your calf on the ball, then the other and you get nice and balanced. This is Plank, you want to be as straight as you can with your hands underneath your shoulders, maybe elbows a little bit bent, a yoga pose and then you can bring your knees in, exhaling and then slowly come out inhaling, more of a Pilates move. Exhale, bring the knee in, exhale, inhale out as you stretch into Plank, a yoga move. The longer that you use this move, the more of a yoga move it is, holding a pose and squeezing your abs nice and tight, keeping your back nice and straight, breathing deeply in, exhaling slowly out. Exhale as you bring your knees in if you want to work the abs more, inhale as you open up. Now remember, if you want to modify this move, all you have to do is come down on your elbows and it's just a little bit different and a little bit easier. Less pressure on the wrists, less pressure on the wrists and you can bring the ball in, exhale, stretch it out, inhale. I'm Amy Newman. Thank you so much for joining me again, and I am showing you how you can do yoga and Pilates on a stability ball.


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