Bonus: The Trick to Tell if You're Using Your Core Now that you know how important engaging your core is to keeping your back safe, the natural question is: How can I be sure I'm engaging my core? To help you remember to get these muscles in the game, your yoga instructor may say things like "suck in your stomach" -- but there is a big distinction between the outer muscles in your midsection (rectus abdominus) and the inner ones (transverse abdominus, aka your core).
Instead of pulling in your stomach to flatten it, aim to engage your muscles in a way that leaves you feeling like you're being hugged all around, almost like you have on an inner corset that has just been tightened.
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