Sick of traditional abs exercises? We don't blame you. Add this yoga flow to your core routine and your abs will thank you later.

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Whether you realize it or not, your core muscles play a huge role in your everyday activities, helping you get out of bed, walk down the street, work out, and stand up tall. Strong abs are a cornerstone, then, of total-body fitness, affecting everything from posture to how well you run.

While crunches, planks, and sit-ups are *probably* the exercises that come to mind when you think about strengthening your core, you don't need to limit yourself to traditional ab exercises. Proof: This 30-minute yoga routine can seriously strengthen your middle too. Nope, yoga isn't just about stretching and improving flexibility; it's also a fantastic way to work your core muscles. In fact, when it comes to your core, yoga is one of the best things you can do. (If you want to turn up the burn in other parts of your body, consider trying this 30-Minute Yoga-with-Weights Workout from CorePower Yoga.)

Not convinced? Try this amazing 30-minute yoga class, in which Grokker expert Ashleigh Sergeant carefully guides you through a series of movements designed to strengthen your core. No equipment required!

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