My yoga instructor loves to reminds students, when in doubt, suck in your gut and squeeze your butt.
Meaning, if you’re loosing your balance and struggling to execute and feeling unclear about what the next action is, the smartest, easiest and most effective strategy is to engage your core.
It’s the default move. Because activating the midsection muscles always creates a foundation from which any posture can grow. No matter how long you’ve been practicing, no matter what injuries you walk into the room with, you can’t go wrong. If you did nothing else the entire class but focus on that, you’d still receive the benefits of the pose.
When in doubt, engage your core.
Scott Ginsberg is a writer, daily practitioner and work study volunteer at Bikram Yoga Park Slope.