Helen demonstrating a strong running core while beach running

Core exercises for beginners

This video is a great place to start if you’re relatively new to strength work and looking for core exercises. This yoga conditioning sequence will tone up your deeper abdominals, helping you to hold better posture for improved running technique.

Core strength for runners

Sufficient core strength is essential for running well! A strong core/ torso helps you to keep the correct posture for natural running, and connect that power to the lower and upper body, for optimal running efficiency.

Good core strength also allows you to energetically draw yourself up, giving you the feeling of lightness as you run, a sensation of floating across the terrain as your feet gently brush the Earth…

This sensation of lightness, for me, is the ultimate result of natural running!

Yoga for the core

When I talk about the core, I don’t just mean the six pack! The core includes the deeper abdominals, plus the side and back muscles that surround your spine. In this short yoga sequence we’ll work mainly on the Transverse Abdominus, our deepest abdominal layer, that’s key in creating a strong, stable foundation. From that stability, we can start to incorporate more mobility, for natural ease of movement – in yoga, running and life!

I hope you love this introduction to core strengthening and feel the work. Please leave me your comments!


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Helen Clare

Helen Clare, founder of Helen Clare Yoga and Run Better with Yoga, is a trail runner, senior yoga teacher and yoga for athletes coach, living in Cornwall, UK.


  • Never done yoga before of any kind, but I really enjoyed it and realise I have a long way to go in terms of mobility-core strength & flexibility.
    Helen explains thing in a way that’s easy to understand and follow.
    In the present time is the perfect time to reconnect with health & fitness, although funds may be low we can all exercise in one way or another, so for me it’s perfect.

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