Set Your Core on Fire With This Intense Buti Yoga Sequence
When a quick search of the best yoga moves via the 'gram turns up a whole lot of #buti, you're probably already a little intrigued. What started as a way to combine one woman's love for intense cardio with her newfound passion for yoga, Buti Yoga, a dynamic form of yoga using dance, was born. Though it feels and looks a little like Zumba for the cool kids, fitness instructor Bizzie Gold's workout craze has one of the fastest-growing teacher-training programs across the country (oh and 5,000+ instructors globally). Looking for moves that would really, truly encourage people to move their hips more, Gold turned to African-inspired dance moves for inspiration.
While you're going to get an all-over tone (and burn up to 800 calories in just one session), Gold's unique movements actually fine-tune the ab muscles by working the core in a spiral instead of a linear path. "So here's a little anatomy lesson: the top layer of abs right under your subcutaneous fat is the rectus abdominis," Gold explains. Doing crunches works only these muscles. "This is the show-it-off kind of abs, so you really need to go deeper if you want to do real work," she says. Then you hit your internal and external obliques that run up the sides of your midsection from your ribs to your pelvis to really cinch in your waistline. With spiral-style moves, you're actually going deep into your core, hitting your entire waistline, all of those abdominal muscles, lateral abs, and the abs that run like a belt wrapping into your spine. Literally, there won't be a muscle in your middle that goes untouched in this workout. "You'll whittle your middle and look great from every angle — the front, sides, and back," explains Gold.
Gold's latest project, her first-ever studio called B MVMNT (Julia Roberts and Jennifer Love Hewitt are big fans of the workout), also based in New York City, offers up to five different classes. (Bonus: for those looking to break a sweat during their lunch breaks, you can find quickie 30-minute sessions on the roster.) We all like instant gratification, so check out Gold's go-to core moves here that will be the only way you'll want to move your body all season long.