Bow Pose: Core Strength

Rachel Scott
Instructor Rachel Scott
Average: 4.9 (119 votes)
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This is the 1st in a series of four classes that lead you to the bow pose (dhanurasana). In this class, Rachel brings you through an invigorating hatha yoga flow that challenges your core strength and teaches you the alignment principles that you will need to understand as you move toward any deep backbend. Her progression through core strength and deeper backbends take you to camel pose (ustrasana), just before you cool down and enter a well-deserved savasana. This class will prepare you for the next steps in Bow Pose: Hip Flexor Release, Bow Pose: Open the Shoulders, and Bow Pose: Ready for the Peak!

Equipment: None
Style: Hatha Yoga


dscheurl 2 months ago

Rachel's teaching is amazing. Her instruction is so detailed and well described I feel as though I am in a private class with her and she is tweaking my poses and speaking to me personally. I am amazed at how she is able to speak with such clarity and precise instruction. It really helps with the poses AND keeps me focused - no mind wandering - too many things to think about right here on the mat! Thanks so much Rachel!

Rachel Scott 2 months ago

HAHA! You are so so very welcome!
I'm thrilled to be a part of your practice!!!

kimfh14 2 months ago

I always thought camel pose wasn't for me, but in this class Rachel demonstrated a way I could get into it. Unfortunately, my issue isn't my back flexibility - it's my quads! They're so tight. I'll keep working on it, but at least I'm started!

debbodkin 5 months ago

Thank you very much Rachel for such a perfect, thorough and enjoyable core-centric class. My body and mind loved it!

coyote999 5 months ago

Thank you so much! Your body control is unbelievable while you give perfect directions. Amazing workout.

alevans 9 months ago

If you're looking for a workout - this is it. Rachel's awesome instruction helps you through it.

Margarethe 10 months ago

As usual Rachel delivers what she described: Invigorating, core, deep back bend (achieved safely)

Apparently I've been slacking off. This was a lot tougher this time than the first time I did it.

I love this class because you do get a good solid core workout and it really made me stretch my often rounded shoulders back. My low back never ends up feeling pinched when I'm finished. A testament to Rachel's great instruction and method for teaching back bend.

For the other yogis who read the comments. My sage advice is don't put fish cat food down before doing yoga. But do this class if you need a good core workout and shoulder stretch. it's a pretty awesome class.

Rachel Scott 10 months ago

LOL I'm so happy that this class worked for your back and shoulders. Ohhhhh! Core work is ALWAYS so tough (it never seems to get easier!) But I have a similar experience: I need to really get my core on in order to get into backbends that feel okay ;) Have an awesome day!