Bow Pose: Core Strength

Rachel Scott
Instructor Rachel Scott
Average: 4.9 (143 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


Neita 2 months ago

Fantastic class; thank you! Yes, the first sequences were a bit brisk for me, coming from Beginner level classes. But I just skipped the vinyasa transitions between the right & left sides & was able to keep up. I'm glad I stuck with the class. I think my aging body needs a long practice in order to warm-up & loosen. So being thoroughly warmed up with all the standing sequences & Rachel's excellent cueing/body awareness, I was finally able to do, for the first time!:
-- From down-dog, bring my foot up to get into a lunge (instead of transitioning thru kneeling)
-- A side-plank
-- Camel
I'm super-excited about those achievements. I now have the courage to try more Intermediate level classes.

debkiger 2 months ago

This was just a little too fast and a little too difficult for me. I bailed out halfway through for fear of hurting myself. I felt as though this was a big leap from Days 1-6 of this Beg/Int Challenge.

Nicole Tremblay 4 months ago

When the quarantine began in March, I started yoga for the first time in my life. I began with the very beginner classes given by David and today, 9 months later, completed each move in this class with grace and strength. Daily yoga with Do Yoga With Me has completely changed my body (I have lost 21 lbs and gained definition and so much strength), improved my confidence and my attitude. BTW, I am 56 years old. Although each instructor is good, Rachel Scott is my absolute favourite. Thank you Rachel and to everyone at DYWM for helping me get through this topsy turvy time with calm and patience in a brand new fit body!!!

oakhazel 5 months ago

Phew. I was a bit intimidated by all the comments but I wanted to finish the 7 day challenge so I gave it a go. Got to 14 minutes and had to stop. It wasn't that the poses are difficult but the pace - I just couldn't keep up. I was really really enjoying it though but I knew that at that pace it wouldn't do me any good to complete the lesson. But it is an Intermediate II so ....

lisaellen 5 months ago

Phew! I thought I was ready for this, and I guess I was because I'm still standing, but it was definitely a challenge! I got through it all until the low plank. I used to be able to hold it for a minute but I couldn't even hold it for 5 seconds. That's part of the beauty of yoga though, it sure let's me know what I need to work on. Thanks Rachel, for continuing to give us such great work outs!

dawnburck 7 months ago

This was the last class in my 7 day challenge and it felt significantly more difficult at the start. I struggled to keep up and nearly gave up but set my mind to complete it. I am so glad that I did! For the first time since I began my yoga practice six months ago, I was able to get into and hold a camel pose. I also know that this is a challenging but achievable class for me. Thank you Rachel!

LabCat 7 months ago

I just managed to hold camel pose for the first time ever. Thank you so much.