Establishing Core Strength I

David Procyshyn
Instructor David Procyshyn
Average: 4.7 (176 votes)
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This class is meant to be a part of a series that you can see in our program Establish Your Core Stability and Strength and on our Yoga for Beginners page. After you have learned how to breathe and engage your core and stretch your body while your core is engaged, now David teaches you how to strengthen your core. Core strength will not only make you stronger and protect your spine, it will make you feel taller and lighter in your everyday life.

Equipment: Block
Style: Hatha Yoga, Yoga for Strength, Yoga for Back Care


denisevblack 3 months ago

Hi David

I have trouble straightening my arms when lifting them above my head . Are there an alternative poses eg bent arms that I should try /


We are one life... 4 months ago

Hi David,
Thank you for making this.
When I try the priformis exercise, I find my quads to be very tight, so it's difficult to completely pull the leg towards my chest. I will try stretching my quads before starting the video. Do you have another suggestion?
Take care

David Procyshyn 4 months ago

My pleasure!
Do you mean that your quads are preventing you from moving your straight leg toward you? In this stretch it's actually the muscles on the other side of the leg (the hamstrings) that are limiting the movement of your leg toward your head.

Nouran Jerjous 9 months ago

Thank you so much for this wonderful session . I followed your detailed instructions and find how much difference they make...I feel no pain when following the instructions and more stable...Great teacher..Thank you.

barbararuzgerian 9 months ago

I so appreciate your thorough detailed instruction and learning how to deeply activate these essential muscles for stability and strengthening..

JMacDee 10 months ago

A wonderfully detailed class, I learned some new physical connections. All delivered with kindness and calm by David, thank you so much.

raneeshm 11 months ago

Thanks David for the great class. I do strugle maintaining the staff pose and engaging the moola bandh at the same time with keeping the momentum going. Need to continue working on it.

PianoWire 11 months ago

With my legs straight and back straight, I can't bend 90 degrees at the waist. Should I round my back to get my shoulders over my hips, or should I put my hands on the floor behind me to prop myself in a half sit-up position with a straight back? (I don't have the core strength to hold that half sit-up very long without propping!) Possibly related: when bending and lifting my legs, I didn't feel psoas engagement as much as I felt calf/hamstring relief.

David Procyshyn 11 months ago

There are a few ways you can adapt to relieve the tightness in your back. You can lift your bum up on a pillow, folded blanket or block or you can bend your knees. It's more important that your back is straight then your legs are straight.