Establishing Core Strength I

David Procyshyn
Instructor David Procyshyn
Average: 4.7 (177 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


If I cannot do all these movements, should I keep repeating this class until I am successful, or should I move on to the next class?

Thanks so much,

Fiji McAlpine 1 month ago

The pose is not the point, one of my favorite sayings. There will always be a pose or two in a class that you can't do to the highest level, modifying the poses to meet your needs each day is part of the this practice. You can keep coming back to this class if you find it is helping you make progress, but don't limit yourself to doing just this class.

denisevblack 6 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 /


Fiji McAlpine 1 month ago

Hi Denise,

Many people find it hard to have their arms completely straight when overhead. I would suggest straightish, straightening to the best of your ability. You can also work with a strap in your hands and try to pull on the strap as your arms are overhead.

We are one life... 7 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 7 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 1 year 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 1 year ago

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

JMacDee 1 year ago

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