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Establishing Core Strength I

Beginner II

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.

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EmBe
EmBe
January 16, 2019
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Thank you for the good instruction for this class. I feel it is a good idea to watch the video beforehand, especially when watching the class on a smaller screen (iPod, etc.) placed on the floor. The background music is so appropriate, and thanks for the information about it at the end.

clothwright
clothwright
January 16, 2019
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this class was quite difficult for me but much needed as I have a history of lower back pain and I know increasing my core strength is a part of the solution. Thank you for your clear explanations.

bronwynhegarty
bronwynhegarty
January 15, 2019
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An excellent class with the right amount of challenge and good to try some new poses. Thank you David.

Jimbob
Jimbob
January 15, 2019
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I can see changes already in this challenge. Today I found dandasana much easier (not exactly easy) than in the first few classes. As always I really appreciate the precise instruction. It not only helps in practicing the postures but engenders a sense of trust. Thanks.

shyone
shyone
January 15, 2019
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I thought that I had reasonable core strength, however this class forced me to do complete it slowly with lots of focus which was great, I really liked it.

Loopedlife
Loopedlife
December 20, 2018
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I have been searching to understand where my deep hip pain comes from, where in my body, what muscles are involved. This class focuses so acutely on the the core of this pain I feel a deep sense of completeness and hope that this group of classes may relieve me of this constant unease. I feel elated... Thanks.

Jewels1
Jewels1
December 17, 2018
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David, this is such a great class. Most of us need to strengthen our core, it is so vital to back health. It is nice to have such a complete video. Instructions and pace were perfect.
Thank you so much!

Rose13
Rose13
December 15, 2018
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Whenever I try to do the leg lifts and stretch (10:03 in video) I am having trouble keeping a straight and still posture.

David Procyshyn
David Procyshyn
December 17, 2018
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Try putting your hands on the floor behind you so you can keep the straight spine, then gradually challenge yourself by taking weight off the hands so you can build strength. Let me know if you have any more questions.

caphillips93
caphillips93
July 27, 2018
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I wasn't expecting to feel every muscle in my body with this routine. Especially the psoas muscle! Thank you for the clear instruction.

PTyoga tight hips
PTyoga tight hips
March 7, 2018
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This video was excellent! It almost exactly mirrored how I teach core strength as part of my physical therapy practice. I really appreciated the ongoing reminders throughout this video to keep each individual aspect of the core engaged.

kaigh_guy
kaigh_guy
February 18, 2018
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David , I appreciate this class a great deal. I was up to intermediate with smidgen of advanced classes in December and then I stopped due to life circumstances. Now today, almost two months later I am restarting and WOW, do I feel it. What a great beginner class. I love working my core and you really helped me work it today.

Peanutman
Peanutman
February 9, 2018
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What if I can't sit in the basic pose with my back straight?

Nyamyj
Nyamyj
February 9, 2018
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Tough class but doable. I feel proud of myself for getting through. Core work not my favorite, but 5is class is great. Beautiful choice of music. I really fell into a totally relaxed savasana. Thank you as always.

Irishlove
Irishlove
January 8, 2018
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Thank you for that intentionally slow and purposeful engaging of the core. As an advanced practitioner now recovered from an injury (not yoga related), I have come to realise how much work is done in foundational core engagement. If you have the intention all else follows will be an activated body and an engergised soul. Beautiful class. Namaste from Ireland

gillyross
gillyross
October 24, 2017
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Excellent morning routine for back . I love his gentle , encouraging voice. Thank you.

dkondelik
dkondelik
August 27, 2017
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David, I must say that it is so assuring to hear your gentle alignment reminders throughout the class. I started a little over a month ago with your absolute beginner classes. This class was challenging but I feel stronger and more limber with every class. I am doing two classes a day. I just retired after 41 years of teaching theatre classes and find these classes and instructors better than in-person classes I've taken throughout the years. I am grateful for all of you at "Do Yoga With Me." Namaste.

mauaflower
mauaflower
August 7, 2017
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Thanks for this class, in fact all of these classes which have been a revelation to me! I joined and started doing your classes only a couple of months ago, after the odd intermittent yoga class over the years but nothing like regular practice. I've come to this programme after completing the Beginners 30 day yoga challenge - it took me 43 days but I did it! My problem is lower back pain which is why I thought I should do this programme next. Today's class was excellent but I still had lower back pain at the end. I think I'm turning on my core but still my lower back hurts. Do I just need more practice? I should say I'm 54 and injured my knee last year so am building up my leg strength but it's taking time

abeck_d
abeck_d
March 22, 2017
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Really enjoyed this class. I have been trying to recover from a lingering hip injury from overuse through running. During the modified boat pose, my right leg has no problem elevating, but my left leg begins to shake and I cant hardly mobilize it upwards. Which muscle does this exercise train? Are there other workouts for this particular muscle? Thank you!

Rbreid73
Rbreid73
February 18, 2017
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I've been out of action this past two weeks due to illness, so this was just what I needed to restart my practice. David has a way of teaching that provides the right pace to really understand how the body needs to be positioned when preparing to go into poses and how to maintain that alignment through the pose. In this class, it comes through in a short but intense 30 minute core strength class

Jacqueline01
Jacqueline01
February 10, 2017
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Thank you David for another lovely and serene class. Wow, this was so challenging. I thought I was so limber and strong (oh such pride). I feel humbled and vow to repeat this class many times. A wonderful challenge to stay mindful during the more difficult segments.

mollybmoon
mollybmoon
December 19, 2016
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This class won't stay on! It keeps pausing. Is there a reason for that?

David Procyshyn
David Procyshyn
December 19, 2016
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That can happen occasionally. Switching your browser fixes the issue 99% of the time. You can also pause the video at the beginning to allow it to load before you play it through to the end.

Dilly2334
Dilly2334
December 8, 2016
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Thank you David! Excellent explanation of core and muscles involved. Awesome class :)

Margarete
Margarete
November 29, 2016
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Loved this simple core and back class. Much needed feel te difference already. thank you!!!

SMK
SMK
November 9, 2016
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Thanks for the video, I'm quite enjoying the whole core activation series. I think there's a section around the 8:30 mark that you meant to cut. It doesn't really detract from the content too much, it just looks a little awkward. Otherwise, fantastic work.

Sea2Sea
Sea2Sea
November 8, 2016
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This class was a pleasant surprise for me. It revealed some areas that I definitely need to work on in both strength and flexibility. Thank you very much and I look forward to completely the rest in this series!

Tesshiva
Tesshiva
November 4, 2016
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Thanks, this practice helped me to slow down, and to practice with focus. There's some work in those muscles, and the repetitions make you aware that there's always room to grow more mindful of what you're doing. Many Thanks, I will return to this practice many times!