Establishing Core Strength I

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Instructor David Procyshyn
Average: 4.7 (147 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


A great journey so far
Sebastiantanner94 2 months ago

It took me all day to convince myself to do this class, but I'm glad I did. I will have to make sure to go back through all the foundational stuff when I get done with the challenge! It is both challenging, in that it feels like a worthwhile workout, and it helps me with posture in my everyday life. I have been noticing that with each one of these I learn a new way to carry myself throughout the day.
I had one question, When I was doing the leg lifts, I felt the groin muscles, but not the lower back, I was also having a hard time understanding what you meant with clenching the waist(?), would those two things be connected?
Thank you, David!

Re: A great journey so far
David Procyshyn 2 months ago

Great to hear that! To answer your question, the groin is where you want to feel the working muscle when doing a leg lift (it's actually the psoas). It's good that you don't feel the lower back, since it's a sign that you are using your core well. Clenching the waist means to cinch the muscles in around the waist, like a corset (squeezing in on all sides). Does that make sense?

Okay, I think I had just
Sebastiantanner94 2 months ago

Okay, I think I had just misunderstood, then! I'm glad I only feel it in my psoas! Yes, that makes sense. I was just practicing it while I was typing this. Thank you!

Not my favorite ...
DeeCoop 2 months ago

Not my favorite - too hard on the back because my core muscles aren't great. Loved the twist at the end!

Thank you for ...
Mits 2 months ago

Thank you for this class.

Challenging (it looks ...
Pamela Hedrick 2 months ago

Challenging (it looks so easy!) but very rewarding.

Perfect class, thank ...
naomi1 2 months ago

Perfect class, thank you!

So glad the ...
turnersusmc 2 months ago

So glad the challenge forces me to do these foundation classes to understand proper form and alignment.

Good class! I ...
beesknees 2 months ago

Good class! I appreciated the progression with the legs. Thank you!