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


Excellent core work!!!
Jewels1 3 months ago

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 3 months ago

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

Re: Help
David Procyshyn 3 months ago

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 7 months ago

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

This video was excellent! It
Benmiller6 1 year ago

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.

David , I appreciate this
kaigh_guy 1 year ago

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 1 year ago

What if I can't sit in the basic pose with my back straight?

Basic pose
David Procyshyn 1 year ago

Bend your knees enough to straighten your back, then work on straightening your legs without rounding your back.

Tough class but doable. I
Nyamyj 1 year ago

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.

Engage the core!
Irishlove 1 year ago

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