Establishing Core Strength II

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Instructor David Procyshyn
Average: 4.7 (61 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. In this class, part 2 of our core strength series, David shows you how to keep the core engaged while moving your arms and legs and stretching some of the key groups of muscles around the pelvis that can limit mobility, such as the hamstrings, hips flexors (psoas and quadriceps), hips and lower back.

Equipment: Block, Chair
Style: Hatha Yoga, Yoga for Athletes, Yoga for Runners, Yoga for Strength, Yoga for Back Care


Thank you
AnnMoir 6 months ago

Wonderful classes. Thank you David. My life is much improved since starting do yoga with me .

Thank you David!
loveyoufiji 11 months ago

Would you help me understand the "push your sacrum forward" cue? Is this sort of a reminder to not forget the back when "sinching around the waist" as part of the banda activation?

Re: sacrum
David Procyshyn 11 months ago

Yes, that's pretty much it. It's the best way to describe the action of the pelvis, to make sure it doesn't tilt back and to have a feeling of lift and slight forward tilt. It's essentially a cue that encourages you to avoid letting the pelvis tilt back.

LOOOVE - it does look easy but it is NOT haha
perfecta25 11 months ago

I am recovering from a recent injury to my hip/pelvis/hamstring and back - this activates and totally releases the psoas and IT - I feel instant relief after this! Thank you!

I especially love your
Nyamyj 1 year ago

I especially love your message (and music during savasana) after savasana. It certainly helps me to be reminded to release and bring softness and move effortlessly with balance. As a beginner, this message is so important after years of tense movement as an athlete. Thank you.

I love love love this class,
TahoeInMe 1 year ago

I love love love this class, when will you bring us Establishing Core Strength lll?

Core Tight
payalkhndlwl 1 year ago

David, I have a question? Should the core be tight at all times during the exercise? Eg : Towards the end, when we bend the knees and let it drop should the core still be tight? Thanks.

Re: core activation
David Procyshyn 1 year ago

Good question. Think of core activation as a subtle energy whose purpose is to stabilize the body in a way that maintains length in the spine and range of motion in the joints. When you're doing something difficult, you may need to activate your core with a lot of strength. When you're doing something passive, it may be fine to let go of the core all together. It depends on the support that your spine needs at that time. Does that help?

Work all my tightest areas
BecRueter 1 year ago

Love the strengthening too. David's specific alignment guidance is essential and appreciated, even for this long time practitioner. It is why I love yoga so much.

Never have enough core work.
NAVPLION 1 year ago

David Procyshyn is great. I have done this particular instruction a half dozen times, and it always gives me a boost and some peace.