Finding Stability In All Poses

David Procyshyn
Instructor David Procyshyn
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Average: 4.7 (54 votes)
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Now that you have learned how to breathe deeply and engage and strengthen the deep core muscles (bandhas) from the first two videos in this series, David shows you how to use these principles to stabilize the lower back and pelvis while stretching and doing some of the most common yoga poses. If you would like to start from the beginning, the first class in this series is The 3-Part Breath and Ujjayi Breathing and the second class is Integrating the Breath and the Bandhas. You can also find all three together in our program Establish Your Core Stability and Strength and on our Yoga for Beginners page.

Equipment: Block
Style: Gentle Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Yoga for Strength, Yoga for Back Care

Comments

DeeLish 4 weeks ago

Hi David, just wanted to say that taking the time to re-visit the bandhas, with the three poses was really rewarding. I didn't realise how much I wasn't engaging the bandhas as I am naturally quite flexible.
It's a whole new level of practice!
Thank you, Dee
Ps, I find child pose very restrictive to breathe ... is that normal?

David Procyshyn 3 weeks ago

Thanks, DeeLish!
Yes, child's pose compresses the ribs so it does restrict the breath.
Take care,
David

angiperretti@gm... 1 month ago

Hi David: I found it difficult to keep up with you because I wasn 't told when to breath as you were instructing at the same time. I got lost and was out of sync with your guidance. Is it possible to make an entire guidance video maybe 1 hour long of nothing but pranayama breathing with all the bandhas included...with you speaking and telling us moment by moment when to breath, what type of breath to engage, and when to exhale and begin again??? I will probably want to buy this one from your site if you make it. Just like the your video on hips, Hamstrings and lower back? I can follow that one perfectly.
I am a senior in quaranteen and I have taken up this new healthy hobby. I want to subscribe, but cannot do so right now.
'Thank you for all your expert guidance and knowledge!
Angi

David Procyshyn 1 month ago

Hello Angi.
Thank you so much for the feedback. That means a lot to me.
I chose not to guide the breathing in this class because I thought it might be too much for people to focus on, considering the level of detail given to alignment. Typically I do cue the breath with movement in my classes, though.
In regards to your request, do you want a class that focuses on the bandhas and alignment, but with breathing guidance as well?

angiperretti@gm... 1 month ago

Hello David: Thank you for taking the time to follow up on my comments and personal suggestions. Yes, I do want a video class that only incorporates all, or most, of the breathing /pranayama techniques so that I can learn them all (side by side), learn their differences, and learn when and how to use them while doing asanas. INcorporate the bandhas, too. I love them!! When I can see the difference between all of them, I can learn them by memory. Also, I wanted to do this pranayama class video just after my morning walk, for at least an hour. I wanted to do the breathing while I was "warm" in from the morning walk. I want to breathe...breathe...breathe energy into my body, exercising all the breathing muscles of the abdominal cavity and thoratic cavity, directing energy into all the chakras. This, I am sure, will work wonders for me to decrease anxiety and stress, and to reach the internal organs with fresh energy in the blood stream. Can you do all this and even offer breathing guidance? And, YES!! I will certainly purchase this video for my yoga video library. David, You're awesome!!! Angi Perretti

raneeshm 5 months ago

Fantastic, adds a whole new dimension to doing the downward dog. I did struggle holding the bandas when in the seated position, but this is the new challenge. Thanks David.

Kkeating 5 months ago

I’m finding these sessions extremely rewarding, but always struggle to tell if my body is positioned correctly. (Are my knees below my hips? No mirror and no idea!) but the real challenge was base of hands in downward dog. So painful by the end that I had to come out early. Makes me think my weight was improperly distributed but not sure how to figure that out. Will just keep trying.

PianoWire 5 months ago

With finger interlaced and elbows straight I'm unable to get my arms much more than 45 degrees above horizontal. Which is more important, to keep my elbows straight or to raise my hands directly overhead?

David Procyshyn 5 months ago

It's more important to lengthen your elbow joints. 45 degrees is fine! Just work on releasing those tight muscles and breathing deep and slow!

Bev2009 5 months ago

A few questions--
1. When doing the Back Strengthening series, is it okay to do the classes on consecutive days, or is it best to follow on the Day 1,3,5 etc pattern? I didn't see any direction as to why the classes are spaced out.
2. I found this class particularly challenging. I don't feel like I 'get it' fully, or even partially. The Bandhas are difficult (and I keep forgetting which one is which so I get distracted as you instruct as to whether I'm engaging the correct one!) and I found myself struggling to breath fully.
3. On the seated staff/staph/? pose, I found my lower back wanting to collapse.

So....do I need to master this class before moving on? I've been doing classes with DYWM semi regularly since fall of last year--in fits and starts! Or, just keep moving on, hoping that I'll figure out the Bandhas as I go? Appreciate some response as you're able.