Yoga For Core Strength

Strengthen your abdominal muscles, stabilise and protect your lower back, in this Yoga For Core Strength course. These tutorials take you through a range of Iyengar yoga exercises for building abdominal strength. Each lesson is brief – allowing you to easily fit them into a busy schedule. With practice, the yoga sequences contained in this course will improve your posture and can help to reduce chronic back pain.

Challenge yourself to practice these poses each day for a couple of weeks and feel the results for yourself. Work with the tutorials by themselves, or use them to supplement other classes. Abdominal exercises are often challenging in the beginning but quickly become rewarding.

Who is this course for?
  • Individuals with weakened abdominal muscles – for example following childbirth
  • Those with poor posture
  • Anyone wanting to focus on improving overall strength and sense of wellbeing
  • People with a history of sciatica or other lower back difficulties
  • Completion of the Yoga Selection beginners program or equivalent is recommended

If you have a lower back problem please seek permission from your doctor prior to participating in this course.

How will this course help me?

These classes will help you strengthen your abdominal muscles and stabilise your spine. Studies have shown that core stabilisation can assist in reducing chronic back pain. Having a stronger core will assist you in making safer and more sustained progress with other yoga poses such as backbends.

What do I get from this course?

  • A comprehensive and structured approach to core stabilisation using Iyengar yoga techniques
  • Essential foundations and key principles clearly communicated to help you go further on your yoga journey
  • Step by step tracking of your progression through the course
  • Email reminders to help keep you motivated and on track
  • Email support from your teacher

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Course Progress

Yoga For Core Strength Course - Tutorial 1

Focus: This tutorial will suit people who are less experienced with abdominal poses or working mainly from the beginner section. If you feel that you may be lacking in abdominal strength then this video is for you. In just 20 minutes you are introduced to several poses that will rapidly help to build abdominal strength and tone your waistline. These poses also help to strengthen your leg muscles and lower back. You will learn to break these poses down into manageable stages. If for now the full pose is out of reach you are taught some modified stages that you can work on. Progress can be made quite quickly with the abdominals. The short duration of these videos is intended to help you practice this sequence regularly, as part of your ongoing practice.
Benefits: Increased abdominal, lower back and leg muscle strength, improved posture
Equipment: Mat.
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Duration: 20 min Download Class

Yoga For Core Strength Course - Tutorial 2

Focus: This tutorial explores the abdominal strengthening poses paripurna navasana and ardha navasana. It progresses from the more basic poses in the first tutorial and incorporates some more challenging variations. If you have more experience with these poses and are working mainly from the intermediate section then this video will suit you. Equally this will be a natural progression for anyone who has spent some time with the first tutorial. The abdominal strength cultivated here will be helpful in a number of intermediate and advanced poses. There is a close relationship between abdominal strength and lower back strength. The muscles in your lower back will also be challenged with these poses. For that reason this tutorial ends with a pose which has a releasing effect on the spine.
Benefits: Increased abdominal, lower back and leg muscle strength, improved posture
Equipment: Mat, chair
Level: Intermediate
Duration: 15 min Download Class

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