Yoga Conditioning for Core Sunday January 12th, 2020 2-5PM at Yoga BhogaBelmont
The word “core” gets tossed around a lot in yoga classes, but, in most cases, it’s used relatively ambiguously. Do you know what our intrinsic core muscles are? They’re the muscles that come on board when we lose our balance. The ability to return to a place of stability is important, not only on your mat, but it’s essential in every movement. For a moment in time, with each step we take, we’re balancing on one leg. This requires that we engage these intrinsic core muscles. When we’ve learned to optimally tone the muscles of the pelvic floor, respiratory diaphragm, the transverse abdominis and the multifidi, we can move with more ease and grace.
Wait, the diaphragm is a core muscle!? Yep. That’s why we can find ourselves holding our breath when we’re in Warrior 3 or Half Moon Pose. When I see a room full of students with that bug-eyed, clearly-not-breathing look, I like to remind them that, while this is a valiant attempt at recruiting a core muscle, there are other options. We can learn to breathe deeply and balance. It’s a matter of training the diaphragm to move properly and in tandem with the transverse abdominis, and, posture matters!
What about the pelvic floor? Is that group of muscles on your radar when you think of core strength? Isn’t it all about doing a zillion kegels a day? Nope. In fact, sometimes that can be counter-productive, and especially when we’re not doing them properly. If a muscle isn’t able to fully lengthen, and we keep shortening/contracting it, what we end up with is a weak and tight muscle. We don’t want tight muscles … we want toned muscles. Toned muscles are able to move within their full range of motion. I’ve worked with hundreds of people in the realm of pelvic floor health, and, at best, only a handful of them were taught to properly engage their pelvic floor. Here’s a teaser: optimal respiration is the key!
Join me on Sunday, January 12th to learn more! I’ll bring all my latest yoga therapy tricks and techniques to help YOU tap into the power of your core. I’ll demystify these often under-appreciated muscles, and we’ll hit the more well-known ones as well. We’re not able to go into all of this in a regular drop-in yoga class setting, but we’ll dive deep here. Get ready to nerd out and have fun.
This workshop costs $45 and includes a handout to support you in your practice during and after the workshop. There will be an anatomy and biomechanics portion, followed by practice. If you’ve attended a previous Yoga Conditioning workshop, join me again as you will learn new tricks and techniques for continued support on your path. For yoga teachers, each workshop qualifies for 3 hours of continuing education through Yoga Alliance.