February Featured Practice Series: Core Strength Made Fun with Natasha Rizopoulos, Claudine Beeson, and Melina Meza

Strong and Steady with Full Side-Plank (Vashistasana)

Vashistasana is a challenging, core-strengthening and balancing pose. It stabilizes the arms, belly, legs, and wrists, and in its full version, demands flexibility of the legs. In this tutorial, Natasha breaks this pose down into other, more familiar poses whose actions all come into play in Vashistasana, so that the final pose feels accessible.

One-Stop Core Stability Shop: Boat Pose

The one stop shopping of core stabilization! Embrace this powerful pose to strengthen not merely your abs, but your lower belly, back, and hip flexors. Natasha also includes a trick for taking some of the work off of the psoas and keeping the legs more neutral. Discover how transformative Boat Pose (Navasana) can be!

Hot Hot Hot: Heat Up Your Core and More!

Turn up the temperature with this strong, dynamic flow designed to engage all your muscles while paying some special attention on the core. By starting with a review of Ujjayi breath, this practice creates a detoxifying heat around your lungs and solar plexus that will carry you throughout the flow. 

Poses We Love (to Hate) – Building Core Strength with Crow Pose

For Crow Pose (Bakasana) to fly, deep core muscles must be engaged and strengthened, and the outer hips need to open. In this practice, Melina takes you through the necessary steps to activate those essential muscles. She also shows you how to use chair to access better hip opening and help your Crow Pose take off!