203: Anatomy of the Core

This course will introduce you to the key concepts that help us understand core activation, and how they affect the body's stability and mobility. Then we’ll look closely at eight core muscles, where they are, how they work individually and together, and the role they play in a variety of yoga poses.

In this course, you will learn to:

  • Kep Concepts

    Describe key concepts that help you understand the role of core muscles in providing strength and stability

  • Functional Groups

    List the eight key core muscles in functional groups and cue students to activate each one.

  • Asanas

    Understand and describe the action of these core muscles within a variety of yoga poses.

Course Curriculum

203: Anatomy Of The Core

    1. START HERE

    2. HOW TO TAKE THIS COURSE

    3. SYLLABUS

    4. ABOUT YOUR FACULTY

    5. COURSE MATERIALS

    6. Q&A

    1. INTRODUCTION TO LESSON ONE

    2. JOINT STABILITY AND MOBILITY

    3. STABILIZERS AND MOBILIZERS

    4. CONSCIOUS VS UNCONSCIOUS CONTROL

    5. THE PURPOSE OF THE CORE

    6. TYPES OF MUSCLE ACTIVATION

    7. ACTIVITY: TYPES OF MUSCLE ACTIVATION

    8. QUIZ: KEY CONCEPTS

    9. LESSON SUMMARY

    1. INTRODUCTION TO LESSON TWO

    2. CORE MUSCLES

    3. MUSCLE GROUPINGS

    4. LESSON SUMMARY

    1. INTRODUCTION TO LESSON THREE

    2. THE PELVIC FLOOR

    3. TRANSVERSE ABDOMINIS

    4. THE DIAPHRAGM

    5. ACTIVITY: THE SIT-UP, PART ONE

    6. QUIZ: DEEP CYLINDER OF SUPPORT

    7. LESSON SUMMARY

    1. INTRODUCTION TO LESSON FOUR

    2. THE INTERNAL OBLIQUES

    3. THE EXTERNAL OBLIQUES

    4. BONUS: RECTUS ABDOMINIS

    5. ACTIVITY: THE SIT-UP, PART TWO

    6. QUIZ: THE ABDOMINAL MUSCLES

    7. LESSON SUMMARY

    1. INTRODUCTION TO LESSON FIVE

    2. MULTIFIDUS

    3. QUADRATUS LUMBORUM

    4. ACTIVITY: THE SIT-UP, PART THREE

    5. ACTIVITY: APPLY IT TO YOGA!

    6. QUIZ: CORE MUSCLES OF THE BACK

    7. LESSON SUMMARY

About this course

  • $45.00
  • 53 lessons

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Student Reviews

5 star rating

Great Tutorials and resources

Precious Joseph

I love the video tutorials and the resources included throughout the course

I love the video tutorials and the resources included throughout the course

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5 star rating

Lots of information!

Joan Turlington

This lesson is loaded! It’s going to take a few reviews to really digest it, but such worthwhile information.

This lesson is loaded! It’s going to take a few reviews to really digest it, but such worthwhile information.

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5 star rating

Very Clear

Anna Sands

5 star rating

Have learned so much!

Ellen Broderick

Thank you, David, for your clarity and great instruction.

Thank you, David, for your clarity and great instruction.

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5 star rating

Deeper understanding of what my core is doing for me

Abigail Watkins

This course illuminated the ways in which our core muscles work together to protect, stabilize and mobilize us through yoga and life. Well structured, simpl...

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This course illuminated the ways in which our core muscles work together to protect, stabilize and mobilize us through yoga and life. Well structured, simple and fun to complete

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5 star rating

Amazing course

Alice Ibba

The course was so informative and well explained, and I understood so many things about the core muscles and how they work together in yoga poses. I love Dav...

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The course was so informative and well explained, and I understood so many things about the core muscles and how they work together in yoga poses. I love David and his way of teaching, and I definitely recommend this course!

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Absolutely outstanding

Emma Constable

Amazing resource well created and includes amazing knowledge and understanding

Amazing resource well created and includes amazing knowledge and understanding

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5 star rating

The clearest way to explain how the core muscles work

Maria Samper

I loved the clarity, the shortness, the hand-on examples given to explain how the muscles work. Great course. Thank you

I loved the clarity, the shortness, the hand-on examples given to explain how the muscles work. Great course. Thank you

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VERY CLEAR

Sanford Levy

This is an outstanding review of the core muscles. The explanations are crystal clear.

This is an outstanding review of the core muscles. The explanations are crystal clear.

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Loving my body

Amanda Alexander

This course has taught me to love, appreciate, and wonder in awe of my body in so many new ways. I have always been curious about the capacity of the mind-bo...

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This course has taught me to love, appreciate, and wonder in awe of my body in so many new ways. I have always been curious about the capacity of the mind-body connection and the complexities of the body, and I feel so much more confident, competent, and motivated to keep practicing, learning, and growing with this yoga teacher training. The teachers are so thoughtful and invested and the capacity to pace myself helps eliminate pressure and stress in the learning process. Thanks and namaste all~

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Back core muscles

Virginia Rego

The much forgotten back muscles well explained. I hadn't really thought of the QL and multifidus as part of the core before: the activities brought theory to...

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The much forgotten back muscles well explained. I hadn't really thought of the QL and multifidus as part of the core before: the activities brought theory to practice.

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Meet Your Instructor

E-RYT 250, RMT, BSc David Procyshyn

David is a yoga and meditation teacher, massage therapist, Environmental Biology graduate and visionary behind DoYogaWithMe.com, a transformative platform with a global reach of over 300,000. For over 20 years, David has provided well-informed, proven strategies to well-being, addressing a variety of common issues such as chronic pain, optimal mental and physical performance and anxiety and depression. David is not just a yogi; he's a healer, mentor, and entrepreneur, and aims to continue to help millions find their path to realize their full potential. To learn more, visit davidprocyshyn.com.