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Welcome to the Core Yoga Program

Congratulations on taking the step towards greater health and wellbeing. The six classes in the Core Yoga Program are yours for life.

I hope you enjoy doing the classes and feel the benefits that they bring to your mind and body.

If you have any questions about the exercises or want to get in touch, please reach out by email: leah@thecentreofki.com.au 

Watch this introductory video for an overview of the program before you get started.

So, what is the “core”?

The “core” comprises a number of different elements that all work together to help you maintain your strength and stability. 

 

There are several muscles that make up the core and work to stabilise the mid to lower section of your body (the abdomen, lower back and pelvis). 

 

These key muscles include:

  • the diaphragm at the top (used in breathing).

  • the pelvic floor muscles (the base muscles that support pelvic organs that help with bowel and bladder control and sexual function).

  • the abdominal muscles including the rectus abdominis (the “six-pack” muscles), transverse abdominis (the belt-like muscles that wrap around), and internal and external obliques (provide lateral stability and support).

  • the muscles of the spine including the erector spinae (help with posture), multifidus (helps with stability and support) and quadratus lumborum (stabilises the pelvis and spine). 

 

Why are these muscles important?

These muscles support the function and structure of the organs in your abdomen, lower back and pelvis by:

  • creating intra-abdominal pressure. This pressure is essential for organ function and stability and is also required to help us breathe deeply and lift heavy objects.

  • improving digestive health. By squeezing and stretching the belly, we stimulate peristaltic movements in the intestines and promote healthy digestion.

  • improving blood flow and circulation through the belly. This promotes the flow of oxygen and nutrients to our abdominal organs, helps remove waste products and, in doing so, improves the overall health and function of the abdominal organs. 

  • improving posture and alignment. The spine, belly and pelvis work together to promote good posture and help our organs sit in the right place. When our organs are out of alignment, they can press up against the spine, causing pain and discomfort. Working the core can help with the positioning and function of the organs in our belly.

  • creating a base of support. The pelvic floor muscles provide support for the pelvic organs, helping with bladder and bowel control and preventing the possibility of organ prolapse (i.e. the uterus or bladder descending into the vaginal canal). 

What’s the deeper connection between the core and the mind?

Thirdly, and perhaps the hardest one to grasp but also the most important, is the connection that your core has to your wellbeing. 

In Japanese Yoga, we use the term “hara” to describe the region just below the navel and deep within the abdomen.

The hara is the centre of your physical and spiritual energy. 

 

It is your centre of gravity and balance. 

 

It is the source of your power and intuition. 

 

Cultivating the hara through Core Yoga exercises helps to improve stability and strength, improve energy (ki/chi) flow through the organs and the body, and strengthens the connection between mind and body. 

 

As a result, your overall health and vitality is enhanced and we become fully aware of our body, tuning into the internal sensations and the fluctuations taking place deep inside of you. 

 

This connection to hara is something that I find fascinating and is something that I have cultivated for almost three decades of my life. 

 

This connection has helped me conceive, grow and birth a healthy baby. 

 

This connection has helped me stay strong in times of intense emotional turmoil.

 

This connection has helped me grow into the person I wish to become, boldly showing up even when fear and anxiety sit below the surface.

 

And cultivating this connection has helped me maintain an exceptional level of health, energy and vitality so that I can continue to do the things I love doing, and go on new and exciting adventures, well into my 40s.  

 

That is why core yoga is a foundational pillar of my yoga practice and something that I am excited to share with you.

 

Whether you are just starting out, or a seasoned yoga practitioner (student or teacher), there is an element of this practice that will bring about new insights into the way you move and feel about your body and connect with your deeper self.

 

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