giveaway: judith hanson lasater core strength e-courseI’m obsessed with core strength. My practice focuses on mainly on postures that develop core strength, and they keep constant pain at bay. The core, what the call the layers of muscles and connective tissue of the torso (abdominals, sides, back and even down into the hips), is a complex and intricate system, so I welcome any opportunity to learn more about it.… Read more


giveaway: judith hanson lasater core strength e-course

I’m obsessed with core strength. My practice focuses on mainly on postures that develop core strength, and they keep constant pain at bay. The core, what the call the layers of muscles and connective tissue of the torso (abdominals, sides, back and even down into the hips), is a complex and intricate system, so I welcome any opportunity to learn more about it.

This is why I’m excited about The Core of the Matter: Essentials of Core Strengthening for Yoga Practitioners, Judith Hanson Lasater’s upcoming course with IAYB sponsor Yoga U Online. As the course description says: 

In this 2-part online course, yoga teacher, physical therapist, and author Judith Hanson Lasater shows how to integrate a core routine as part of a yoga practice to make core work fun and rewarding. Judith will present an innovative and easy-to-follow program of asanas variations and breathing practices to integrate in your yoga practice, and also show simple activities you can incorporate throughout your daily activities to strengthen the core.

All the action goes down on Tuesday, October 21 and Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 5:30pm Pacific / 8:30pm Eastern.

IAYB is delighted to offer two spots in the course to two lucky readers! All you have to is leave a comment below telling us (briefly) about your relationship with your physical core. Enter before 8pm EST, Monday, October 20, 2014. Two names will be drawn at random and notified by email.

All email addresses will be added to the IAYB and Yoga U Online mailing lists. If you do not wish to be added, simply write OPT OUT at the end of your comment.


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  1. Honestly, I don’t have a good relationship with my core. Even though I know it is the center of so much of my physical well-being, I tend not to focus on this area. I am trying to get over that mental hump, though, and winning a spot in this course would be an excellent first step!

  2. Back pain brought me to yoga (reluctantly). Pain that is usually chronic. Through diligent core and back work, I am completely pain free. I’d love to learn more core exercises!

  3. I am just learning where my core is. Once I made contact with it for the first time, everything changed . Not just how I found containment in poses but my confidence and way of speaking changed as well. I still don’t know a whe lot about it, but can’t I believe I went a whole 26 years not knowing I had one…physically, emotionally, spiritually. Hello center of my being! How can I make use of you?

  4. I finally “came back” to yoga a few months ago and I know it’s been helping me build more strength and stability in my core because the lower back pain I was having is pretty much nonexistent. That said, I don’t feel that I have a good handle on how to specifically target my core in asanas the way I can other areas of my body.

  5. What a wonderful opportunity! My core has been a long time love/not so love relationship. Having had 3 c-sections in the past 9 years rebuilding core strength has been an ongoing process. I am always embracing opportunities to learn something new.

  6. Core!
    To stand strong, to walk gracefully, to move integrated through the flow, to sit with comfort, to hold your head up with confidence, it’s all about core!
    With core strength, comes ease in most if not all poses I think.
    Core strength, helps you stay safe in the poses.
    I have found through years of practice, the stronger my core is the easier it all is!

  7. Thank you for this opportunity. Core? What Core? I have never been in touch with my Core ever. I feel I would benefit from this e-course and I admire Judith Hanson Lasater. Jai.

  8. Low back pain and a hip surgery brought the importance of the core to my attention. My yoga practice helps me maintain it. I now teach yoga and always look for more ways to help others strengthen and stabilize their core to live pain free.

  9. I have awareness of my core, and work to strengthen it, but think I have a weak pelvic floor. I’d love to learn more.

  10. I have been rethinking my relationship with my core for a while now, steering away from the emphasis of the recommended exercises for core strength, instead allowing my core to expand in soft yet toned stability. I’ve been asking my core whats best for me as a woman and allowing my core or my belly to lead me. Working with posture and compassion and awareness my core is strong without being tight and on many levels I feel I am touching deeper non physical benefits as a result.

  11. I teach yoga and still have a poor core! Better than when I started yoga, but not as much as I would like!

  12. My core is a mystery to me. Sometimes I think/believe I have connected with it. You known down to that deep core pull the navel in, c curve or concentrate and wrap your Transverse Abdominals. Yeah, sometimes I think I get it and yes I am working so hard, but yet I do not seem to connect. I believe ones connection to their core connects them to our bandhas.It is all integrated and an important aspect in our practice. To be able to gain additional knowledge from someone such as you would be invaluable.
    Much Love,

  13. Although I’m a pretty dedicated yogi, practicing 5-7 days a week at home and in classes, I will admit core is something typically omit from my home practice. Core strength-building is tough! And it’s a lot easier for me to meet that discomfort with my best effort in class than it is for me when there isn’t a teacher to follow and a class to keep up with. I’d love to learn more about Judith’s approach; I’d love to grow my awareness, skills, and commitment to strengthening this essential area of the body.

  14. My relationship with my core is wobbly right now. After taking a break from teaching yoga while I was pregnant and having a cesarean birth my core is not what it was. I love my belly that was home to my daughter but i would love a stronger core to keep up with her with more ease.

  15. there is drama when I engage my core – slumpasana may not be the answer – 🙂

  16. Gratitude to the CORE! For keeping me active through my athletics, my job as a Dental Assistant, salsa dancing, and for my Yoga practice. Also, I LOVE to the core 🙂 The reality is hitting home that as life continues to be stressful and my body is ageing, I cannot help but wonder what I must do to continue to keep this tender Pelvic Core healthy and striving. Judith, can you help?

  17. I attended a workshop with you, Judith, where you spoke of the movie “The Gods Must Be Crazy”. You expressed delight in the natural posture of the Africans in the movie, how their bellies were round and protruded naturally. Here, we suck in our bellies. I want to understand how to have a relaxed, un-sucked in belly and free breathing as well as a strong, engaged core. All at the same time.

  18. I’m still in the beginnings of a relationship with my body in general, let alone my core. I welcome all the help I can get to assist me in building this relationship so that I’m in less pain and better equipped to teach it to others. Thanks for all you do!!!

  19. I practice and teach yoga practically everyday, but still struggle with maintaining a strong core.
    I’m strong in my upper body, bit lacking in core strength.
    I know that developing my core will make such a difference with my play with inversions and overall lower back health.
    Hope I win:)
    Thank you!

  20. The word “core” always reminds me of an apple core after the apple has been chewed around the edges. The Apple core always looks a bit brown and unwanted after it’s been sitting in the air too long. this perhaps sums up my connection, or more accurately, disconnection perhaps, from my ever elusive physical core!

  21. As I grow older my core strength seems to get weaker. I want to maintain good posture, keep my spinal stenosis in check, and remain core strong! So far yoga and forward folds have helped my back issues but now it is time to return to focus on my core. I need this as part of my healthy body routine!

  22. My relationship with my core is ever changing.

  23. I love that my core supported me through two pregnancies & is hanging in there, still! I would love it to be a bit more strong to protect my back & keep me strong!

  24. I’ve been eyeing this course, too. As a practitioner and teacher with low back/ SI joint issues partly related to lumbar discs, I’ve come to appreciate how vital the core is to safe practice and daily living. I teach about core to yoga teachers in training, as well. Right now I am working on a lot of gentle core stabilising/strengthening for a group of 55plus women to aid and improve their balance. I refer to Judith’s books all the time! Thank you for this generous offer!

  25. My core has never been as weak as it is these days! I haven’t done what I need to do to get it back after pregnancy. I have been dealing with pelvic floor issues for the past two years and I struggle with how to strengthen my core without putting stress on my pelvic floor. I have a decent working knowledge of the body and have done a ton of research into pelvic floor rehab and yet I still feel a bit lost in knowing how to safely rehabilitate my body 🙂

  26. My relationship with my core involves working with a persistent diastisis recti. Darn those two babies 😉
    I’m also a prenatal yoga instructor and I work with moms postpartum as well. I’d love to grow my practice with some new skills.

  27. I tend to ignore my core, both in my personal practice and in teaching! 🙁 I’m committed to changing my habits, though.

  28. As a PT and Pilates instructor I feel I talk about the core all day long….HOWEVER, as a mother of two young girls I don’t often practice what I preach! Am definitely ready for some motivation and inspiration!!

  29. I used to have a strong core (and flat tummy). Now, two kids later and hitting my late 30’s all that has changed. I know sit ups are bad but would love to learn what is best so I can help myself and the students I teach yoga to.

  30. I find it challenging to really strengthen and engage my core after 3 children, even though I keep trying. And I love Judith who prepared me for life and birthing many years ago!:-)

  31. This sounds like a great course!

  32. Major emergency abdominal surgery brought me into checking out a new “exercise” called Yoga. My mind and body was hooked, still struggle to engage my inner core as some connections have been “lost” due to the surgery and now that I am a Yoga Teacher I need to clarify through my voice as I am not able to model all poses. Luv to find new tips and movements to find and build that missing core strength.

  33. My psoas asked me to comment…

  34. I have recently started to have what I think it may be a better relationship with my core. I struggled with lower back and SI problems after pregnancy and child birth many years ago. Yoga was the ticket for some pain free days. I want more ease…thank you! Alina 🙂

  35. building core is not only about physical strength of course~it is about finding and recognizing our essence and true self. The thing is, when I work on developing core strength AND finding my true self, I stand taller and feel so much better! The two go together!

  36. I am looking forward to learning how to stay pain free after a long back and forth lower back and tight SI joint dysfunction (pregnancy and child birth related)

  37. I teach yoga and fitness classes and have studied Pilates also. Core fitness is an important part of my own fitness routine. I think I could benefit greatly from this course and would like to be able to share the knowledge with my students.

  38. For years, I focused on obtaining a “beautiful” core, which I vainly associated with a well-defined “six pack”. Even though I had a sneaking suspicion, I wasn’t willing to admit that all the crunches and leg lifts were significantly contributing to my low back pain. I tried various ways to suck in my lower belly, hoping to look good but not hurt my back. Finally, after practically beating myself over the head by repeatedly reading/hearing info from a few very wise yoga teachers, including Judith Lasater, Michelle Edwards, and Jenny Otto, I GOT why I needed to quit all of that! Now one of my big soap box issues is NO MORE CRUNCHES, and I focus on planks primarily as a means for core strength. I would be honored to be chosen for a free spot to learn other ways, perhaps more interesting and creative, for myself and my classes to correctly “engage and strengthen” our core. Or maybe, we need to learn to “let it go” more??? I’ve taken a couple of workshops in person with Judith, including one recently on SI joint health, and she is truly a “teacher’s teacher”. Pick me! 🙂

  39. I’m working mainly with people with postural problems and always trying to deepen my knowledge. Now the only way for me to continue my education as yoga teachet is on line courses, because in thera no yoga trainings in Armenia .

  40. I’d love to take another class with Judith, especially on core. She has a gentle and very informative way if encouraging one to be present in her body. I need that in my core more than anywhere . Thanks for the opportunity!

  41. Hi, I wish I could learn with Judith Hanson Lasater! Her books are so great.

  42. I need help with my core strength, or lack thereof, and fast!

    I’m having abdominal surgery this fall and it just has to be easier to have this in place beforehand, than trying to recover what wasn’t ther afterwards. Help!

  43. My core is my centre in every way I can imagine. While trying to share some yoga postures with a friend recently diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease, I found it is the root of most of her physical limitations. I have just completed YTT but it sadly it did not get to the CORE issue. I would love to discover new ways to ignite and understand the power of the core so I can share it with my friend and hopefully other students one day.

  44. after 40 years of chronic illness and several surgeries I am taking control of my own health and body. I will be working with local veterns to help them have more body awareness.

  45. My core is the weakest part of my body and I am a Yoga Teacher. Every time I try to work on my core I end up hurting my back.

  46. Ever since I turned 40 I’ve noticed a change in my core. Even though I workout and practice yoga regularly there is a change and I’d love to learn from Judith on what I can do to stay strong in my core as I realize that it affects my overall health.

    Thank you for the opportunity. Jai!

  47. I’m training in a Strength and Conditioning Certification Program and want to have a deeper understanding of core studies in yoga and the fitness world. This course looks like a great one to take from Judith’s perspective.

  48. I would love to learn more about the core to help myself, and students. I used to avoid core work like the plague and now I teach core classes but I feel like my knowledge in the subject is not very deep. It has helped me a great deal with back pain and I am ready to learn more. Thank for you for the opportunity!

  49. Judith is amazing and welcome the opportunity to take another class with her- she gets to THE CORE of all we do – that’s why I’m looking forward to hearing her insights~ definition of CORE always great to get more clarification

  50. I have a deep respect for the support of my core and have an interest in bringing more focus to this area in my yoga practice and in my work as a physical therapist. I have never taken a class with Judith but have one of her early books.

  51. I am 67 years old and have always been active in various forms of sport: ballet, tennis, rock climbing, running, skiing, canoeing. It was not until I discovered Yoga ten years ago that I started having a relationship with my body that went so much deeper than being fit and in shape. It was as if I found a new person inside of me. Getting older has put some constraints on my physical body and overcoming fear of some inversions and forearm balances is something I work on on all levels. But I keep trying hoping that the fear will let go and resolve itself. Pranayama and meditation seems to help and become more important.

  52. I usually have a dedicated daily practice with vinyasa, hatha or Ashtanga.
    Since I have been diagnosed with breast cancer and undergoing chemo I havent been able to do as much vinyasa or core work and would like to do some at my own pace as I strengthen my body to help fight this disease.

  53. My core- I’m trying to find it. I think it’s hiding behind my belly.

  54. I started practicing yoga in my forties due to illness, which at that time the doctors said I had fibromyalgia and no matter how much it hurt, I needed to keep moving. AT that point, I had only taken a couple of yoga classes at my local YMCA, but instantly loved it. I did not feel I could return to class at the time, so I experimented with several yoga videos and began my home practice. Years later, I trained to be a yoga instructor, and now have been teaching gentle yoga to mid-lifers and up for 7 years. I often use Judith’s restorative yoga book for myself and to teach to students. My core is still not very strong, ever since I had C-sections in my 20s. I would love to take an online class for core strength with Judith. Thank you, Debbie

  55. My core is my friend. When my lower back started to bother me – think I couldn’t stand up straight – at age 15 my doctor (a GP) suggested I do core exercises every day to relieve the pain and keep it from coming back. I have done core work religiously as a result of it, and then when my back went out a year ago, that, and the exercises my Pt gave me helped heal my back again with no other intervention. I love Judith’s approach to teaching and sharing her knowledge and am continuously interested in knowing and understanding more about the part of me that has helped me overcome and heal my back issues. I also teach yoga/stress management to people in the office environment and am always looking for ways to help them understand their core to help them overcome the daily strain of being in a chair all day.

  56. I was tall at a young age – 5’10” when I was 12. I was gawky and awkward and tried to minimize my height by adapting a horrid slouch. When I came to yoga I became enamoured with poses that could strengthen my core and help me stand up straight, tall and proud. As my yoga practice deepened though, I came to appreciate the relationship between strength and suppleness. I have read several of JHL’s books and would love a space in her e-course.

  57. I have been working on the core to help me better move through the world emotionally and emotionally. Jai!

  58. When I compare myself to others, I have a horrible relationship with my “core”……when I feel it without judging, I have a wonderful relationship to it. I think so many terms are thrown around. Core is one of them. I think of the core of an apple or the inside of a piano when I think of the word core. When I stop thinking about it and begin feeling it, it takes on a world of its own. And, its my world…..I love my body and that includes my core!

  59. mixed feelings about the core…so central to the integrity of the body, after all, it is ‘core’…but also the source of emotional heartache for so many. I would love to hear Judith’s core wisdom!

  60. Every time I have had the pleasure of studying with JHL I have benefitted immensely. She always has a juicy tidbit or word of wisdom that exponentially directs my yoga practice to the very core of my being. Now it’s time to finesse the core of the core and more.

  61. I often include some core work in class and would love to hear what Judith suggests for including in our classes! Thanks!

  62. I would love any class taught by Judith Lasater.

  63. The core of our body is not just “a physical area”. It is also the foundational support of our heart, mind and soul. When we ground ourselves or begin to calm a vata mind, the process begins in the navel chakra. Feelings of loss, grief or sadness directly effect our core muscles. A weak core, can lead to debilitating back, hip, shoulder, neck and leg pain/dysfunction. Creating core strength is more than just a monotonous litany of sit ups. True core health requires balancing the strength and flexibility of ALL the muscles it encompasses. Judith is a true master teacher. I live and teach yoga/meditation in Wichita, KS. Students are frequently requesting strategies to improve their core. Being able to learn from Judith would be a dream come true. I wish the best to whom ever are the two lucky winners. Namaste!!

  64. My relationship with the core is complete disaster. My job is sitting with computer, leading global meetings on the phone. Which means my core is getting weaker and weaker. I do practice yoga and this does not compensate for crazy lifestyle. If I could learn more on core strength, it would be really one of the best thing for me – I guarantee to put it into practice!!

  65. Since having my third child last October, my core muscles improperly fire and I feel as though I no longer have any connection to rectis or obliques. I’ve been working with a physiotherapist for months trying to re-connect and re-articulate contraction without pushing my stomach out. It’s been a long, hard road but I’m finally made a breakthrough with engagement in my transversus. I also suffered a 4 finger diastasis separation. I feel like I need all the help I can get.

  66. My physical core allowed me to carry my baby for 9 months while teaching yoga, and even though it’s still on its way back to being what it once was it allows me to care for her (my new baby) and my yoga students even now.

  67. I am currently working on developing my core strength. Through Yoga, I am beginning to have body awareness and realize how important core strength is. Judith Lasater is one of my yoga teacher’s influences, which led me to read her books and start following her work. To attend her course is huge for me. 🙂

  68. As a relatively new and passionate yoga teacher, I feel as if I am discovering my core and noticing the same in my students. I am intensely curious about all of the vantage points for this journey. Thank you for all that you do in helping us discover more!

  69. Tapping into my core changed my understanding of most asanas. I was always the “bendy in the middle”, flexible lower back type and I could push through most poses this way but it was only after I learned (still learning, TBH) to engage my core, I started to feel stability and grounding…

  70. I find that as I teach, I realize how much I have neglected my core. Although I still want to get more upper body strength (pull ups, you remain elusive as a yeti), I feel that I need to get more in tune with my core. I’m not wanting 6 pack abs or anything, but I feel like it would really benefit both my yoga practice and martial arts training. 🙂

  71. Judith is a treasure. I would love to win this.

  72. Judith Lasater’s words and books are my bible. I’m inspired by her in every way. I have a very confident and strong relationship with my core body and would be grateful for the opportunity to learn more from my beloved teacher
    Thank you. Jai!

  73. Would love to learn more about a core practice from Judith. I teach to an older population, and core strength is so important to their posture and flexibility. Studied Restorative Yoga with her and use what I learned in every class I teach.

  74. Alignment is key! Love my core!

  75. My core and I have a fragmented relationship. Years of overuse in some areas and underuse in others have left me and my core is a seeming disalignment of sorts!

  76. My core is the center of my being. It’s the reservoir for my emotions, my pride, my pain, my celebrations, history and future…..all things manifested into what I am and feel in this moment. It can feel tight, queasy, upset, strong, achy, happy, expanded, contracted, full, and empty.

  77. I want to learn as much as I can about core and the body.

  78. My core speaks its own language that I still struggle to connect with. Learning that force doesn’t always open that communication link…… the one relationship I am hopeful will grow is the core and all it encompasses.

    Thanks for your continued knowledge Judith….. keeping my eyes peeled for your wisdom on the wide web.


  79. I am building a strong relationship with my core now that I have experienced recent injuries. It’s amazing to see that the core is not just simply the abdominal so but so much more than that. I could use this course right now big time!

  80. I’d love to love my core, I’d love it to be strong, proud and soft to support me in all I do.

  81. Though my core is fairly strong, as a yoga teacher I desire to increase my knowledge of the core for my students. Expanding my teaching tools & sharpen my teaching skills as it relates to therapeutics & restorative yoga is a my passion and priority…and hearing JHL teach would be wonderful and so inspiring! :::There is much more than navasana:::
    Blessings and huge gratitude for the books and many writings generously shared.

  82. Would love to enter please!

  83. I have been doing Jazzercise for years, but have recently gotten into yoga. I feel it has strengthened my core in ways that aerobic exercise has not. I used to hate planks, but can now sustain a plank quite well. My body approves, as does my mind!

  84. i love planks! I didn’t used to, but my core is now strong enough to handle it. My back feels better, too!

  85. Hello! I have been told I have a lazy core. Maybe it’s not lazy maybe it just hasn’t had an inspiring teacher ! 🙂

  86. I think I’ve grossly neglected my core over the years and I feel that much of my chronic complaints are due to this. I’m just starting a routine to strengthen my core to see if it helps remedy some of these problems. It sure can’t hurt!

  87. Connecting with my core during my as an a practice helps me to remember to do so all day long. I feel stronger and more centered as my strength and awareness increase.

  88. I have brief moments of connection to my core. When I am connected I feel grounded, powerful, and grateful. It allows my heart to bloom . I’d love to spend more time developing that relationship!

  89. I have pelvic floor dysfunction, so my relationship to my core is vital. I am currently recovering from another surgery and was told not to engage my core for two months (is that even possible?)! Let’s just say we are getting reacquainted and discovering new things after all these years together–yes, it is possible!

  90. After being in a car accident in 2008 and incurring a low-back injury, I am a major believer in doing daily core work. I find that even five minutes a day makes a huge difference. A strong core means less back pain, and less back pain means a happier and freer attitude. That injury led me to develop great compassion for those who live with chronic pain.

  91. I find that my relationship with my core is ever-changing and multi-faceted. I explain to my students that it is in no way 4 muscles in your belly but a host of muscle groups that hold us erect. Some with CS use and some UCS use. Cultivating these groups takes activity and rest. Balance is key to core strength and accessibility.

  92. thanks for all your thoughtful comments! the two winners have been drawn and notified.