Archive for Core Strength

Core Strength Hatha Yoga/Pilates Classes

Hello Friends and Family!

Summer Meadow – Melissa Elstein 2018

I hope you are having a wonderful Summer, and enjoying all the fresh local produce that July brings forth – I was so happy to receive our first local corn of the season last week from my wonderful CSA farm membership. I highly recommend the Roxbury Farm CSA; if you’re on the UWS, their farm distribution is on Thursdays from 4-7 pm at 86th Street & WEA.  Memberships are seasonal, but they may be still accepting members as it goes through the Fall. For more information, please see  I have been a member for years, and it is still a treat to pick up my weekly farm bounty (I split my membership with a friend). CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and our memberships support the work and future of these local, small, organic farms.


I am delighted to be teaching at UWS Yoga & Wellness again the next two weeks!  Join us at Noon on Thursdays, July 26 and August 2 for Level 1 Core Strength Yoga which is a fusion class of pilates and yoga poses. We utilize small, soft exercise balls to assist with low back support but also to increase the abdominal strengthening.  Back strengthening is included, as well as standing balancing poses. We will focus on alignment and breath-centered movement so that strengthening is practiced in a safe, functional and effective manner. Learn how to effectively strengthen your core without doing abdominal crunches!  Class ends with yoga nidra/savasana to fully relax the body and spirit after our total body workout.  Hope to see you there!  Check out for more information.

March 2016 Schedule, and Core Yoga Workshop

I am back from a lovely week in Florida – soaking in the bright colors of the green palms, blue sky and waters, colorful flowers, and the shining sun was exactly what this warm-weather loving gal needed.  So I am feeling refreshed and energized, and happy to be back to my classes and to reconnect with all of you.

This month, I am offering a special 2-hour yoga and pilates workshop at Integral Yoga on Monday night, March 28th, 6:30-8:30 pm – “Strong to the Core”.

In this Workshop, you will learn safe and effective ways to strengthen the core, especially the hard-to-reach lower abdominals. Strong abs make balancing poses easier and are the key to preventing or eliminating back pain. You will learn abdominal exercises that are alternatives to traditional crunches, thereby preventing any neck or upper-back tension, or back strain.  Recent studies have shown that the safest and most effective abdominal exercises are those that work the deep stabilizing muscles (transverse abdominals) and not just the superficial ones.  We will learn those type of exercises, which, by the way, are also safe for people diagnosed with osteopororis. Working with the breath is another key to proper abdominal strengthening work, and we will explore different ways breathing practices in the movements.  The workshop also includes specific back-strengthening poses, standing balances, and a take-home outline.  Enhance your Yoga practice and your life with a strong center!  If you would like to read up on this topic, this is one of favorite articles: