The word ‘Core’ is one of those over-used, little-defined words that come up in fitness and now in yoga. Many look at their abs and think “core”. Yet this is only the superficial part and even at that not the whole picture. Core should really be thought about as the deepest support in the center of the body, within the pelvis and on the base of the spine, and moving out from there to the outer trunk muscles of the back and abdomen.
Our extensive experience in the yoga world revealed that very few people practicing had proper core support and control. Similarly, in the fitness world core activation was either under-prioritized in relation to key muscular growth or core meant hard work of the abs which only leads to a tighter abdomen and not necessarily real core strength.
Samahita’s founder, Paul Dallaghan, is currently undertaking research that involves how the superficial core is over-used and thus too tense, limiting breathing and adding to the stress response. This work and much experience in practice over decades, has informed what and where to focus on for core development.