Core Strength and Stretch

Melissa Krieger
Instructor Melissa Krieger
Average: 4.8 (588 votes)
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Melissa's emphasis on core strength helps keep you safe, while challenging your body to stay strong. Melissa incorporates a beautiful yoga flow that stretches the body as your strength builds. An amazing class that is delivered with such ease and grace.

Equipment: None
Style: Hatha Yoga


bronwynhegarty 3 weeks ago

wonderful class. Great stretches really felt them in the hips and hamstrings. Sun salutes give an all over workout.

RekaNagy 5 months ago

Dear Melissa,

I'm completely new to yoga and I'm so glad I found this site and your videos. Your style is very relaxing and I always feel much better after practice.
I started running recently with a trainer and I would need to focus on a few things. I have a hip and lower back pain, I would need to gain strength and get more flexible. Do you have any recommendations from your videos which would be specifically good for me? Thanks a lot! Reka

Melissa Krieger 5 months ago

Hello! I second what Fiji says - that would be a great series of hers to check out. You could also try my Yoga for Inner Strength, Beginners Yoga for Leg Strength, Core Fusion Flow and my Basics and Beyond seven day series. Have fun!

Fiji McAlpine 5 months ago

Hi Reka,

I actually run and do yoga to compliment one another. I have created a yoga for runners series on the site with 3 classes that will help you as you ease into both running and yoga.


deniseemiller 6 months ago

Thank you for this practice; I really benefit from the way that you approach core.

Any suggestions for accommodating arthritis in the hand (specifically the saddle joint) for poses like downward dog or all fours? I have experimented with spreading weight across the hand, spreading fingers, and occasionally working on fists instead of hands. Any suggestions are appreciated.

Melissa Krieger 6 months ago

Hello! Ouch, that sounds painful. You are doing all the right things. The other thing you could try is putting your hands up onto blocks and experiment with where your fingers are (off the edge or on the block) and see if that helps. I've also seen little bars that people use (google push-up bars to see what I mean) and that may be helpful. And anytime you need to you can come down to your forearms in all fours. I would also google Dolphin Pose to try as an alternative to downdog. Hopefully this helps!

MaryRose Metcalfe 8 months ago

Thanks Melissa. I love the breathing tips on this practice. As always, I love the side stretches that the gate poses offer up. Take care.

Mara G 9 months ago

Lovely class. I really enjoy all your classes, your language and your voice. Melissa, please make more 50 to 60 minute Intermediate level classes!!! Thank you!

Melissa Krieger 9 months ago

Hi Mara! I am so glad you are enjoying this class! I do get a few requests for this type of class and will start to plan a few to film in the new year. I hesitate to film them because it's so hard to teach and talk and do a strong practice at the same time! However I see the comments and know that is wanted :)

And yes, MaryRose is correct that I am filming a few more classes this week but they are all pretty chill. I have filmed a few dvd's in the past that are not on this site but you can find them on mine. Otherwise all the other videos on my site are from DYWM. If you want to stay up to date with me you can sign-up for my newsletter and/or follow me on social media at bloomyogavictoria. Take care!