Core Strength Stability Class
Julie Burtis, DPT, will offer a level 1 core stability class this fall. The class will be eight weeks long and begin on September 18th. Class size is kept small to offer you a great experience.
In the level 1 core strength stability class, students will learn to integrate efficient breathing with a progressive program to strengthen the hips, back, and abdominal muscles. Class size will be limited in order to address individual needs and written instruction for home practice will be provided. This class is designed to be beneficial for students of all levels, including participants in the back care and gentle classes. Students are required to purchase an exercise ball for both class use and home practice.
The first two classes are focused on correct breathing and developing the ability to identify and contract the correct muscles. The beginning exercises are done lying down and the first few classes won’t feel like a traditional “work out”. As the course progresses, more dynamic exercises are added to give a stronger core contraction.
Julie Burtis DPT Julie is a physical therapist and a certified Iyengar Yoga instructor at the Introductory ll level. She is a graduate of the teacher training program at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco and has traveled to India twice to study with the Iyengar family. Her teaching integrates mindfulness, breath work, and precise therapeutic exercise. She enjoys working with students of all levels and is particularly interested in chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome.
After studying a variety of approaches to core strengthening to address her own back issues, Julie began working with Kazuko Mumma, a fitness trainer and clinical exercise physiologist who is certified in both Qigong and Pilates. Kazuko’s unique approach emphasizes coordinating the breath with movement in order to generate a strong contraction of the core muscles. She also teaches exercises to develop the buttock muscles so that the back doesn’t overwork in exercises such as plank position and squats.
“The way she was working with the breath just blew my mind,” said Julie, who was also surprised by how much the glutes should be engaged: the core isn’t just about the abdominals. To read more about the core class click here.