How-To Yoga Videos

Iyengar 101: Stomach-Turning Pose (aka Can’t-Fail Core Work)

Senior Intermediate Iyengar teacher Carrie Owerko knows how to find the surprisingly fun angles and elements of Iyengar Yoga. Owerko has partnered with Yoga Journal to bring you a six-week interactive online course in which she’ll share playful ways to use props and apply Iyengar principles and wisdom to your practice and life off the mat. 

Sign up now for a fun, creative journey that will profoundly deepen and transform your approach to yoga and perspective on BKS Iyengar’s unique method.

One of the secrets to strength in Iyengar Yoga is the principle that we always try to move from the periphery to the core, the core to the periphery. Meaning we are always moving our awareness and effort from the body to the mind, the mind to the body in an effort to find balance and radiance. Try this surprisingly effective—and challenging—Iyengar-inspired core exercise for endurance and stability, physically and mentally.

About Our Expert
Carrie Owerko is a Senior Intermediate Iyengar teacher based in New York City. She continues her studies with the Iyengar family by traveling to India on a regular basis, as well as by continuous in-depth studies with her yoga teacher, Patricia Walden. Before studying yoga, Carrie earned a BFA in dance and theater and became a Certified Movement Analyst. Curiosity, openness, and affection are of utmost importance in her approach to Iyengar Yoga, as is the integration of science, yoga philosophy, and poetic imagination. Most importantly, she loves to explore the relationship of discipline and playfulness and is a firm believer in the power of controlled folly. Learn more at