Mr. Sugrim, who was a massage therapist and one-time trainer for the Yankees, described himself as a onetime “meathead who couldn’t touch his toes.” He ran marathons and lifted a lot of weights in the gym. “But it didn’t feel complete,” said Mr. Sugrim, 35.

This beginner-friendly yoga sequence is all about strengthening the core muscles. Jai Sugrim, a yoga teacher based in New York City, instructs two students of varying levels in how to approach this sequence with proper alignment, so as to maximize results.

Jai Sugrim, (@jaisugrim) a New York yoga teacher, TV host, and athletic trainer, teaches a health and wellness program that brings mindfulness practices to high school students and athletes in Harlem.

“The minute you put Sanskrit into a curriculum … some parents are going to freak out,” agrees Jai Sugrim, a yoga instructor who’s taught in schools.