Core Power Yoga | Is This For You?

by Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Have you ever heard about core power yoga and wondered if it’s the right yoga for you? Then look no further as I may have the answer right here.

Hi, everyone! Right now, I’m just happy to realize I’ve been keeping up with my blog posts as scheduled. I guess it’s all about time management, although honestly, there are times when I’m finding it hard to come up with a good topic for all of you. But not this time. At this point, I wish to talk about one of the types of yoga that’s been gaining popularity around the country. It’s called core power yoga.

Core Power Yoga | Is This For You?

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The purpose of this blog post is to help you find out whether core power yoga is the best type of yoga for you or it’s something you should at least consider among your options. To begin, we’ll talk briefly about its background.

A Bit of History

When we talk about core power yoga, we may refer two things: the discipline and the brand. To avoid confusion, we’ll deal with the latter since it’s one of the biggest promoters of the former. The brand is called CorePower Yoga, which has branches or studios EVERYWHERE! In fact, it’s already called the Starbucks of yoga.

Founder

It is founded by Trevor Tice, who’s a serial entrepreneur but also a yogi after he met an accident that seriously damaged his ankles and prevented him from doing activities in the mountains, which he previously loved to do.

Style

Core power yoga, the style, was something he developed after he found existing yoga studios and classes to be frustrating. It’s a combination of ashtanga, power, and Bikram. In my previous blog posts, I talked about these three different types of yoga, but for clarity, let’s break them down:

  • Ashtanga is one of the rigorous types of yoga since it requires a person to follow a certain order of sequences of asanas. Moreover, you normally cannot proceed to the next part of the series unless you’ve mastered the previous one.
  • Power is usually a term used  to describe a yoga sequence or class that has a faster pace than traditional kinds of yoga. Although power yoga remains low impact, it tends to increase heart rate more effectively, thereby potentially increasing the chances of burning more calories.
  • Bikram is a very specific kind of hot yoga composed of 26 poses that have to be performed according to their order. One of its distinctive features is its 90-minute class inside a very hot room with 40-degree humidity.

Then there’s the other element called core. Usually, when we think of core, we immediately think of weight or strength training, including pilates. That’s partly true since many can attest to have developed more defined muscles with core power yoga.

However, core here is still related to yoga since it pertains unleashing your inner strength and awakening your spiritual energy like the kundalini through meditation and breathing, which are two major components of yoga.  

Classes

Core Power Yoga | Is This For You?

The kinds of classes offered in CorePower Yoga studios are practically the same. These include the following:

Beginners – We have C1 and C1.5 classes. Although both are intended for beginners, the biggest difference is C1.5 classes are done in rooms at 88 to 91 degrees with added humidity. This way, you can add more challenge into your sequences and postures.

Moderate – Once you’ve mastered C1 and C1.5 classes, you can proceed to C2, which already requires some yoga experience. In here, you will begin to enhance your strength, flexibility, and balance further, while the heat, which is between 95 and 98 degrees, and humidity will improve detoxification.

Advanced – The advanced class is called C3. The temperature is comparable to a C2 class, but techniques, alignments, inversions, breathing, and posture will be the most challenging. Its being high intensity makes it even more demanding. When you want to take it to a much higher level, try Fusion Power.

Should You Do It?

CorePower Yoga is open to all types of people, including those who have never tried yoga in their lives. However, these may be more helpful to people who are:

  • Athletes, who wish to develop their back, hips, pelvis, and spine
  • Chronically stressed, as the postures and the heat can help relieve the tension while meditation and breathing calm the mind
  • Asthmatic, as the postures, heat, and intensity can help increase the capacity of the lungs
  • Overweight or obese, who want to burn calories while doing low-impact exercises (it’s believed core power yoga can help you burn more than 400 calories per class)
  • Getting bored with traditional yoga
  • Looking for a kind of yoga that can increase their physical strength, flexibility, and mindfulness

Regardless, don’t forget this very important point: don’t do yoga without the guidance of your doctor.

To give you an idea of a beginner’s class, here’s a short CorePower Yoga video from PopSugar Fitness:

Despite the intensity, the level of difficulty, and the challenges, many of these CorePower Yoga classes are actually fun, especially since space is wide, many students are there with you, and there’s music!

Do you think core power yoga is the right yoga for you? How about acro yoga? Let me know in the Comments section!

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