Power yoga is an American interpretation of ashtanga yoga, a discipline that combines stretching, strength training, and meditative breathing. It is a challenging style of yoga designed to build inner strength, flexibility and stamina.
Physical benefits of power yoga include muscle toning, ligament and tendon strengthening, improved circulation, heightened immune systems and improved posture. The mental benefits include reduced stress, improved focus, better memory and a calmness that stays with you.
What can I expect from class?
Expect the unexpected! Kate's classes vary from week to week to continuously challenge your body (and mind!) while working all the muscle groups. A core element of her class is the "vinyasa", which is a steady flow of connected yoga postures linked with breath work in a continuous movement. The key to power yoga's sweat-producing, muscle-building power is the pace. Instead of pausing between poses as you would in traditional yoga, each move flows into the next, making it an intense cardiovascular workout. The results will surprise you - marked improvement in strength and flexibility, an internal drive to challenge yourself further, and a sense of peace that lingers long after you've rolled up your exercise mat.
75-minute mat class combining vinyasas, balancing poses and floor exercises. Each class concludes with savasana, which is the practice of relaxing deeply - physically and mentally.
Is this class for me?
Often people are afraid to try yoga, and no wonder. Yoga magazines and books are filled with images of rubber-bodied yogis in acrobatic twists, or muscular body-builders in perfect handstands. This portrayal of yoga scares most people away, but fortunately, yoga - and particularly Kate's yoga - meets you where you are, and takes you to your potential.
If you're looking for more of a physical challenge than other types of yoga offer, than power yoga is for you. If you are a beginner, it can be very challenging and Kate will help you modify the poses so you can find your own limits. Since power yoga involves a lot of twisting and weight-bearing moves, you should be cautious if you have a history of neck, shoulder, or knee injuries. If you progress gradually, power yoga can help you overcome long-standing aches and pains, and help you avoid future injury.
What you'll need:
Just bring a mat (or purchase one from Kate), and a bottle of water to refresh yourself. Wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to sweat! A hand towel may be beneficial!