You guys! I did something new and exciting! I knew for the last week of my 30 day yoga challenge, I wanted to do something a bit more fun. Sooo — I signed up for a free week of CorePower Yoga! I always wanted to try it, but now that I live within 10 minutes of one and I’m in the homestretch of my challenge, I decided that this was the perfect time. I had an absolute great time. It’s been years since I practiced yoga in a group setting, lead by an instructor and not a video, and the experience was just what I was looking for.
30 Day Yoga Challenge: Day Twenty-Four + CorePower Yoga Review
I took the C1 class, the one for beginners. I showed up about eight minutes before class started, had my mat in my crocheted bag, and met the instructor before the session started. It was such a beautiful day, and it felt so good to get out of the house before 9 a.m. to go to a class. The place itself was really pretty, too, and everyone was very welcoming. After I put my purse in a locker and bought a water, I went into the studio and laid my mat out. The room was dark already and music was playing softly — people were doing their own stretches and I noticed how warm it was in the room. After reading on the website, I knew to be prepared that some of the rooms would still be hot since hot yoga is also done in the same studios, so I wasn’t too surprised when I saw the thermostat read 85 degrees.
The 60-minute long class was a great mix of challenge + relaxation. We went through a couple different flows, mostly based in gentle twists, warrior-sequences, and lunges, with special attention to our breath. After not having done yoga with a group for a while, I forgot how powerful it was to hear everyone’s long inhales and loud exhales in unison. It really helped me to focus in on my breath and get into the rhythm.
I really loved the instructor, too — she moved at a fast pace, but was perfect at explaining what we were doing. At one point during floor bow (which I’ve never tried before!), she came over to help push me further into the posture, and then once released, worked on lengthening my muscles by my spine.
There was also a portion of the practice near the middle where it was “free time” – about a couple minutes for us to either try crow or flying frog pose, or just wait in a resting position. I knew I was not ready to attempt crow at this time in my practice, but flying frog seemed like a good mid-level challenge, so I settled into yogi squat and laid my palms on the floor, pushing my inner thighs and upper arms together. I didn’t try to lift my feet up at all, but just breathed through this prep pose. Flying frog is a milestone I want to keep working towards!
- I’m absolutely in love. This class runs again tomorrow at 9 a.m. again with a different instructor, and I’m planning on being there.
- It did take me a minute to get used to the temperature in the room, but it didn’t take too long before I felt comfortable again. Next time, I’ll know to bring a towel, though..
- Huge mirrors all around were super helpful in making sure my alignment was as good as possible, like in Warrior II and Triangle.
- I definitely recommend giving CorePower a try with their free week. It took me about 30 seconds to apply online for the free trial, and only a minute or so at the front desk to get all checked in.
Namaste and see you tomorrow!
Disclaimer: I am so so so so so not even close to being a medical professional and the same goes for being a professional yoga instructor. All I’m doing is journaling my personal experiences regarding my physical health and my yoga practice, please do not follow any of this instead of going to a physician yourself. I do not believe YouTube is a substitution for true medical care, but can be a supplement to what you and your doctor decide what’s best for you!