Studio: CorePower Yoga
Location: 4611 Excelsior Blvd., St. Louis Park, MN 55416
CorePower Yoga is a yoga company that has locations across the country. They offer new students a FREE first week. I tried mine out at the St. Louis Park, MN location. I started with the C1 class. C1 is described on their website as: “Unroll your mat for an invigorating full-body flow where you’ll explore the postures and fundamental principles of Vinyasa yoga. Set to inspiring tunes, this foundation-building class will work every muscle through movement and breath at a moderate, but intuitive pace.”
I have never had a desire to try hot yoga because I am very warm blooded and hate being hot. So when I arrived to the studio and the instructor said, “the studio is heated so you are going to sweat”, I about panicked. I was like “um, this isn’t HOT yoga, right?” and he said no, it wasn’t that hot, just a small amount of heat. Even though their website says: *While no heat is added during C1 classes, the practice room can reach temperatures up to 85 degrees due to earlier classes.” Since it was FREEZING this day (month?), the room definitely felt hot at first. But after I got used to it, it wasn’t too bad. I still don’t want to try hot yoga… ever. I got quite sweaty in this class (which isn’t saying much since I would sweat standing naked in a snowstorm) but I can’t even imagine what would happen in hot yoga. (P.S. Hot yoga is 102-104 degrees WITH added humidity. YUCK!)
Vinyasa Yoga Description: “Vinyasa yoga, in which movement is synchronized to the breath, is a term that covers a broad range of yoga classes. This style is sometimes also called flow yoga, because of the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a dance. The breath acts as an anchor to the movement as you to flow from one pose to the next in time with an inhale or an exhale.”
This was my first true yoga class (I have done a couple yoga DVDs at home and I tried Restorative Yoga at StudioME Fitness, but more on that class later) and I was a little intimidated. I don’t know the names of poses but I quickly got the hang of it. We rotated through the same poses for a while and the class was full so I could just look around and follow what others were doing.
The studio was nice – the front desk right when you walk in, lockers and locker rooms, and a couple of yoga studios. For your first FREE class, they provide you a mat and towel. Otherwise, you have to bring your own or pay a small fee.
Bottom Line: I enjoyed my first CorePower Yoga class. I have a hard time with the breathing and getting into the mindset of yoga. But the movements felt good and I keep hearing yoga is good for runners so while I don’t LOVE yoga, if it’s going to help me get through this marathon training, then I will keep doing it!
Check out CorePower Yoga if there is one in your location!
***We were not compensated by CorePower Yoga in any way, all opinions are our own.