Lakewood >CorePower Yoga
I recently spoke with someone in the corporate office and she ended up interrupting and yelling at me. I guess Yoga is not calming her down. I guess they do not practice what they preach.
I found CPY, CPY found me. Awesome, serendipitous and oh-so-right. A lot of choice in classes (both type and time). Every teacher has been wonderful - each is a little unique, too, which keeps my right-brain engaged and guarantees it won't go stale. My body and mind have changed and I'm feeling GREAT and grateful!
Mean instructors. When I first joined Corepower back in 2005, the instructors were helpful, warm and in sync with yoga teachings. There was incense, inspiring quotes, aromatherapy, down to earth instructors that assisted you in the journey of spiritual growth. Now the music is loud, instructors yell at you and make you feel as if you are not as good as them, it's crowded, and unwelcoming. The last drop for me was when I attended a class after a rough day at work, the instructor was playing French rap on her ipod, my friend were both appalled when we heard the F bomb (in French mind you) thrown at a yoga practice several times. We gave our feedback but no one seemed to care. Sad that to see that money making took over spreading the yoga teachings in a more enlightened way. Corepower is more like a Bally's now than a yoga studio. If you want to burn tons of calories in one hour go to Corepower, if you want to experience the benefits of practicing Y O G A, go to Samadhi or other "not so corporate" studio.
Corepower Yoga, the goods. If you're looking for a simple and efficient yoga practice then corepower is your yoga studio. Their yogi's are all certified to train you properly in yoga techniques. give them a try, you wont be dissapointed.
Not enough Hot Yoga classes. Their adaptation of the Bikram Yoga Series was really good until they attempted to shave either 15 or 30 minutes off the traditional 90 minute class length, presumably to fit in more classes. And, they've replaced too many with their Corepower "yoga for cheerleaders" classes which are...not yoga.
Not so good anymore :(.
My first yoga class was at the Corepower Grant studio in 2004... and I instantly fell in LOVE. Corepower was my base for 3 years before I moved to Phoenix for 2 years. Since moving back to Denver I have been consistently disappointed with my old friend. It saddens me to see a studio full of vibrant UNIQUE teachers turn the classes into cookie cutter flow series. I want each class to excite me... entice me... pleasantly SURPRISE and challenge me! What happened to the upbeat music and the confident instruction and adjustments?! So few of the teachers come from experience now... it's a "Teacher Training" factory that shamelessly sells the "program". In the 20+ classes I've attended since my return, I have been to only 2 or 3 "good" classes.
I'm still practicing, and will drop in to say hi simply because it's so convenient, but I'm looking elsewhere for the challenge and depth of practice this studio once had.
This Core Power Yoga is Different than other Locations.
I've been to many Core Power Yoga studios and this one stands out as intense in both classes and people.
I'm not sure if it's because this location is downtown, but there is a definite competitive energy charging through the classes. If you're a little behind or new, you may not feel comfortable. However, if you thrive on competition and/or if you have a stable and long standing yoga practice, you may like this particular studio. It's intense.
Generally, teachers are supportive and kind at most Core Power Yoga studios. At this one, they plug into that competitive energy and seem to feed it. I receive less support during my practice at these classes and sometimes feel the teachers are showing how good they are by how fast they go. Whenever I want to be left alone or need a good challenge, I go to this downtown location.
Thirteenth Avenue offers two larger yoga studios which means they can offer a larger variety of classes. That's a plus!
Image is a big deal here. If you're beautiful, exceptional at yoga, and like to show it, you may really like this place. However, if you really like to feel relaxed and focused during your practice, you may try another Core Power location. Broadway is close and awesome as is Highlands.
If you want a calm, centering practice that allows you to breathe and ground yourself physically and maybe even spiritually as well, then keep looking.
However, if you want a class where the instructor screams at the top of her lungs to be heard over 80 decibel pumping music, shouting out rep counts, then this is the place. All that was missing were the legwarmers, sweatbands, and thong leotards and I would have thought I was back in an 80's high impact aerobic class. Did I miss when plyometrics (jump training) was added as a yoga practice?
I understand there is a need for these type of classes in the fitness world, but come on Core Power - just because you throw in a few down dogs and end by saying Namaste, that doesn't make it a yoga class. If you are going to call it yoga on your schedule, at least make an attempt.
It's all good. Don't get me wrong, if I graduated from Naropa and spent a semester studying yoga from some guru in India, I too would be envious that some 20 something females (who also happen to be hot) are making money teaching yoga after a brief training class, while I couldn't. That's just life. I've tried yoga at the other studios and Corepower is the best for me in Denver. Of course, I don't claim to be spiritual on my Facebook profile. But don't worry, I have no intention of showing up at one of your hippie sub-culture hangouts and talking loudly about how cool and spiritual I think I am because I breathe deep and stretch. CPY and I are truly no threat to your facade.
Life Long Health Maintenance. November 2007 was my wake up call. A body composition test showed I was nearly obese at 25% body fat and had extremely low muscle mass. I couldn't believe it! At 5'11'' and 185 lbs I didn't think I was in THAT bad of shape. I was classified as a skinny fat person. I didn't look fat, but most of my body was composed of fat. I knew it was time to do something! At 42 with an arthritic condition high impact activities are no longer an option. I started yoga and haven't looked back! My last body composition test showed 15.8% body fat with a respectable amount of muscle. I've started watching my diet a bit more, but the main change has been 1 hour of yoga, 3 times a week. Yoga has been the most complete body workout I've experienced! Addressing strength, flexibility, joint lubrication, organ massage, etc. Yoga is truly a life long health maintenance program. I've been to several Core Power studios - Lone Tree, Ken Carly, Broadway, Cherry Hills - with one consistent theme, extremely knowledgeable, high quality instructors. Their dedication and enthusiasm is contagious. It is obvious they all have a passion for teaching that goes beyond just a job. And to the teachers at Core Power, you change lives! Thank you!
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