Denver >CorePower Yoga
Whoa now. First and last time in Core Power (except to return an item). I went in before Christmas looking for some yoga clothes for my hubby. The woman behind the counter was rude. She actually asked if I was just looking or going to buy something. I aske d about the return policy. She didn't know. I guess she just works there. To me, its all about the money and not the yoga and that's so not yoga.
Antithetical to the yogic philosophy. Competitive, egotistical environment. I have to agree with some of the other posts that mention the "gym-like" setting and impersonal milieu.
Great Studio, Supportive Teachers.
Core Power Yoga offers a crossbreed yoga practice, which is why I love them. Others may argue it's not true yoga, which may be valid, but it's sure a great workout.
Their Hot Yoga is taken directly from the Bikram yoga practice and stays pretty loyal to the poses. However, they offer shortened class times, which means some poses are only done one time instead of twice as pure Bikram would have. Their Hot Power Infusion rocks! Exactly as the name suggests, they incorporate both hot and core power poses. I dare anyone who thinks yoga is for wimps to try a class of Yoga Sculpt. Practitioners use weights and it's tough! Core Power Yoga stretches and blurs the line between yoga traditions. Yogis who may not like Core Power Yoga are those who like to stay pure to traditional yoga practices.
During class the music is contemporary, but calm. Teachers constantly offer suggestions to improve practice, yet, they never tell you to move beyond your ability and level. In fact, they encourage practitioners to be aware of their bodies and any discomfort.
On a different note, I appreciate the variety of teachers both in knowledge and body. It's refreshing to see teachers who must weigh between 150 and 200 pounds. It makes the practice truly attainable to anybody who wants to try it. They are great role models. (However, you won't often find these teachers at the downtown location. Image is a much bigger deal at the 13th Ave. studios.)
This specific studio stands out to me for the lovely amenities in their dressing room. Lotion, tampons, and even mouth wash. The small details are the icing on the cake. (It's possible other locations have these conveniences, but in the hustle & bustle, I didn't pay attention.)
This is a great studio especially for those who are already familiar and agreeable to Core Power Yoga's yoga classes. Beginners can find a class that supports them, likewise advanced students will never get bored.
Not sure what the hot buzz is about....
I went there for just a class under their free week program just to check it out and see what all the rage was.
I do not know what it was about that place, but everything seem very cold and un-yoga like. There was not a sacredness to the place like I have experienced in other yoga studios. It just seemed like a very gym-like, commercialized atmosphere where they were trying too hard to be new agey.
The room is insanely hot, so if you have blood pressure issues or get faint really easy, then this is definitely not the yoga for you. Also, there was a tinge of mold in the air probably from the room being so humid all the time and probably not properly cleaned out and ventilated.
The teacher seemed like she just got out of teacher training and was spouting out the hindi names of the poses like she was trying to impress someone. It really scared me that she was encouraging people to over-extend themselves in the poses just to stimulate certain glands or to get to the deepest possible part of the pose. I may not be a teacher, but I know throughout my experience with yoga that you go to your extent in the pose and no further until you are ready. Overextending yourself is what leads to injury in yoga, and yoga is not a contest about who can go the deepest or stretching yourself beyond your limits to be beautiful in any pose. How far you go is your beauty in your pose.
With that being said, there was just something about the energy of the place that I could not really seem to fully relax and enjoy the yoga. People were crammed in there like sardines and there was the occasional sweat bead that would fly when we would change asanas. That was a bit unnerving as well since some of those sweat beads landed on me.
I have been to many yoga studios in the 10 years I have been doing yoga, and this one just did not sit well with me. I did like how the room made me sweat and made me go into the poses deeper, but how inexperienced the teacher was and how cold the place seemed just turned me off.
If you don't mind doing a gym-like yoga where you just do asanas and nothing more, then this would be an okay type of studio for you.
If you like real yoga where you learn more how to properly do asanas and small class sizes, you should go to an independent studio.
Wonderful People, Wonderful Practice. This CorePower Yoga is wonderful. I have never had a bad class while at CorePower Yoga. Their instructors are very knowledgeable and are very helpful before, during and after class.
Great yoga studio!. I practice at a few of the CorePower Yoga studio's throughout Denver and I really love them all. Broadway is a smaller studio than some of the others but is one of the nicest. All the teachers I have practiced are very talented and attentive. The classes all have great flows, and the Hot Yoga classes here are great!
Editorial Review. Several Denver-area locations offer hot yoga and CorePower yoga, training classes, massage and acupuncture services.
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