Posts Tagged ‘CorePower Yoga’

Day 18 Portland-CPY NW-James Grant

Studious RU

Studious RU

Alberta Arts District

Alberta Arts District

Today was the day The Ru; the wise, kind, old, “soon to be published” grandfather cocker spaniel had been waitin’ for since bein’ stuffed in the YoYo mobile and forced to explore parts unknown to begin this epic adventure. So happy was author Ru, that “Down Dogisms” was to be made available in “About Us” in the YoYoYogi blog that we celebrated by goin’ to that ‘hood great writers had gone before…The Alberta Arts District. Here, he could gather fodder for his plagiarized reflections. Swaggering Ru, felt at “one” with this avant-garde community of coffee houses, old-school barber shops, toy stores, head shops, rib pits, stores made out of tin and wine stores sellin’ zin. A day of relaxin’, was just what the 3 of needed… knowin’ a most welcome treat and thorough butt-kickin’ was waitin’ for us on the other side of town.

James Grant

James Grant

Now, Every roadtrippin’ yogi needs a place to call h“OM”e and when the YoYo’s feel the need for speed, it’s all about Portland’s, “turn up the volume” yoga…CorePower Yoga-NW! Vigorous and humblin’, these “power-worshippin’” yogis love this potent, super-sweaty, swarmin’ room with killer music, monster humidifiers, and ever-changin’ inspired flows. It was here, in this addicted yoga community that the YoYos first laid eyes on James Grant… doin’ some kinda something while standin’ on what appeared to be one finger with legs flyin’ ever which way. Now, we’d had been hangin’ with yoga for years, but never had we seen anything like this… and to think, today, the courageous YoYos were to challenge themselves beyond previous capacity at this accomplished teacher’s, 90 minute- 100 degree Core 3 class.

Startin’ slowly and quickly pickin’ up the dramatic pace, this artistic guide kept our minds busy while leadin’ our bodies in hot pursuit of that continually expandin’ edge throughout this inspired, inventive and super-original flow. Blarin’ tunes that rocked our world and messages that melted our hearts, this innovative leader reiterated our unwaverin’ belief that there IS… No Place like h”om”e.

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Day 23 Portland-CPY SE-Jill Allen

CorePower Yoga SE Portland

CorePower Yoga SE Portland

Havin’ experienced a most outrageous butt-kickin’ at CorePowerYoga NW, the masochistic YoYos decided to travel across P-town to check out the latest, greatest creation of this national powerhouse. Enterin’ CorePowerYoga’s SE location, we found CPY’s  signature urban hip space; filled with friendly yogis chattin’, comfy couches for hangin’, spa-like dressin’ rooms for chillin’ and outrageous yogi wear for stylin’ while takin’ some of the most rockin’ yoga classes on the planet.

Jill Allen

Jill Allen

Findin’ our way inside the sparklin’, sun drenched space; we found our 2×6 next to the dazzlin’ wall of windows and breathed deeply while waitin’ for this innovative studio’s premiere teacher, Jill (ie) Allen, a sweet, killer red-head with a gentle demeanor – at least for the first few minutes. Her filled to capacity class of faithful followin’ “love to power it up” yogis began with a “come onto your mat- and into your body warm-up” that soon lead to a, “you gotta be kiddin’ me- this is kickin’ our butt”, unique flow that made the YoYos wonder how they could be totally wrung out, and beggin’ for more. This girl mixed it up and kept the YoYos on their toes… feet, heads and hands as we envisioned Jill spending days, hours and weeks in creation of those perfectly sequenced asanas. Consistently, she tested the commitment, strength and balance of her super – experienced students, as she guided those “up for a challenge newbie’s” right along with the pros. Her precise adjustments and spine-tingling foot massage in savasana clued the YoYos that Jill was a supreme massage therapist… You can be sure to find the YoYos blissin’ at Jill’s place, Just Breathe Oregon.

Wrung out, calmed down and lovin’ the world as we oozed out the door , we decided to do some YoYo roadtrippin’ research and check out not one, but many of the zillion happy hours that help make this electric city a YoYo fave!

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Day 30 Portland-CPY NW-Sarah Kurtz

Packed Class at CorePower Yoga

Packed Class at CorePower Yoga

Back to the YoYo’s “Om,” CorePower Yoga  NW, for just one more, last time, “gotta have it”  fix for that “nowhere else on the planet” boost of yogi energy to take with us as we make our way out of this tattoo-sportin’, bike ridin’, vegan-eatin’, free-concert-goin’, happy hour hammerin’, pot-smokin’, mat-carryin’, bottle recyclin’, kamboza guzzlin’, microbrew makin’, Obama supportin’, power-omin’, blog-readin’, “we’re sure gonna miss it here”, city of Portland!

YoYo eyes poppin’ as we walked thru the doors of this power house of yogidom, instantly spotted the “never seen ‘em anywhere- gotta have em’ now”, hippest yoga wear on the planet.   The YoYo’s, who were to remain as walking billboards and wear only YoYoYogi T’s for a full 100 days were crestfallen, knowin’ we still have 65 days to go before sportin’ those “party waitin’ to happen” threads. Saddened, this moment of “retail deprivation” soon faded as a distant memory the second we entered our much anticipated “mat touching” yogi sauna to the killer class we had patiently been waiting for.

Yoga Sculpt

Yoga Sculpt

The YoYos were back to where our “most excellent” YoYo yoga journey began…under the shinin’ eyes of  Sarah Kurtz, our mentor and teacher.  Creator of this powerful yogi community, she has established this addicting environment by attracting and guiding the most excellent teachers while continually leading life changing trainings. Today, she opened her one-of-a-kind, Yoga Sculpt class, by turnin’ OFF the heat …and turnin’ up the tunes. Starting with her signature smile and super creative flow, she then busted it out into all out power as she led us through the   muscle chiselin’ Michelangelo routine, sculptin’ our bodies into masterpieces – or somethin’ like that. We never had so much fun getting’ our YoYo butts… lifted!  We’re sure going to miss this place and wish we could take our Sarah, guidin’ beacon of yogi light, with us on the rest of our journey to grow our muscles and our mind, and get our YoYo bod’s Yoga Journal cover ready.

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Day 90 San Diego-CPY-Kai Trinh


Peace does not mean there is no noise, trouble or hard work…

it simply means there is calmness in the heart.


Sittin’ with crossed legs, closed eyes and deep breath, tryin’ to locate those “groundin’ into Mother Earth”, sitz bones; Kai Trinh opened our Core 2 class with this “user-friendly” definition of “Peace” at CorePower Yoga Hillcrest.

Kai Trinh

Kai Trinh

How happy the blissful YoYos were to realize that the blarrin’ noise of honkin’ horns that seemingly follow the YoYoYogimobile, the trouble of findin’ a perfect, dog friendly spot for the “terminal case of separation anxiety” Ru and the hard work of 90 consecutive YoYo butt kickin’ classes; could not disturb the peace, love and happiness we were feelin’ in this 100 degree space packed with smilin,’ happy yogis who come to this yoga powerhouse to chisel their body and experience that sometimes illusive, calmness of heart.

Knowin’ Kai had trained in the “most excellent” classrooms of Annie Carpenter and Lisa Wolford at Santa Monica’s renowned Yogaworks, and for years, has increased his vast knowledge at CorePower Yoga while masterfully teachin’ eager students and blossomin’ instructors; the “humbly admittin’, developin’ an eye for the excellent” YoYos knew, our San Diego adventure just wouldn’t be complete without inclusion of this stalwart studio and talented teacher.

Open Heart~Calm Mind

Open Heart~Calm Mind

Hangin’ on for dear life in this steamy, sweatin’, mat on mat class, this “take no prisoners” instructor, began at our psychedelic Yogitoes and worked up to our soakin’ wet eyeballs in this feel-good flow, ensurin’ that every “up for the challenge” yogi was thoroughly primed for the deepest, stretchiest, hanumanasana (monkeypose splits) in their seasoned history. Throughly wrung out and worked through, it never ceases to amaze us how just one mere hour of perfectly led CorePower Yoga can so completely challenge these YoYo bodies and clear the muddled path of our now peaceful mind.

Standin’ like a beacon of light for the embarrassingly pourin’ YoYos, the signature alter of the sparklin’ CorePower Yoga shower stood at the ready… rinsin’ away what we no longer needed – makin’ way for a most excellent half-moon lit, San Diego night.

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Day 94 SD-CPY-Amber Dawn Clark

Pacific Beach Boardwalk

Pacific Beach Boardwalk

The Pacific Beach boardwalk is jam-packed with young and old; bikin’ skatin’, walkin’ and joggin’ their way down the infinite path that seemingly stretches to Mexico. It is here, on this Zen road filled with beer stands, party houses and fake surf wave pools that The Ru; wise, old, kind, “rock star” cocker spaniel was recognized by hoards of peeps of the tiny variety. Compelled to look deep into his intelligent eyes, pat his turnin’ white head, attempt to sit on his comfy back and kiss his “hard to miss” nose, the leash holdin’ YoYos simply stood back and witnessed this uncomplicated, gentle soul, child magnet and wondered if all the elusive secrets of life were hidden inside his 3” head. After all; this gentle, caring, furry character lives life in the moment and spreads nothin’ but peace, love and happiness throughout the world.

Amber Dawn Clark

Amber Dawn Clark

Takin’ our “no worries” cue from the wooly one, we calmly ventured just down the road to CorePower Yoga – Pacific Beach (PB), where tonight, we carry boardwalk bliss into the peaceful, candle lit space where Amber Dawn Clark teaches the Hot Power Fusion class that this illustrious studio has made so popular, it has sparked others to emulate this innovative style, nationwide.

The end ‘o the week, Sunday Night YoYos loved the serene ambience created in the silent, packed room of regulars, restin’ with eyes closed, forgettin’ their worries, breathin’ deeply and calmin’ themselves for the testing hour of power they knew was to come from their inspired instructor .

Ground Down to Fly

Fly Amber Dawn - FLY!

Beginnin’ by groundin’ into Mother Earth and warmin’ the body with creative sun salutations, this luminous leader encouraged us to connect to the breath that would carry us throughout this perfect blend of balance, strength, alignment and stretch. Incorporating the challenge of Bikram, Vinyasa and Power accompanied by stellar sounds, this testing sequence set in the aura of steamy bliss; liberated the week behind while joyfully welcoming the one beyond.

How super-cool to have CorePower Yoga’s “hot” classes a “most excellent” part of this epic adventure!


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Day 98 San Diego-CPY-Amy Opielowski

Bodies by Yoga Sculpt

Beach Bodies by Yoga Sculpt

Where were all the ½ naked, beautiful people scootin’ off to… the curious YoYos wondered as they took off on a flat out chase after the perfectly chiseled? After all, we were mere days from headin’ home and the un-yogi like westerner in us knew that friends and family would be checkin’ us out to see what 100 days of yoga looked liked. Seems the San Diego secret that keeps the barely clad lookin’ hot, was simply hittin’ the super-popular Yoga Sculpt class at CorePower Yoga in Point Loma. Apparently, this class is so powerful that even a couple of YoYos could hit this weight in hand, yoga hybrid and find those illusive abs of steel.

Amy Opielowski

Amy Opielowski

Enterin’ the “non-heated” inferno of this incessantly jam-paced space a full twenty minutes before the super-fit, co- manager and lead for CorePower Yoga’s boot camp program, Amy Opielowski began; the YoYos squeaked out a bitty space for manduka, yogi toes and the wussy weights that they hoped they could handle. Lookin’ into the eyes of intensity that loomed throughout this no nonsense room, the clairvoyant YoYos knew this next hour of “A” personality power was gonna kick their melancholy butts back up the coast from whence they came.

Gently and methodically, seemingly sweet Amy lead beautifully sequenced warm-ups and a weightless flow designed to dupe us, if only for a mistaken moment , into thinkin’ we could get through these graceful movements with no problem. Then, like a flash, this trickster teacher turned up the volume, picked up the weighs and it was all.. .Go…YoYos… Go!

Yoga Sculpy

Yoga Sculpt

Sweat pourin’, muscles burnin’ and music poundin’… this “not for the light of challenge” class took the sweet asanas that we have so lovingly mastered and turned even ol’ faithful down dog into an epic adventure. Holdin’ belly to backbone through every bend, stretch and balance, the obedient YoYos did as told and controlled our bodies, our breath and mind until the final…most appreciated… lake o’ sweet sweat…. SAVASANA!

After hittin’ Core3, Core2, Fusion and now this “flab to fabulous” class, the YoYos understand why CorePower Yoga is ALIVE in SoCal. These awesome studios treat their loyal students to killer classes, top-notch teachers, tight-knit communities, coveted showers and “off the charts” fun!

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