Go With the Flow at CorePower Yoga.
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This week, we went with the flow at CorePower Yoga.
Fast Facts on CorePower Yoga.
• Degree of Difficulty Scale For Beginners (in Yoga Sculpt Class): 7 out of 10.
• Calories Burned in One Hour: 460.
• Muscle Soreness After The Fact: 6 out of 10.
• Location: 5319 E. Mockingbird Ln, #205 Dallas, TX 75206.
• Classes Offered: CorePower Yoga 1 (unheated, power yoga for beginners), CorePower Yoga 2 (heated, intermediate power yoga), Hot Power Fusion (heated, fusion of hot and power yoga for all levels) and Yoga Sculpt (heated, intermediate power yoga with weights).
• Introductory Offer: One week of free classes and $109 for your first month of unlimited yoga.
• Price: $149 per month for unlimited yoga, a five-class pack for $96, a 10-class pack for $185, a 20-class pack for $340 and single classes for $20. Discounts are offered for students, school teachers, active military personnel and seniors.
The largest corporate yoga entity in the nation finally made its way to Dallas this past weekend when CorePower Yoga opened its 101st studio in the United States with a new spot at Mockingbird Station. And with an overwhelming 112 people showing up to the studio's friends-and-family opening-night class last Thursday, it's clear that Dallas yogis are pretty excited about the company's arrival.
And it's easy to see why: This yoga studio offers an excellent combination of different kinds of workout facilities, all thrown into a two-studio, rather open space with a fully-equipped locker room and shower area, plus a merch store in the lobby for all of your free-spirited wardrobe needs.
Three employees at the front desk greeted me as I walked into the brand new space, overlooking the numerous weekend shoppers in this busy shopping strip. Each of the instructors explained that they were all new to Dallas, having moved here from San Fransisco, Chicago and Minnesota for the sole reason of being a part of this new venue and the ever-growing yoga community that will branch from it.
In fact, Minnesota-native Joseph Lippold has been so inspired by this program that he decided to take the role of new market operations and training manager here in Dallas. After slipping a disc in his back, Lippold turned to CorePower Yoga to get his exercise vice fix.
“We create a space for people to do what they need,” Lipppold says. “We don't tell people what this is going to be for them. We give people a space to create their own experience.”
CorePower Yoga combines multiple styles of yoga all into a core skeleton of positions that the instructors learn throughout a training course. There are four different class options for any and all of your yoga moods. C1 and C2 are your basic Vinyasa flow classes, with the former being geared more for beginners. C2 is slightly more advanced, cranking the temperature up to 95 degrees to allow your muscles to open up a bit more. Hot Power Fusion is CorePower's bridge between Vinyasa and Bikram, and it's perfect for those who usually find Bikram a bit too challenging; the temperature for this class is set at 100 degrees instead of Bikram's standard 108 and the class time is only an hour as opposed to Bikram's 90-minute course. Yoga Sculpt is a blend of each of the other classes, with weights added in for the ultimate yoga workout.
Once class starts, the workout is completely music driven. If you're looking for a quiet, relaxing brand of yoga, well, this isn't it. Within CorePower's context, though, we found that the music adds a background rhythm to follow along with and be motivated by. Each instructor, meanwhile, adds his or her own take to what they believe will empower their classes to become their very best.
“I'll even throw a Pitch Perfect song into our beginning classes,” Lippold says.
In other words: Expect the unexpected at this studio.
Every CorePower Yoga studio offers one free week of classes for newbies. This offer allows you to decide whether CorePower's unique brand of yoga is right for them.
Let's face it, though: As yoga studios go, this one kinda has it all.
And it's meant to. Lippold explains that some of his students come in without enough time or money to belong to both a gym and a yoga studio at the same time. CorePower aims to fill both of those needs, be it peace or muscle soreness.
“Maybe this is your gym where you find six pack abs,” Lippold says. “Or maybe this is the place where you find your spiritual rounding.”
Overal, I'll give CorePower Yoga an A+.