Is there anyone out there that hasn’t fallen in love with CorePower Yoga Atlanta?
The athletic, heated vinyasa flow class empire that delivers a tough yoga workout in a beautiful, spa-like environment has taken Atlanta by storm. It’s literally the only yoga studio I know that Atlanta crossfitters don’t hate on. We’re obsessed.
CYP’s yoga is approachable and inviting to everyone, especially beginners. Plus, with 160 studios nationwide, you can get your ohm on when you’re away from home – which is key for road warriors like me. The only drawback is the heat and intensity of the workout means that post-class you’re going to look like you jumped in a pool – not like you’re ready for brunch. So don’t make mimosa plans following your practice.
CPY recently launched a #WhyIYoga campaign – and are asking yogis everywhere What’s Your Why? Fans are encouraged to tell their #WHYIYOGA story on social media by uploading a photo on their site (here) to share with their network and the world, why they practice yoga – whether big or small, silly or serious, obvious or unexpected. Super fun.
My #WhyIYoga is for the progress. I’ll be the first to say…I’m not great at yoga. In fact, I’m pretty bad at it. I have the flexibility of a cow, the “chill” of a chipmunk with rabies and being upside down for more than 10 seconds makes me want to puke. But I love it anyway. The upside of being really bad at something means that every time you do it’s very likely that you will see progress.
*by the way, the amazing team at CorePower Yoga Atlanta would want me to be very clear that “I can’t do yoga because I’m not flexible” is the number one misconception about yoga among non-practitioners. While starting a yoga practice can seem intimidating, yoga really is for everyone. That said, it’s a whole lot easier if you’re flexible, mmmkay.
Every.Single.Time I hit my mat I leave class more flexible than when I walked in. After every hour of practice in their studio by blood pressure drops in the normal range. I’ve worked towards really cool things like crow pose and not throwing up on my neighboor in downward dog – and have felt really, really good about myself when I’ve nailed them. It’s progress that I’m proud of. Plus, being proud of yourself comes very easily at CorePower Yoga Atlanta. It’s one part athletic, one part therapy and one part community. The recipe is one of the best in the business.
I recently caught up with Alicia Wilson, a CorePower Yoga Area Leader in Atlanta, to get the scoop on the new #WhyIYoga movement – and to pick her brain on all things CPY in my city and beyond.
We LOVE the #WhyIYoga campaign. What inspired it?
#WHYIYOGA is designed to give our students, teachers and broader community a platform to share all of the diverse and wonderful reasons we come to our mats. It’s a way to celebrate yogis everywhere, and encourage the millions of individuals who want to try yoga to give it a shot. CorePower Yoga is a place where students find their own version of wellbeing, on their terms. As yogis across the country unite to celebrate all things yoga, we want to share their emotional, uplifting, motivating, funny, unexpected and life-changing stories.
What is the “why” behind your practice?
Yoga helps me process life. In the past five years, since I started practicing yoga, I have been able to better connect to who I am. I’m very introverted, and being on my mat gives me the space to process my feelings and experiences as I move and breathe. The feeling of openness, clarity, and ownership I get after I practice truly helps me to go about my life as a better human.
Is there an ideal mix of restorative and strength yoga?
This depends on the student and their individual fitness goals. CorePower offers a wide array of yoga classes which range from introductory to heated vinyasa flows and intensified yoga with weights – Yoga Sculpt. Yoga Sculpt is truly unique offering and adds higher intensity, resistance training and cardio bursts to a traditional CorePower Yoga class. Students can change up their routine based on their fitness and wellness goals.
What inspires and motivates you to hit the mat?
Coming to my mat is the main way I practice self care. I get so busy in my day and my commitments to those around me – we all can relate here, right? that it’s easy for me to forget about myself. The motivation to get to my mat every day, for me, is the fact that I’m carving out of an hour where my only job is to feel, to breathe, to move. Making time on my mat a priority helps keep me stay inspired about life, and continue to explore my curiosity as a yoga student and teacher.
What is unique about your CorePower Yoga Atlanta locations?
Our community really sets CorePower apart from other options in Atlanta. From the first time someone comes into the studio, we want to get to know them, just as if they were already a good friend. Our students feel a sense of ‘home’ and ‘belonging’ when they are here. In terms of the physical space, each Atlanta area studio installs the latest technology to efficiently heat the practice rooms and are designed with green building practices in mind, using recycled products and sustainable materials.
One of my favorite parts of CorePower is that beginners feel both empowered and secure. How do you walk that fine balance?
While each student takes a personal experience from their yoga practice; many find a sense of community within CorePower – the sense of belonging to something larger than themselves.
We LOVE your retail! What are your favorite brands? Any new trends we should be on the lookout for?
Some ATL faves are Spiritual Gangster, and Teeki pants! (#PeachtreeRoadiesApproved!)
There’s NOTHING better than hot yoga when the temps drop. What are the benefits of the heat?
Sweating promotes subtle detoxification and elimination through the skin, which is the body’s largest organ. Heating the muscles from the outside in, and then with your breath and movement from the inside out, creates efficiency for a 60-minute practice. Many people don’t sweat easily; a heated yoga class helps those people achieve that experience – which many of them crave! (umm for real? How do I become one of these people who don’t sweat?…)
One of the things I love is seeing instructors from other studios taking CorePower classes. It’s one of the coolest fitness community elements I’ve experienced. How does this support make you feel?
The Atlanta fitness community is truly amazing! One of my favorite things about this community is how much crossover there is. I can go take a class at a different studio (and I do!), and feel welcomed and accepted and vice versa. It’s great to grow yoga and fitness together in this way!
What tips do you have in the hours before we come to class so we can best prepare?
Drink plenty of water, avoid eating a ton of food before class and also make sure you have some nutrients in you (think less burrito, more smoothie). Give yourself enough time to get to the studio and settle in, it’s always a plus when you can take a few minutes and relax in the studio before class starts!
What about the hours after? Atlanta traffic can kill our zen pretty quickly…
All CorePower Yoga classes start off with an opportunity to set an intention. The instructor might read a quote, or tie in a theme for your to focus on. You will also have an opportunity to think of something you want to focus on before you start moving. Remind yourself of that intent throughout the day and do your best to carry it over into your daily routine (and in traffic).