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What is Power Yoga? Discover the Benefits of this Energizing Practice

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Unleash Your Inner Strength with Power Yoga: Discover the Benefits of this Energizing Practice

 

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Power Yoga is a dynamic and invigorating form of yoga that combines strength, flexibility, and mindfulness. It is a fast-paced practice that challenges both the body and the mind. In this article, we will explore what power yoga is, the benefits of this practice, and how it can help you unleash your inner strength.

What is power yoga?

Power Yoga is a modern style of yoga that was developed in the late 20th century. It draws inspiration from traditional yoga practices but incorporates a more vigorous and energetic approach. Power Yoga focuses on flowing sequences of postures that build strength, increase flexibility, and improve overall fitness.

Understanding the benefits of power yoga

Power Yoga offers a wide range of benefits for both the body and the mind. One of the main advantages of this practice is its ability to improve physical fitness. The fast-paced nature of power yoga helps to increase heart rate, burn calories, and build lean muscle mass. Regular practice can lead to weight loss, increased stamina, and improved cardiovascular health.

In addition to the physical benefits, power yoga also promotes mental well-being. The mindful movement and breathwork involved in power yoga help to reduce stress, enhance focus, and improve mental clarity. It can be a powerful tool for managing anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions.

The difference between power yoga and traditional yoga

While power yoga shares some similarities with traditional yoga, there are a few key differences between the two practices. Traditional yoga typically focuses on slow and controlled movements, while power yoga is characterized by its fast-paced and dynamic sequences. Power yoga also places a greater emphasis on strength and endurance, whereas traditional yoga focuses more on flexibility and relaxation.

How power yoga can help with weight loss

If you’re looking to shed some extra pounds, power yoga can be an excellent addition to your fitness routine. The combination of cardiovascular exercise and strength training in power yoga can promote weight loss and help you achieve a leaner physique. The continuous movements and challenging postures engage multiple muscle groups, leading to increased calorie burn and improved metabolism.

Power yoga for building strength and endurance

Power Yoga is a highly effective practice for building strength and endurance. The dynamic movements and postures require a significant amount of muscular engagement, particularly in the core, arms, and legs. Over time, regular power yoga practice can lead to increased muscle tone, improved balance, and enhanced overall physical performance.

Power yoga for stress relief and mental clarity

In today’s fast-paced world, stress and mental clutter are common challenges. Power yoga can be a powerful tool for finding relief and gaining mental clarity. The combination of physical movement, breathwork, and mindfulness in power yoga helps to calm the mind, reduce anxiety, and promote a sense of inner peace. By focusing on the present moment and releasing tension from the body, power yoga allows for deep relaxation and rejuvenation.

Finding the right power yoga class for you

When it comes to finding the right power yoga class for you, it’s essential to consider your experience level, fitness goals, and personal preferences. Power yoga classes can vary in intensity and style, so it’s crucial to choose a class that aligns with your needs and interests. Look for experienced instructors who can provide modifications for beginners and challenge advanced practitioners. Experiment with different classes and studios until you find the one that resonates with you.

Power yoga for beginners: Tips and modifications

If you’re new to power yoga, it’s essential to start slowly and gradually build your strength and flexibility. Here are a few tips and modifications to help you get started:

  • Listen to your body: Pay attention to how your body feels during the practice. If a pose feels too challenging or causes pain, modify or skip it altogether.
  • Take breaks when needed: It’s okay to rest and catch your breath during a power yoga class. Listen to your body and take breaks as necessary.
  • Use props: Props such as blocks, straps, and blankets can help you modify poses and make them more accessible.
  • Focus on alignment: Proper alignment is crucial in power yoga to prevent injuries. Take the time to understand the alignment cues given by the instructor and make adjustments as needed.

Unleashing your inner strength with power yoga

Power Yoga is not just a physical practice; it is a journey of self-discovery and personal growth. Through the challenging postures and the mental focus required, power yoga can help you tap into your inner strength and unlock your full potential. As you progress in your practice, you will develop a deep sense of self-confidence, resilience, and empowerment.

Conclusion

Power Yoga is a transformative practice that offers numerous physical and mental benefits. Whether you’re looking to improve your fitness, manage stress, or unleash your inner strength, power yoga can be a powerful tool on your journey. Take the time to explore different classes, find an experienced instructor, and listen to your body as you embark on this empowering practice. Unleash your inner strength with power yoga and discover the incredible benefits it has to offer.

Find the right Power Yoga Class for you at one of our Power Yoga Canada studios!

If you’re ready to experience the benefits of power yoga firsthand, take the next step and find the right power yoga class for you. It’s time to unleash your inner strength and embark on a journey of self-discovery and empowerment. Take the first step today and find a power yoga class that aligns with your goals and preferences. Your inner strength is waiting to be unleashed!

Click here to find the closest Power Yoga Canada studio to you!

Mastering Power Yoga: 5 Key Tips to Enhance Your Practice

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You’ve come to the right place if you’re motivated to improve your power yoga practice and are looking for helpful advice to advance it. We’ll go into five key tips in this blog post that will help you enhance your practice, master power yoga and improve your experience on the mat. 

  1. Breathe with Intention: Power yoga is a dynamic, challenging form of exercise that emphasizes breathing in time with movement. In addition to oxygenating your body, conscious breathing also helps to relax your mind, which makes it possible for you to feel more present. Throughout the activity, keep in mind to breathe deeply and completely through your nose. Connect to the strength of your breath, allowing it to direct your actions and give each position a sense of force.

  2. Cultivate Core Stability: Learning power yoga requires a strong core. Your core serves as the focal point of your body’s power, offering stability and support in difficult poses. To build a strong foundation, incorporate core-focused poses into your practice, such as boat posture (Navasana) and plank pose (Phalakasana). Consciously contract your abdominal muscles during the exercise to improve your overall stability and control.

  3. Embrace Challenge with Patience: Power yoga is meant to test your physical and mental stamina. It’s critical to face every difficulty with patience and compassion as you work to push yourself to your limits. Respecting the demands of your body, allow yourself to advance and evolve at your own rate. Never forget that growth is a journey, and each step counts. You’ll gradually see your transformation if you’re patient and keep practising.

  4. Explore Modifications: In power yoga, modifications are your friends. They enable you to avoid injury and modify the poses to fit your current level of fitness. Never be hesitant to alter poses by adding props or changing your alignment. As you proceed toward more complex variants, pay attention to your body and make any adjustments. You’ll develop a strong and enduring practice by respecting the limitations of your body and adapting as necessary.

  5. Find a Supportive Community: Power Yoga Canada provides a loving and welcoming community where yogis help and encourage one another. Participate in workshops, Yoga Teacher Trainings (Summer or Winter) and have conversations with other yogis to broaden your knowledge and meet like-minded people. Sharing your journey with others fosters growth and inspiration by creating a positive and stimulating environment.

Dedication, consistency, and a willingness to push oneself are necessary for mastering power yoga. You may improve your power yoga experience and experience dramatic growth both on and off the mat by implementing these five essential tips into your routine. Keep in mind to breathe deliberately, strengthen your core, accept problems patiently, explore changes, and surround yourself with encouraging people. Enjoy the practice, have faith in your path, and let yoga’s transformative ability to change your life. Come along with us at Power Yoga Canada as we set off on this empowering journey!

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200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Testimonials

By 200 Hour Teacher Training

Are you curious about completing your 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training certification? It’s important to do your research and to find the best program for you! We’ve put together some videos below so you can hear firsthand from participants of the 200 hour program that we deliver. Power Yoga Canada’s (PYC) 200 hour yoga teacher training program is a dynamic program led by PYC’s Co-Founder, Kinndli McCollum that will immerse you into self-inquiry, practice teaching, asana (practice), meditation and group discussions. You will learn the basics and the fundamental knowledge to go out into the world and to lead a Power Yoga class. You will be engaged from day one and you are able to choose from ONE of TWO options including In-Person & Online or Fully Online. Our 200 hour program is unique in that it attracts both yoga practitioners who are interested in becoming powerful yoga teachers and many people who are interested in self-inquiry and truth-seeking within themselves. Yoga Alliance certified this training will provide participants with the opportunity to teach at other studios across the globe (ensure you review other studio requirements). Click here for all of the program details for the Winter 2024 program!

  • Katya touches on her experience of the 200 hour Yoga Teacher program held by Power Yoga Canada!

  •  Stephanie shares a quick video of her experience with the 200 hour Yoga Teacher program held by Power Yoga Canada!

  •  Erica shares insight on her experience of the 200 hour Yoga Teacher program held by Power Yoga Canada!

  • Power Yoga Canada teacher Rechev shares his experience with the Diversity Scholarship offered by PYC and the impact it’s had on him

  • Tim provides an in-depth look at his Yoga Teacher Training experience and the impact it had on him from start to finish

  • Power Yoga Canada teacher Kayla’s passion comes through as she dives deep into the impact this program has had on her

  • 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Graduate Abbey’s feedback of the program is from the heart and touches on how the program helped her come out of her shell

Your Questions Answered for Yoga Teacher Training

By 200 Hour Teacher Training, 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

As Power Yoga Canada (PYC) excitedly prepares to host the hybrid 200 hour Winter 2024 yoga teacher training, a lot of questions come through from potential participants. 

  1. How does an online and in-person program function?
  2. Will I learn everything I need to in order to become a successful yoga teacher?
  3. Can online yoga teacher training be as effective online as it is in person?
  4. What if I don’t want to teach yoga? 

About Power Yoga Canada’s 200 hour Yoga Teaching Training

The PYC 200 hour teacher training is unique as it touches on our culture that has been created and developed since the first doors were opened in 2009. Throughout the training, so much of the culture is brought forth through the methodology, yoga philosophy, the poses, and all of the transformational activities. As we all know, teachers play an integral part in the magic behind what PYC stands for, and therefore in order to ensure our guests experience the magic, it’s important for all teachers to go through the PYC 200 hr training in order to teach at any PYC location or on the PYC at Home Zoom platform. And can we not forget that Kinndli McCollum leads the training? Like, come on. The unicorn of all unicorns! Do not let being tech-savvy stop you from taking this transformational program because we have an amazing team here at PYC who will support you and will ensure you are good to go.

The 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training program is the first step in your journey as a yoga teacher so continue reading to find out more!

1. How does an online and in-person program function?

Power Yoga Canada is providing multiple options for guests to engage in the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Program for Winter 2024 to make it accessible and to provide guests with the ability to take part in-person or online from anywhere in the world. With the use of technology and facilitation tools, we ensure that all guests, whether they are fully online or in-person and online, will have an engaging and transformational experience. Take a look below to understand what each option entails:

  1. In-Person and Online- participants choosing this option will be fully engaged with participants online and in-person. They will start online on Zoom Saturday morning for a few hours before heading to the PYC Oakville Studio in the afternoon and evening (all participants are given 90 minutes to head to the PYC Oakville Studio). On Sunday, participants will once again start on Zoom in the morning for a few hours before heading to the PYC Oakville Studio in the afternoon. On Wednesday, all participants are fully online from 6 pm – 9 pm EST.
  2. Online- participants choosing this option will be online for the full duration of the program interacting with people in person and on Zoom provided with the same experience and level of care.

It is important to us that all participants have a fantastic experience so if you have any hesitation for either of the options please let us know so we can do our best to accommodate for you.

2. Will I learn everything I need to in order to become a successful yoga teacher?

Yes, you most certainly will! All of the content is delivered to help ensure you are putting what you learn right to practice! There is LABBING where you go through each and every pose of the yoga sequence known as the Power Yoga Canada Flow and you will dissect the poses with all of your peers. Furthermore, you are engaged in experiential learning throughout the entire program by teaching yoga to your fellow peers. There are presentations on the history of yoga, the anatomy of yoga, the Hindu gods, and much more! Another important aspect of yoga teacher training is the self-inquiry work and activities that you take part in. The work and activities that you go through allow you to discover your true, authentic voice and help you find the confidence you had in you all along. We’ve received great feedback about the content of the program including two comments from recent graduates: 

“The content was fantastic. I really enjoyed all the topics we covered. I liked that every day had a theme and a quote. I also really enjoyed hearing others speak and spending time discussing our learnings in small groups. This helped me understand the content on a deeper level.”

“I honestly couldn’t believe how thorough this program was, to be honest. Even with the steps, we could take after the program! This program was so humbling because of the amount of trust PYC puts in their students and I felt the sincerity of wanting to support us after we come out of our cocoons. I wouldn’t change a thing (and I’m so grateful for all of it)!”

3. Can online yoga teacher training be as effective online as it is in person?

Before our first 200 hour Online Yoga Teacher Training took place in May 2020, we had no expectations going in. We hadn’t run one before and Power Yoga Canada is known for providing transformational, high-quality training so we had a lot on the line. We took the leap of faith just a month before the program began and put all of our focus on how it would be delivered. Weeks leading up to the program we had many people interested and kicked off the program with 37 eager yogi’s ready to take on a new journey. A transformational journey.  Below are a couple of comments from graduates of the program:

“The facilitation was amazing, I know it was a group program, but there were so many different times where I felt like the program facilitators were talking directly to me. This really enhanced my experience and was very stimulating. It opened me up to participate in ways I never thought I would.”

“I loved the online aspect! I thought I would miss out on taking the program online, but I don’t think I did at all! I feel like I made genuine connections, made new friends, and I was still able to hear others speak to the group and have small group discussions. I liked that there was no commute to and from training and that I didn’t have to pack everything. It was really nice to have the training in the comfort of my own home. I was very pleasantly surprised!”

4. What if I don’t want to teach yoga? 

PYC has had many individuals take part in our Yoga Teacher Training who simply want to learn more about their own yoga practice and have come out of the training with great knowledge and insight. The self-inquiry aspect is also proven extremely beneficial to all graduates who leave with more clarity in their life’s purpose and have become more self-aware in all areas of their lives. We have seen genuine connections and lifelong friendships created through the programs and we are extremely honoured to be able to lead such a transformative program online to people around the entire globe.

I want to leave you with one personal experience that was shared with us from a graduate of the Summer 2023 training:

“PYC Teacher Training has been pivotal in my own personal and professional transformation. I came to this program with zero expectations but fully submerged myself within the program and community. This program put me through many uncomfortable situations but soon these situations became more comfortable. I then began realizing my potential and possibilities are limitless. In turn, I have a new perspective of who I am. One that is closer to my core values. This new awareness helps me take pride in my attributes, loving what I have, and just being myself. I know If I’m faking it I can never be happy. With this perspective, I live with a new Mantra, “Now everything I do I do it with my heart and I do it so well.” Thank you PYC and the tools you have provided me to better myself and those around me.”

If you have any questions at all please feel free to reach out to PYC’s Director of Growth, Nick Vetro, any time at nick@usa.poweryogacollective.com or by text/call at 905-808-3330.

300 hour Yoga Teacher Training Testimonials

By 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

Are you curious about completing your 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training certification? It’s important to do your research and to find the best program for you! We’ve put together some videos below so you can hear firsthand from participants of the 300 hour program that we deliver. Power Yoga Canada’s 300 hour yoga teacher training program will help you take your Yoga Teaching to the next level! You will learn advanced techniques, further develop your leadership skills and build on the foundation you already have with your 200 hour Yoga Teacher certification. Deepen your understanding of how to use yoga as a healing modality and utilize powerful tools for personal transformation. Yoga Alliance certified, this training will provide participants with the opportunity to participate either in-person & online, or fully online! Click here for all of the program details for the Fall 2021 program!

  • Anathèle Zamor shares her experience during the Fall 2020 program that was fully online! She also went on to state that “Doing the 300 hours program has launched my career in yoga in a way I didn’t imagine could be possible! It’s been really amazing!”

  • Power Yoga Canada teacher Vicki Fiddler touches on the impact that the 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training program had on her including discovering her voice and making lifelong friends!

Community & Conversation

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– A day of Acknowledgement & Appreciation –

We had originally earmarked this weekend as an Energy Exchange Summit – a moment to acknowledge and appreciate our team members cross regionally. We couldn’t come together as a community without acknowledgement of what is occurring in the present moment as the world makes powerful shifts towards a new future. When we thought about bringing our community together in conversation, we wanted to open it up to you. All of you.

We are pivoting to meet the change ahead of us – and we do that by navigating from our core values and coming together as a community. Saturday morning will look like group meditation, bigger thinking through self inquiry, and flowing together.

If reading this you felt a spark, we encourage you to follow your curiosity. Save your spot this Saturday morning by signing up below.

Be ready to CONNECT, ENGAGE and TRANSFORM together.

WHEN:  Saturday, June 6

TIME:  9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Online using the Zoom application

WHO:  The entire PYC Community

WHAT TO PREPARE:  Clothes for a yoga practice, yoga mat, water bottle and a journal & pen.

ZOOM LINK: All participants who register using the link below will receive a Zoom link via email on the evening of Friday, June 5th at approximately 9:00pm

RSVP by clicking here!

– Thank you to all our thoughtful Sponsors –

Click Here to see the Energy Exchange Raffle Winners

COMPANY NAME INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT PRIZE WINNER
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Ryeka Sport ryeka_sport One winner – 3 prizes (1 x water bottle (Black or Pink) & 1lb bag of Skratch Labs (Strawberry Lemonade) NEW Flavour $ 40 value) Zach Scott
Styled Lounge styled.lounge $25 gift card and eyes masks Ellen Oatmeyer
Your Tan yourtan.ca Spray Tan valued at $65 Gabrielle Forget

 

 

 

Community Feature: May 2018

By Community Feature

Author: Roman Tataryn, Power Yoga Canada Teacher & PYC Etobicoke Yogi

Hi, Roman here, where do I start? My life before yoga was very much grey, filled with work and parties, and that was all I cared for. On top of that, about half a year before joining the Power Yoga Canada Etobicoke studio, my family-life started to collapse resulting in a breakup with my significant other. Common experience or not, I took it very close to heart. I thought of myself as failure of a man and husband, and slowly began sinking towards bottom. The depression that I was hiding from everybody, drinking problems, weight gain and health issues started to show up in my life. It all seemed like a never-ending nightmare until a rainy Tuesday, March 22nd. I had neglected my health and when people suggested yoga, I made the excuse that “yoga is not for me, yoga is for girls”.

I walked into Power Yoga Canada Etobicoke and my opinion changed after only one hour of a really sweaty class lead by Susan. I was stunned by how great I felt after class, so I started to practice 4-5 times a week, and signed up for 40 Days to Personal Revolution. Slowly but surely, I started to see results; I started feeling stronger, confident, losing weight at the same time. One of the most important things that started to happen was that I started to love the life I was living at the moment.

A magical thing then happened when I went on a trip to Iceland. I was sitting on a rock on the seashore, listening to the waves crashing (it was like meditating, but better) and the thought that I should take the 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training came into my head. Shortly after, I took my first steps towards my goal; I took my Assisting Intensive Training and Teacher Training quickly after.

As I am writing this, I realize that a little more than two years have passed since I started this journey. Was there a grand change in my physical body? The answer to that is YES, but that’s not all. The most important change was how I was able to shift my perspective from material things that used to matter the most to me, to the things that actually make me happy. The practice itself brings awareness to the whole body, to what surrounds you, it shows you how to live in the present moment on the mat and how to bring it with you into the real world.

What I found in this studio was a second family. I found people that support each other and make a stand for one another. Our studio gets together to celebrate happy moments like they’re their own, as well as supporting people in the challenges they are facing. I was able to meet some of the most amazing people and they have become my very close and precious friends. I could never say thank enough to Susan and John for creating such an amazing community that literally draws people in. I am very grateful for the opportunity to share my story with all of PYC. I hope that my story can help any student realize their potential. Change is scary, and I know it but, with a little curiosity we are capable of things that we never thought we could do. With utmost love and gratitude, Namaste.