“What kind of yoga style do you teach?” is a question I often hear from potential employers. Well, let’s take a look back at my years in yoga.
When I began my yoga practice many years ago, it was under the tutelage of the great Rodney Yee. Class: Power Yoga. Description: “Yoga expert Rodney Yee guides you through a challenging yoga sequence that creates detoxifying heat in your body and helps you build inner and outer strength.” I had no idea what yoga really is, or what is would mean to me in the future, but the fact that it said “power” was incentive enough. When a friend asked me what style of yoga I practiced, I answered, “Rodney Yee Power Yoga.”
It was that drive and determination to be stronger, be more powerful, that propelled me into my later hobbies: weight training and kickboxing. Eventually, I turned to a local CorePower Yoga (CPY) studio to hone my yoga practice.
There’s that word again: power. CPY’s values and mission statement greatly shaped my perception of what I wanted to be. Here it is from their website:
To show the world the incredible life-changing things that happen when you root an intensely physical workout in the mindfulness of yoga.
Eventually, I got my teacher-training certification from CPY, hoping to instill that same, intense physical workout in others, like other CPY teachers had to me. Once I branched away from CPY, something changed. As I started taking workshops in prenatal yoga, and restoration yoga, I realized that I don’t need “power yoga” because I already do other powerful workouts. Weight training, Krav Maga, kickboxing, are all intense and physical.
Yoga to me, now, as a teacher, is something that I want to share as a method of peace and restoration. I want my students coming in feeling challenged, but not overwhelmed. Still influenced by vinyasa-style hatha yoga, I believe in an invigorating flow, with restorative postures towards the end of class.