Conversion experience: Core Power yoga

I had heard a lot about the wonders of CorePower yoga - a hot room, challenging classes, awesome instructors - but had my suspicions about how different a yoga experience it really could be. The last couple months, I dedicated a lot of time to getting back into a yoga practice, and I decided yesterday to pass up my Vinyasa class at the good old YWCA and take advantage of the free intro week at CorePower.

Whoa.

I had never sweat so much in my entire life. Until today, that is, when I decided to go again, and think I actually sweat more.

Yoga has never been quite like that before - the hot room allowed me to sink more deeply into poses, but also totally kicked my ass. The heat was amazing. The instructors were great. And the environment is rather posh - they even have a retail area that sells all those beautiful and overpriced yoga and lounge clothes made from bamboo and recycled fabrics.

I'm hooked. Unfortunately, classes are expensive (regular rates are 5 classes for $75, for example, or unlimited for a month with autopay for $119). The bright spot is that the first month of your membership is $89, so one month seems slightly more doable. Regardless, I plan on going as much as I can for this free week!

I have been researching ways to take yoga around town for cheap and/or free, and my latest discovery was a limited time only coupon for a $39 unlimited month at Bikram's Yoga College of India. So, July will be spent doing Bikram, perhaps August will be at CorePower. The most affordable option looks like One Yoga, a non-profit studio that has donation-based classes almost everyday of the week ($8-$10 suggested). I plan on trying out a meditation class on Sunday night.