Walking meditation was a beautiful way to begin the day at Yandara. I enjoyed waking up with the waves and reflecting on the day to come.
Potential students should come for the yoga and stay for the food! The kitchen did a wonderful job at providing and excellent variety of yummy prana charged cuisine.
What is Power yoga?Power yoga is an intense, dynamic style of Yang (active) yoga, often said to be the "gym yoga" practice, but the fact is that Power yoga derives from the practice of Ashtanga yoga, with the main difference that it doesn't follow a set series of poses. Power yoga classes can vary widely depending on who is teaching the class, but the emphasis is on concentrating the mind, while building strength and creating flexibility. The two teachers that are credited for the invention of Power yoga, Beryl Bender Birch (New York) and Bryan Kest (Los Angeles), have both studied with the founder of Ashtanga Yoga, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. According to Beryl Bender Birch, the term Power yoga was a name she came up with to let people know that Ashtanga yoga, unlike the more gentle yoga practiced in the 70s, was a serious, full body workout.
Why do we add Power Yoga to our practice?
To challenge yourself through a more dynamic practice does not mean pushing past your edge. A powerful practice is a highly personal experience that invites you to explore your body and work with your edge instead of against it. One of the jewels earned through the practice of Power yoga is the respect of yourself and your body. Igniting the inner fire evokes energy, vitality and heat to rise through our being. It lies in our responsibility to stay sensitive to that fire, and to keep the flame steady by proudly working with our edge, rather than comparing or competing with others.
Finding your balance.
We believe that stepping onto your mat to do a powerful; challenging yoga practice should never feel dreadful, but joyful. We challenge you to get onto your mat and smile as you raise your arms to the sky, inviting your first energizing inhale, and smile even more as you exhale and fold forward, knowing deeply that bending the knees to touch the earth is just as perfect as keeping the legs straight. As long as you stay attentive to your inner voice, growth will happen, and that growth will take you deeper into the earth, as well as higher toward the fierce, glowing, warming, powerful sun.