With summer rapidly approaching, those looking for a holistic approach to getting fit should check out CorePower Yoga, which has three locations in Salt Lake City. Offering a variety of exercise-based yoga classes accessible to all levels, CorePower can satisfy both the novice and the experienced yoga practitioner. Most classes are one hour long, heated and set to music.
The business was founded in 2002 by Trevor Tice, who was introduced to the practice after a cliff-jumping accident left him with a fused ankle and six permanent screws. "No longer able to engage in high-impact activities, [he] was immediately hooked to the physical challenge and, soon after, he discovered the mental and spiritual benefits of yoga," says Janice Alonso, manager of the Trolley Square location.
CorePower Yoga is a national chain with over 150 locations. It's committed to giving students a high level of instruction whether they pop into a class on SLC's Highland Drive or Fremont Street in San Francisco. Alonso got involved with CorePower in Orange County, Calif. "After years of dabbling, I finally decided to take on a more committed yoga practice due to chronic back pain and recurring injuries from running and snowboarding," she says. Following a year as a member, Alonso enrolled in teacher training and has been spreading her love of yoga since 2010.
Instructor Katie Gassinger loves sharing yoga with others. "CorePower Yoga has helped me to discover that everyone has some good," she says. "It's just a matter of learning how to let that good flow from every nook and cranny of your being."
Chanel Stewart, assistant manager of the Foothill location, loves the sense of community her job provides. "It [doesn't] feel like work," Stewart says. "I am surrounded by the best people every day. Both students and teachers help lift me up and I get to help them grow."
If you're interested in trying out CorePower Yoga, check out its class schedule online. The first week is free. Alonso recommends "C1" classes for beginners, which are not as intense but still help students build muscle memory. "Hot Power Fusion is great for beginners," she says. "It's our hottest class but the series is more static and slower [with] the same poses every class."
But even if you can't fit a C1 or Hot Power Fusion into your schedule, Alonso says all classes are accessible because instructors can help students modify the moves. "What I recommend [overall] is a consistent practice to help build good foundation, and knowledge of alignment and safety in poses."