Getting To The Core Of Yoga Practice

Students perform the ‘reverse warrior’ move. Photo courtesy CorePower Yoga

CorePower Yoga has opened its first Hawaii studio at Kahala Mall, offering yoga classes to help you feel physically stronger and healthier.

“CorePower is a style of yoga that was created by our CEO Trevor Tice,” explains studio manager Zoe Pappas. “He took what he really loved about Bikram and Ashtanga yoga, and he also looked into Iyengar and most importantly Power yoga, and he took those styles of yoga and combined them into what we call CorePower Yoga.

“It’s basically a sequence, so you start with a great warmup, and then you’re toning the entire body (upper, lower and most importantly the core), and at the end is a great cool down and stretching.”

There are classes for beginners to the most advanced yogi. Also offered are HPF (hot power fusion) yoga and a sculpt class (yoga with handheld weights).

Free classes are available Sundays at 7:30 p.m. and Mondays at 8:45 p.m. First-time students also can sign-up for a free week of unlimited yoga.

“We believe in free yoga because we want people to just try it out,” says Pappas. “Some people are afraid of the financial commitment, and we want people to not have to feel like thay have to spend an arm and a leg. We also believe that in giving you receive.

“CorePower is power yoga – you are going to sweat and get your heart going, but we also tell people that if it’s too much, to take a break. For me, yoga just helps clear my mind. I can be away from my life for an hour and not think about anything else.”

The spacious and noticeably clean studio can fit 75 mats, and has locker rooms with six showers for women and four showers for men.

Mat and towel rentals also are offered. One regular CorePower Yoga class is $20. Discounted multi-class packages are available, as well as monthly and yearly memberships. Discounts are offered to students, seniors (age 55 and above), full-time school and yoga teachers, and military.

At Kahala Mall, CorePower Yoga is located outside of the mall near Kahala Barber and Young Laundry. For more information, call 738-9642.