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Yoga With a Punch: Ki Power Vinyasa

2011 August 30
by Jess

I’ve heard it over and over again “I can’t sit still long enough to make it through an hour of yoga“, “I’m not into all that chanting and hippy-dippy stuff“, or “I just don’t get anything out of yoga, I want a ‘real’ workout” when discussing ways a yoga class can benefit a client. I get it. Yoga isn’t for everyone, but I strongly believe that yoga can benefit just about every body.

If you’re one of those people who just can’t sit still or the thought of chanting “om” turns you off from yoga, Ki Power Vinyasa may be the class for you. The class created by Isauro Frenandez, combines “the movement and breath of Vinyasa Yoga with the grace, focus and physical intensity of martial arts”. In this class you won’t find yourself wondering how much longer you have to stay in utkatasana (chair pose), instead you’ll find yourself wondering when you’ll get to catch your breath.

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The eclectic mix of rock music that Isauro plays during class energizes the moves as your core muscles begin to quiver. The music which seems to build in much the same way the yoga sequences build somehow leads one to feel just as powerful and strong as the music. Sweat and hard work cannot be avoided. Neither can a little soreness the day after taking your first Ki Power Vinyasa class.

Having been able to take the class twice now (at Vino y Yoga Event and at another blog event) I can say that it’s a unique yoga blended class that feels like a total body workout. I’ll be honest I typicallly prefer the slow om-ing classes over the fast paced ones, but I enjoy this one just as much. My reasons for going to yoga right now are to help avoid injury, clear my mind and take the time to breath so it’s not the best class for me during marathon training. However, once marathon training is over and done with, I know I’ll crave a sweatier style practice.

If this class sounds likes it’s up your ally, Ki Power Vinyasa is being taught at Pure Yoga NYC and at Earth Yoga. To see what other people had to say about this class check out these reviews.

Question: Do you feel like you’re one of those people that could never make it through a yoga class?

I once was that person who couldn’t handle the stillness. After giving it a try for several months when I first moved to NYC, despite my reluctance I feel in love with it.

* Note, I wouldn’t recommend going into this class without any knowledge of the basic yoga poses. Also read 5 Things Every Yogi Should Know.

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4 Responses leave one →
  1. August 30, 2011

    I just sat through my first 75 minute yoga class on Sunday and time went by so quickly! I was so sad when it was over.

  2. August 30, 2011

    So great to see this review! It’s my FAVORITE yoga class at Pure!! I try to go every week :-)

  3. August 30, 2011

    How fun. I’ve tried many different kinds of yoga, but combining Vinyasa Yoga plus martial arts sounds crazy cool. I think yoga takes practice, both due to the mental challenges (especially for us type-A thinkers) and the physical, but it’s so empowering when you see your improvements from one class to the next or you suddenly find yourself in a moment where your mind feels open and free of twelve-zillion thoughts.

  4. August 30, 2011

    This sounds amazing. What a great find. The UES yoga scene is looking up!

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