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If You Build It, They Will Come

Power Flow… Power Flow is my favorite style of yoga. It was the style that I first trained in when I took my first Yoga Teacher Training, and it is the first style that I felt confident to start teaching with.

Now that I’ve moved forward in my career and am now in a position to observe, give feedback, and teach new instructors, I realize how difficult this style is to teach. Power Vinyasa Flow Yoga is a powerful, energetic form of yoga where students quickly flow from one pose to the next while connecting their breathing to their movements. This type of yoga is often taught in a heated studio which makes it a challenging cardiovascular and strength based style of yoga. There are many names for this type of yoga including Power Flow or Baptiste Flow.

That being said, it is difficult to teach, and it is often one of the more difficult classes for members to participate in. The breath, the flow, the movement, the heat, it all challenges you in different ways. In great ways but definitely challenging ways. Even though I always offer modifications and options, new students can feel overwhelmed or intimidated by this class. It is a full body work out, and some people don’t realize when they come to “yoga” that it could actually be this challenging. This is another reason that I love this style. It not only challenges our bodies, but it also challenges our way of thinking. Typically, there is a general structure that is followed for what some think of in a Power Flow class, but at the same time, there is a lot of variation, challenges, and so many different options to keep members on their toes and get them to work out in a way different than many others.