Moxie is defined as force of character, determination, or nerve. At M·Power, we live our lives with moxie. We challenge ourselves to find our edge on and off our mats, work through resistance, take risks that scare us, and grow into the best version of ourselves.
2. Mindful Movement
While reaching fitness goals means playing your edge, it’s important to never sacrifice stability for mobility. Our sequences move the body mindfully from one pose to the next, achieving physical breakthroughs without risking injury. Mindful movement ensures a lifetime of practice and brings a new level of grace, flow, and awareness to the mat.
3. Mastery of the Moment
We believe in living in the present moment. Society is full of distractions and creating genuine connections is harder than ever. We let you unplug and focus on what this moment has to offer. We believe that where we are right now is exactly where we are supposed to be and we don't want to miss a moment.
4. Meaningful Connections
M·Power is a yoga studio for people from all walks of life, with all levels of experience—from beginner to seasoned yogi. The M·Power community is a place where you will build lasting relationships with instructors and fellow students.
5. Making a Difference
M·Power Yoga is about giving back. By hosting karma yoga classes to benefit local charities and regularly organizing outreach events, we help make Baltimore City a better place to live.
6. Motivating through Creativity
Creativity can inspire and motivate. We find our creative inspiration through movement, music, and art. The arts inspire us to imagine new possibilities for our lives, and make them into reality. They motivate us to do better both on and off our mats, and we hope they will do the same for you.
Partner and Yoga InstructorEmail Jason
Jason, a co-founder of M.Power, has been teaching yoga for over 10 years.
He was originally drawn to the deeper roots of the practice: the breath, meditation and the philosophy of yoga. He initially used yoga to supplement other workouts like lifting weights and cardio and it provided him the benefits of a calm and present mind. After discovering the challenge of Power Yoga, that all changed. Yoga quickly became his workout of choice, and the deeper practice took a back seat.
After many yoga-induced injuries caused by classes that pushed the envelope without safeguarding the body, Jason has returned to his roots and what originally drew him to the practice. He is currently studying with one of the most experienced and respected Yoga teachers in the West, Rod Stryker. Jason designs his classes to give you the workout you are looking for while introducing you to the essential techniques that respect your body's limits so you can enjoy a lifetime of yoga: alignment, breath, and a present and still mind.
Studio Manager and Yoga InstructorEmail Michelle
After receiving a degree in social work from UMBC, Michelle relocated to Minnesota to manage a program for people struggling with severe and persistent mental illness.
Shortly after moving, Michelle was invited to take a yoga class, and instantly fell in love with the practice. She quickly began feeling the benefits of her yoga practice, including relief from long-term back pain, lowered levels of anxiety, and even better management of her asthma.
Michelle completed her teacher training in the spring of 2011, and soon began teaching yoga full time. She has taught many different styles, including Vinyasa, traditional Hot Yoga, and Restorative Yoga.
Partner and Yoga InstructorEmail Joel
The first time Joel went to yoga, it was almost against his will. He had grown up as an athlete who was always in the gym, and he thought yoga was for hippies.
That first class completely changed his mind; Joel was immediately hooked. He loved the heat, the physical challenge, and how it brought him a calming feeling. Yoga quickly became a huge part of his life.
Joel was a full-time musician at this point, and he and his brother Jason were asked to play for a yoga class. They loved playing for the class so much that they started offering music for yoga classes on a regular basis, which eventually led to them playing at yoga conferences and festivals all over the country. Using music to enhance the experience of a yoga class for students has been incredibly rewarding for Joel, and has been part of the inspiration behind M·Power. Both yoga and music have been hugely inspirational in Joel’s life, and he hopes M·Power will enable him to share these inspirations with other people, helping them grow in the same ways they have helped him grow.
Studio Operations DirectorEmail Cecelia
Cecelia Bellomo has been a Yoga/Pilates Instructor since 2005. Cecelia only got into yoga because of the strong recommendation of her doctor. She was given a choice of surgery or yoga (to reduce her stress) and since that time, yoga has been her passion. She has more than 30 years of teaching experience, and more than 10 years in teaching exercise classes. She is certified to teach yoga, air yoga, pilates, barre, surfset and aqua classes. She also is a certified personal trainer. She holds an E-RYT 500 certification in yoga. With age, injuries and wisdom, she has taken a more therapeutic approach to exercise, but that doesn’t mean easier.
Michelle grew up in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and found a true love for Pilates at age 15, attending as many classes as possible at local studios and gyms. Once she began to attend WVU in Fall of 2010 she developed a true passion for instructing and helping others grow through Pilates. After 200 hours of teacher training in the summer of 2011 Michelle was certified in Modern Pilates and went on to instruct throughout her time studying Public Relations at WVU. Michelle is now living in Federal Hill, Baltimore and is certified in advanced Pilates. When Michelle is not in the studio you can find her hiking with her dog, Lady, spending time with her husband, or in the gym partaking in Barre classes, Boxing classes or plyometric circuit training.
At M·Power, we’re very supportive of the arts. We want to be inspired by musicians as often as we can. That’s why we have musicians performing live in class on a regular basis to enhance your yoga flow. We hope our students will become inspired and motivated through the creativity they experience every time they visit M·Power.