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Get To Know Mytri Sundaresh!

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1. What led you to become a yoga instructor?
My journey has been two part – the first was finding yoga and second, in realizing my love for teaching.  Growing up I was exposed to yogic concepts by way of Indian culture, but I never truly connected with it.  It wasn’t until certain life events, which left me feeling mentally & emotionally drained, that I really embraced the yogic teachings.  Continue reading »
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Motivating Through Creativity.

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“We are what our thoughts have made us: so take care about what you think.  Words are secondary.  Thoughts live and travel far” - Swami Vivekananda
The arts have always played an important role in my life.  As a child I was surrounded by family members who were accomplished musicians, dancers, painters, and writers.  Continue reading »
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Get To Know Krista Darrell!

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What led you to become a yoga instructor?

I picked up yoga in college as a means of exercise that was more accessible, for me, then going to the gym and using weight machines. My main goal when I started yoga was to build strength, I was too flexible and had come close to suffering serious injuries because my muscles weren’t holding my joints together tight enough. After years of doing yoga I wanted to deepen my practice which led me to enter Yoga Teacher Training. I actually did not think that I wanted to teach yoga when I first started the training. It wasn’t until we started teaching each other, and then taught our beginner yogi friends, that I became inspired to teach yoga. Continue reading »

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What Mindful Movement Means To Me

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For more than just safety reasons, I believe ‘mindful movement’ is one of the most integral things you can focus on to grow your practice. To me, mindful movement is what takes place in-between each posture as well as the adjustments we make once in a posture and it is facilitated by the breath. Continue reading »

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Get to know Kate Manchester!

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What led you to become a yoga instructor?

 

My yoga practice became consistent after a hip injury that required me to take around 8 months off of any activity.  Yoga is what I credit for healing my body, but what I didn’t anticipate was a flooding of other things in my life that weren’t healed, specifically processing the loss of my mom to breast cancer when I was 15.  My desire to share this practice with others was building and I, specifically, wanted to bring it to breast cancer survivors as healing is yearned for both physically and emotionally.
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Mindful Movement.

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I’d like to believe that each time my body meets my yoga mat that my practice beautifully unfolds into a rhythmic dance strung together through unrestricted and graceful movement. Bahahaha! While that would be lovely there is a brilliant reason it is called a “practice”, and that practice requires the intention of mindfulness, on REPEAT. Continue reading »

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Tools For Finding Peace- A Reflection On Teacher Training.

 

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Our 10 week 200 hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher training begins February 18th, 2017! This program will empower you to live your most inspired life and give you the tools to help others do the same. 

Katie Landgrebe, a graduate of our 2016 program, shared her personal experience with us and how it helped her find inner peace and calm.

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Give the Gift of Yoga

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Looking for the perfect gift idea?  Give your friends and family the gift of Yoga this holiday season!

Purchase a $130 GIFT CARD for just $100, or a $65 GIFT CARD for just $50.

Visit the front desk for more information or to purchase.  Happy Gifting!

 

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Practice with M.Power online at Burnalong.com!

DSC_8318Wherever life finds you, practice with the friends and M.Power instructors who motivate you. Burnalong is an online platform that enables you to exercise with your friends during recorded classes offered by M.Power instructors like Dani, Kristin, Jason or Jermain.

We are very excited to be a part of the Burnalong community and representing them in the Baltimore area for yoga.

Learn more and sign up at Burnalong.com!

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Meaningful Connections.

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I have to say that the notion of MEANINGFUL CONNECTIONS is truly what brought me to MPower to begin with.  Through our vibrant yoga community, I was introduced to Jason Herd.  We chatted yoga, goals and life stories for a few hours.  MPower wasn’t open yet, in fact I think construction had just begun.  But Jason took a chance on me and after interviewing with him and Michelle, they offered me a teaching position.  Talk about a meaningful connection.

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Get to know Nila Mechali!

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What led you to become a yoga instructor?
I believe that yoga was brought to me.  I was in a sad confusing place in my life and came across a postcard to try power vinyasa.  It felt like a calling, so I went for it.  A few months into my new hot practice, the teacher announced a teacher training – my heart dropped in utter fear so I knew in that moment I had to sign up.  My life changed – empowerment through vulnerability – I am so grateful and so blessed to pass on this ancient practice.

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Posture Clinic: Half Moon Pose

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On our first day of yoga teacher training, we were asked what our three most difficult poses (read: LEAST FAVORITE) were. At the time, headstand was my main nemesis, with Ardha Chandrasana – AKA Half Moon Pose, coming in a close second.  Continue reading »

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Get to know Elyza Dolby!

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What led you to become a yoga instructor?
At the end of my 25th year, I was spending a lot of time on my mat. I was unhappy in a lot of areas of life, but also actively making changes towards improving for the first time I could ever recall. I had been interviewing for my “dream job”, and bombed in the home stretch; as I laid in Savasana bawling my eyes out, I realized that yoga was the one area of my life that made me feel ALIVE, and I needed more of it. I decided on a 200-hr training in Costa Rica mainly to deepen my practice, and wasn’t sure I’d ever teach, but after about six months back in Baltimore, my real “dream job” started showing up everywhere in my life… And here I am.

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October Membership Special!

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Hey M.Power Yogis! Ready to recommit to your practice this fall? There’s never been a better time to do it. Sign up for our unlimited membership in the month of October and get a FREE yoga mat to jumpstart your practice. Don’t forget your first month of membership is also discounted to only $79 per month. Member’s also receive FREE rental mats and towels, 10% off our retail boutique, and FREE Moxie Sessions every month designed to help you deepen your practice. Email us at info@mpoweryogastudio.com for more info or inquire after class with your instructor.

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Get To Know Robin Morris!

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What led you to become a yoga instructor?
I was experiencing some depression and decided I needed to find a spiritual path.  Growing up I never went to church regularly so spirituality was missing from my life.  As my training progressed I discovered all of the wonderful things yoga can do for the mind AND the body.  I think most people go into yoga for the physical benefits but grow in the opposite direction.

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Posture Clinic: Wheel Pose

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I am really into wheel these days. It opens my front hip flexors, heart, shoulders and upper back.  In wheel the head falls below the heart and therefore you receive the benefits of an inversion.  Continue reading »

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Slow Down and Move Mindfully

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The speed at which we live our lives puts our brain into a high gear: we tend to make decisions and movements in life without clear intention. Much of the time we go through the motions and they don’t have a lot of meaning.  This spans from our physical actions (changing the radio station, eating a meal, folding laundry), to our words (conversations between family, friends and co-workers), to our inner dialogue (the thoughts that move through our head).

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Get to know Dana Robert!

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What led you to become a yoga instructor?

I use to live a VERY intense life. I was a trader at the Chicago Board of Trade and was boxing with a boxing coach three times a week. The repetitive movement of hitting the bags and my opponents lead to over use of my shoulder ligaments. Like over used rubber bands the elasticity in my shoulders were shot. The doctors thought it was the end of my workout career and a double surgery was a part of my future. I used yoga to rehab my shoulders and never needed surgery. I was addicted right from the start.

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Posture Workshop: Flying Pigeon Pose

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Benefits of Flying Pigeon Pose

Flying Pigeon pose strengthens the shoulders, wrists, arms and core, and stretches the hips and legs. The pose can also help to improve balance and stimulate the digestive organs. Approach this pose with caution if you have any hip, knee or wrist injuries. Continue reading »

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Moxie: Pushing Past Your Edge

 

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I have a strong connection to Moxie. Moxie means force of character, determination or nerve. Not just on my mat but every day off my mat. My personal mantra is lead life by making calculated risks. Always take chances, push yourself outside your comfort zone. Continue reading »

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Highway to Handstand

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If you’ve ever taken class with Kristen you know she has a love for handstands! We asked her to give us some quick tips to help master this challenging and intimidating inversion. Continue reading »

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Get to know Kristen McAfee!

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What led you to become a yoga instructor?

I first got into a consistent yoga practice when I was looking for something to compliment the running and lifting I was doing on a daily basis. From my first class I was hooked. I found more of a connection with my mind and body then in anything else I was partaking in. After a few months of growing my own practice I wanted to take it further and learn more and be able to share my love of yoga and what it brought to my life with others.

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Mastering the Moment

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M.Power’s 6 foundations each speak to me in a different way. The one that resonates with me the most is ‘Mastery of the Moment’.

In the past I used to find myself in a routine of always multi taking and not being fully present. My “to do list” seemed never ending and I would constantly think about what was on it, no matter where I was. I was missing out on genuine connections and conversations because my mind was in 5 different places at once.

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Posture Clinic: Triangle

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Pregnancy can take a toll on women’s core and this can cause diastasis recti or separation of the abdominal muscles. One way to help prevent this and/or repair it is by strengthening the transverse abdominals, the deep core muscles that hold everything in like a belt. Throughout my pregnancy and post-partum my favorite ways to strengthen my core is in triangle pose or trikonasana.  Continue reading »

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Get to know Elizabeth Perry!

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Meet our instructor of the month for June, Elizabeth!

Elizabeth’s warmth and passion for yoga is totally contagious. You can find her on the schedule teaching M1 and our Prenatal classes, Mom-To-Be Yoga. Continue reading »

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New Power Yin Fusion Class!

 

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A brand new sequence to M.Power.. come try this unique format out and give us your feedback! This hybrid sequence is the perfect compliment to your Power Vinyasa Class, especially if you are looking for a new way to play your edge.

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Get to know Jason Williams!

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Jason Williams is our instructor of the month for May! Jason teaches the mindful, yet challenging new Pilates Barre format at M.Power. You can try it out on Saturday’s at Noon. He will also be launching a brand new Meditation class beginning May 8th, Sunday at 4:15pm. Jason knows how to inspire his students and create an experience in his classes. He gives you the results you are looking for and keeps you coming back for more. Don’t miss his class!

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Mindful Movement

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One of the things that drew me to M.Power is their commitment to the foundations that built the essence of the studio. Without a foundation it’s hard to build a home.   M.Power feels like a home away from home. While each foundation is important, one that resonated with me was Mindful Movement. Mindful Movement can mean many things from the physical to community. Continue reading »

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NEW Meditation Class!

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Join Jason Williams every Sunday at 4:15pm for a NEW class at M.Power: Transformational Meditation. This 30-minute class will teach basic meditation techniques to help you reach a higher state of awareness.   Continue reading »

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Posture Clinic: Bird of Paradise

Learn how to prepare for, and get into, bird of paradise led by M.Power Yoga instructor Melisa Casses. Melisa begins by leading you through a few warm up poses, that can help you prep for this posture, and then she guides you through bird of paradise step by step.

 

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Mastery Of The Moment

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“The whole essence of Zen consists in walking along the razors edge of NOW—to be so utterly, so completely present that no problem, no suffering, nothing that is not who you are in your essence can survive in you. In the NOW, in the absence of time, all your problems dissolve.” Eckart Tolle, The Power of Now

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Get to know Melisa Deane Casses!

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We are so lucky to have Melisa in the M.Power family! Melisa is one of the most experienced teacher’s in Baltimore City and has so much passion and knowledge to share! You can catch Melisa at M.Power on Saturday’s at the 5:30pm M2 and 7pm Music In Motion classes!

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Making Meaningful Connections.

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I remember the first time I did crow pose. Nature Kids Summer Camp. What a glorious moment for 11 year old me! Until, I went for round two, and fell right on my face. This was my first yoga memory. At that time, I didn’t know it as “yoga,” and certainly not as I know yoga today. From that one meaningful connection, and then the countless others that followed it, I’ve found a lifelong practice. Now, I could not imagine my life without my yoga practice and my yoga community. Continue reading »

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Get to know Erica Schommer!

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The one of a kind, free spirited Erica Schommer is our instructor of the month for March! Erica is down to earth and approachable, very knowledgeable and is sure to challenge you to try something new and different in her classes. Find her at M.Power Sunday mornings at 10:30am!

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March Membership Special

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Sign up for M.Power Autopay membership in March and get a FREE Yoloha Yoga mat. Don’t forget, your first month is also only $79! Inquire at the front desk for more info!

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Thoughts Become Things.

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I was going to talk about moxie for this blog. Moxie is defined as a force of character, determination, or nerve. Specifically, I wanted to discuss the three principles that have guided my life through the years. They are: 1) don’t cry over spilt milk; 2) be yourself; and 3) learn something new every day. Continue reading »

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Why M.Power?

There are a lot of options out there for yoga. Why choose M.Power? What sets M.Power apart is the community. This is not just a job for us, or a place to get in shape; this is our lives, and the people here are our family. Don’t take our word for it, hear what our students have to say!

 

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Get to know Cecelia Bellomo!

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This month we are featuring the one and only Cecelia as our instructor of the month. Not only is she an incredible Barre and Yoga teacher, but she works behind the scenes at M.Power to keep things running and bring you a memorable experience on every visit to the studio.
Cecelia teaches a ton of classes throughout the week. Check our schedule and come join her soon!

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Get to know Annie Truax!

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Annie is a barre superstar at M.Power! A favorite among barre lovers, Annie brings intensity and challenge in the warmest way possible. Always smiling and full of good vibes, Annie is sure to give you a great work out AND brighten up your day. Join her on Sunday mornings at 9am to work off your hangover from the night before!

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