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While standing forearm distance away from the barre, place your left foot in front of your right with your left heel touching your toes. Up for a challenge in this pose? Test your balance by placing one hand or both on your hips or straight up into the air. Continue reading »
Growing up I was always into athletics (really just any way to move my body!) and breaking a daily sweat. Whether it was running 35+ miles a week for cross-country or sprinting over hurdles on a track, I wanted to get moving. This amount of mileage and stress at a young age unfortunately led to three bulging and rotated discs in my back by the age of 16. Luckily enough for me, this also led me to test out my first Pilates Class. Continue reading »
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a competitor. I know, that’s not something you’d expect to hear from a yoga instructor, but stay with me. When I first started taking yoga, it was all about achieving the best pose, pushing myself, and “mastering” yoga. It’s taken me several years, but my yoga journey has taught me that I had it all wrong.
I wanted to be a yoga instructor for years, but always seemed to find an excuse to put it off. I’m so happy that I finally just did it and became an instructor. Yoga has been a balm for my soul through so many different times in my life – it brings me back to my true self and allows me the space to be creative and open to new adventure.
The M. Power foundation that resonates the most with me is Meaningful Connections. Connecting with people is something I aspire to do every day; in doing so aids me in learning more about others but ultimately learning more about myself. The connections you make with others can sometimes bring a whole new experience to your life. New connections can aid you in your personal journey, the journey to Self. Continue reading »
Right leg: Lay down on your left side. Bring your left hand under your left ear to rest the weight of your head, OR lay your left arm flat to the mat and your head may rest on your left arm. Bring both legs up into a chair position on the mat. Make sure your shoulders stack over your hips, and your hips are in line with both knees. Bring your right hand to the mat in front of your chest to use as leverage once the exercise begins. Keep your knees in line, as you draw your right leg (top leg) straight (knee over knee). Rotate this foot so your toes point down towards the floor and your heel rotates up towards the ceiling. Keep this foot flexed.
Exercises in this pose: isometric holds, pulses, point the toe and draw circles in both directions.
· I always knew I’d eventually find my way into the health/fitness industry. From my childhood through my adolescent years, I was dancing, cheering, swimming, or playing lacrosse. I was always sharing the best new workout fads with friends and family and from an early age I always knew I had a passion to teach. The past 5 years I have actively practiced yoga to increase my strength, stability and balance. After years of playing high impact sports, such as lacrosse, I find that both yoga and barre are still challenging but much kinder to my body. Continue reading »
M•Power is now partnered with Perkville to reward you for doing what you love! You could now earn $1 for every class you take and $5 for every friend you refer to M•Power that takes class. Here’s how classes and referrals will get you cash rewards to spend at M•Power:
After years of not truly knowing what I wanted to do with my life, and working in a job that was good but not what I loved day in and day out; I reflected on what really made me happy, and that is yoga. With a background in non-profit, helping people was very important to me and being a Yoga instructor melds together my passions of physical and mental wellness with the ability to make a difference in the lives of others.
When I look back over the past 5 years of my yoga journey, Moxie is the M.Power foundation that stands out the most to me.
I stepped onto my mat for the first time back in 2012, not knowing what to expect and a little nervous. I had no idea the journey I was about to embark upon. All I knew was after my first class, I had never felt so relaxed in my life and I needed to continue learning more. Continue reading »
What led you to become a Barre Instructor: I’ve always had a passion for group fitness classes, especially HIIT Burn and TABATA classes. When I got my cert in Barre I thought it would be great to incorporate my ACE personal training experience and group fitness classes with BARRE. One day I just walked into M POWER studio and asked the Owner Jason Herd for a chance! He set me up for a demo with the manager Michelle and here I am! I love teaching Barre at M Power because they allow us to have creativity with each class we teach. Most studios make you follow a choreograph for months, but M Power allows each instructor to bring something different to the table with their classes.
Get grounded. From downward facing dog, drop to your knees. Place your forearms on top of one another to measure the distance of your foundation. Your right fingertips should be touching your left elbow and vice versa. Place your forearms down on the mat. Press your palms down onto the mat. Curl your toes under and lift your hips to the ceiling. Feel your weight here. Press down with your forearms and engage your arm muscles. Continue reading »
First and foremost, a love of yoga. I immediately loved the way yoga made me feel. Empowered, beautiful, confident, connected. There is nothing else like it. After developing a consistent practice it didn’t take long for me to want to teach. I just wanted to dive deeper into the waters of yoga. I wanted to know more about it and share how yoga made me feel with other people. Continue reading »
Why? I spend most of my day in pursuit of the answer to this question. Innate curiosity urges me to question and analyze everything. I want to know why people behave the way they do and then my brain wants to dissect it to find patterns. It might seem contradictory to the way of yoga. Yoga is a discipline that asks us to clear our minds and be present for our experience. Many times with the worthy goal of calming the fluctuations of the mind, I have tried to deny that persistent questioning and analysis. I have tried to plug up the channels in my mind that lead me to always ask, why. For me, this leads to failure, insecurity, and yet another why question: why can’t I just let things be?
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 »
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 »
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 »
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. Continue reading »
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 »
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.
Wherever 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.
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.
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.
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 »
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more info or inquire after class with your 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.
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 »
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).
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.
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 »
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 »
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.
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.
We want you to get the most out of your experience at M•Power. Find your Moxie and take our 7 Class Challenge. Complete the 7 classes below during your 30 days for $30 offer and receive your first month of membership at a special discounted rate of $39!*
– 2 Power Yoga (M1, M1.5, or M2)
– 2 Barre (Classic, Cardio, Pilates, or HIIT)
– 2 of any Mend, Power Yin, or Meditation
– 1 Melt