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Finding My Meaningful Connections

 

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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.
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Posture Clinic with Sally Kowalczyk: Gluteus medius exercise, aka, The Jane Fonda

 

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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.

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Get to know Sally Kowalczyk!

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What led you to become a Yoga instructor?
·         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.
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It Pays to Practice

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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:

Classes Reward Referrals Reward
10 $10 2 $10
18 $20 4 $20
40 $50 8 $50
70 $100 14 $100

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Posture Clinic with Ali Blais: Mermaid Pose

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Set sail for Mermaid Pose, on a journey that will open your hips as it lengthens your back into a gorgeous arch.

 

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  • Press your heels to the mat
  • Ground down through your knuckles
  • Point all 10 fingers toward the front of the mat
  • Turn the eyes of your elbows forward
  • Bring your ears in line with your biceps
  • Shine the upper part of your chest forward
  • Relax your Shoulders down your back

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Get to know Ali Blais!

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What led you to become a Yoga instructor?

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.

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Finding my inner Moxie

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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 »

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Get to know Stacey Dorsey!

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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.

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Posture Clinic: Forearm Stand (Pincha Mayurasana)

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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 »

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Get to know Becca Larson!

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What led you to become a yoga instructor?

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 »

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Making a difference – Just as you are.

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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?

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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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Posture Clinic: Revolved Triangle (Parivrtta Trikonasana)

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Posture Clinic: Revolved Triangle (Parivrtta Trikonasana)
Revolved triangle is a great way to tone the core/hips, lengthen the spine, and improve digestion.  If you have any hip or back issues work slowly and mindfully, being sure not to over exert yourself.

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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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