Things heat up at CorePower Yoga
Laura Frendling and others hold various yoga poses during a hot power fusion session at CorePower Yoga in Hinsdale. | Dan Luedert~Sun-Times Media
CorePower Yoga opened in May at 34 S. Vine St. in Hinsdale (just west of Grant Square shopping center)
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Updated: August 27, 2012 1:46AM
Temperatures in the upper 90s are unbearable for most people, but instructors at CorePower Yoga in Hinsdale relish it.
CorePower Yoga, which opened at 34 S. Vine St., over Memorial Day weekend, has yoga classes with various levels of difficulty, length of time and temperatures.
Beginners in vinyasa yoga practice in a “non-heated” room, studio manager Jessica Sharpe said. The room temperature actually is set at about 85 degrees.
“That for us is non-heated,” Sharpe said.
It may seem so, in comparison with the hot yoga classes when the studio is heated to between 103 and 105 degrees.
“I love the heat,” instructor Kelly Rogala said. “I’ve been in yoga for six or seven years. I found CorePower about a year ago and it changed my practice. It’s the heat and the mix of flow and hot postures, (that is) bikram postures and vinyasa flow,” that she finds effective.
Vinyasa yoga movements are synchronized with inhaling and exhaling. Bikram yoga is the sequence of 26 postures developed by Bikram Choudhury, founder of the Yoga College of India, that works every part of the body to maintain optimum health. Bikram yoga is practiced in rooms usually heated to between 95 and 100 degrees.
At CorePower Yoga, that would be a studio for level 2 students.
CorePower offers people a chance to try out different classes and determine which is the best fit for them for free. People can try a free week of unlimited yoga.
Hinsdale resident Peggy Callahan took advantage of the offer last week.
“I want to loosen up and get in good shape,” Callahan said.
She tried a hot power fusion class, which the studio explains, “combines the meditative and detoxifying qualities of hot yoga with the intensity of power yoga.” Movements are set to music and designed to strengthen the core and upper body.
“The fact that it is so hot makes it easier because you are able to stretch a little more,” Callahan said.
The high temperatures warm the body and cause profuse sweating.
Sharpe, who became a yoga instructor two years ago, said she had danced her whole life. But the hot power fusion classes presented “an added challenge. I love it,” Sharpe said. “You are not as sore afterward.”
She also likes it “because I’m not spending half the class getting warmed up. You can do more postures right off the bat.”
Some yoga classes combine pilates or cardio workouts on stationary bicycles with side-to-side motion that exercises the oblique muscles.
“We have a wide range of classes and they all complement one another,” Sharpe said.
In an hour-long yoga sculpting class, students use hand weights as they do vinyasa yoga.
“It’s a full body workout,” Sharpe said. “It’s a great class to get your summer body back.”