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Published Friday Apr 17, 2020 by Power Life

5 Reasons to Try Power Life Yoga Barre Fitness Now

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Power Life Yoga Barre Fitness. The name truly says it all–Power Life offers a wide range of classes to suit everyone from the first-time yogi to the seasoned athlete. That's why we're excited to go live with them on our IGTV (keep an eye on our Instagram @mindbody for the date)!
 

Here are the top 5 reasons you should tune in to Power Life on our IGTV—and head into their studios as soon as they reopen: 
  

1.     There’s a workout for everybody and every body! 

Power Life is rooted in the principals of power yoga, so you can expect your breath to take center stage. And, let’s be honest, who couldn’t use a reminder to consciously breathe every once in a while? But they have an extensive product offering of 7 different class formats to meet a wide range of fitness goals. Classes vary from power vinyasa, to yin, to yoga sculpt, to F.I.T. (functional interval training), so there’s truly something for everyone. No matter what class you take, you’re sure to leave feeling better about your day than when you started, says student Eric B. 


2.     You’ll work up a sweat and torch calories. 

Heat plays a huge role in Power Life’s identity. The majority of their classes are taught in a heated or semi-heated environment, so no matter which one you take you’ll definitely break a sweat. Of course, there are some class formats that include traditional cardio moves. (Who doesn’t love a few burpees now and then?!) But the heated rooms ensure your heart rate stays elevated even in classes that are less intense. 
 

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3.     You’ll be part of a community.

Starting a new workout routine or shaking up an old one is stressful enough without having to worry about fitting into some sort of exclusive club. Power Life prides itself on putting people first. “From the first time I entered Power Life, I have felt accepted and supported,” says longtime student Matthew R. At Power Life, you’re more than just a body on a mat in a class. You matter. You can always expect a kind smile and a warm welcome every time you step foot into a Power Life studio (did we mention there are 8 between Des Moines, IA and Kansas City, MO?) or tune in virtually. Power Life’s teachers are encouraged to not only know their students by name but to develop real, lasting relationships outside the studio, too. 


4.     You’ll have tons of fun!

Being quiet is so not Power Life’s style! “People are always hanging out before and after class,” says student Michelle P., “the [other students and teachers] are what make every class so much fun!” You can always expect an amazing playlist and plenty of opportunities to interact with both your neighbors and your teacher. 
 

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5.     You’ll leave each class feeling inspired.

“The inspirational teachers make me feel energized and peaceful after every class,” says Amanda L. Power Life prides itself on employing some of the best teachers in the industry. No matter where you are on your fitness journey, you can always count on a sweat session at Power Life to offer a message that is timely, relatable and encouraging. Power Life’s tagline, Find Your Fire, is about a whole lot more than just working up a sweat in their heated studios. They hope the time spent on their mats helps students ignite a spark within that inspires them to reach for their very best lives. 

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Power Life is about making your healthy lifestyle what YOU want it to be. Power Life is, first and foremost, a community of individuals who come together in a space where there is a style of exercise for everybody. We are a place to get healthy in a way that works for you. We are a place to meet goals, a place to meet friends and a place to meet yourself. Founded in 2012 by Adam and Stephanie Geneser and Vincent Nola, Power Life now has 8 studios through the Des Moines, Iowa, and Kansas City, Missouri, areas.
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Published Friday Jul 23, 2021 by Bailey Clark

Why I’m Stoked Surfing Will Debut in the Olympics

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For the first time ever, the globe will be watching surfing take center stage at the 2020 (postponed to July 2021) Olympics. People from all over the world will be appreciating the sport, many for the first time.

This symbolizes the surfing community breaking through centuries of negative stereotypes. Though conditions play a big part in the sport, the biggest hurdle the athletes will have to overcome to see success is mental. The winner will be the one who chooses their waves wisely with their understanding of the conditions and ability to intimidate and therefore overcome components. Meanwhile, they will be challenging themselves to emerge from crashing barrels, fly into the air, and land on the shifting surface gracefully. No big deal. 

You’ve probably heard the invention of a wave pool, which creates the perfect man-made wave. In 2007, Kelly Slater founded his wave company with a passion to build the perfectly rideable wave at his surf ranch. It was debated whether the Olympics should be held in the ocean or on a manufactured wave, with many differing opinions on what would be right. The decision was made, and the event will take place in the sea, at Tsurigasaki Beach in Japan, about 40 miles east of Tokyo, where the rest of the 2021 games will be hosted.

As you watch, take a moment to reflect on the century of effort for this to happen. This initiative can be traced all the way back to the 1912 summer games that took place in Stockholm. Duke Kahanamoku, known as the father of modern surfing, won three gold medals in swimming, and while accepting his medal, he expressed that it was his dream to see surfing be added. To add fuel to the fire, International Surfing Association, recognized as the surfing world's governing authority by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), began lobbying for the inclusion of surfing in the Olympics in 1955.

The magic of surfing

Surfing is a multidimensional sport unlike any other. Nothing compares to paddling out to the serene silence that awaits beyond the breaking waves. Once you get out there, you immediately escape the many annoyances ingrained in everyday life—the constant notifications on your phone and laptop, your back-to-back schedule, answering to other people. You’re no longer on the time that your watch reads, you’re on mother nature’s time. You’re also no longer in control of your surroundings. Now, all you can do is surrender and wait for the next set to come, while trying to position yourself for when it does.

The high from catching the perfect wave is so addicting that surfers would fail on one hundred in a row just to catch that one. After you catch that perfect one, you replay it in your mind for the rest of the day.

A successful session is reliant on so many factors of mother nature—a force way bigger than us. For ideal conditions to exist, a good-sized swell must approach from the right direction, the wind must be flowing offshore, and you have to time your session right with the ebb and flow of the tide.

The sport is always teaching you life lessons. It is humbling, even if you’ve been practicing it for many years. One reason why it takes so long to master is that the conditions are going to be different every time you get out there. You might have caught a million yesterday, but today makes you feel like a kook because you can’t land one decent wave.

The community of people that you become a part of when you surf is special. A shared obsession with the ocean that brings you to dive into the water at dawn to get a session in bonds you quick. When you’re out there, you’ll find yourself interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds. People enjoy sharing the stoke of the sport. When you see someone out there teaching somebody new, you’ll encounter them cheering at the top of their lungs when they catch a good wave, and as you look around, you’ll see smiles all across the lineup. The other day, I caught a long wave in to be met with a cheering crowd of locals who frequent the spot that I do. When I got to shore, a local showed me their secret stash of hot packs to access in case I, or someone else, gets stung by a stingray when they aren’t around.

Being out in the ocean and abiding by her rules gives surfers a deep love and connection to nature. It’s common to see sea animals out there, like dolphins, stingrays, and fish. When you have an encounter, it’s a reminder that we are invading their territory. It sucks when you see trash floating in the water, or on the sand in its route to the water. It’s a sad reminder of the negative impact that humans can have on natural environments. It inspires you to pick up trash and advocate for sustainability so that we, as a collective, can take care of the beauty that we are lucky to have access to.

Tune in to see surfing break into the biggest international sporting event in the world beginning on Saturday, July 24th. 

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About the author
Bailey Clark is a serial optimist whose passion for marketing lies within creating authentic connections to make the world happier and healthier. As a San Diego native, her favorite pastimes are surfing, F45, practicing yoga, meditation, and really any opportunity to soak up the sun.