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July 16, 2018

Handstand: Everything in Moderation

By: Michael Simpson

Handstand: Everything in Moderation Ah yes… the elusive handstand. Instagram’s most prized yoga pose, adho mukha vrksasana, is also one of the more challenging postures to do. Unless you practice handstands a zillion times per day (you probably shouldn’t), it can take you years to learn this yoga pose. Our culture is kind of obsessed […]

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June 21, 2018

Summer Solstice: A Call to Lighten Up

By: Michael Simpson

Summer Solstice: A Call to Lighten Up Ah…it’s finally here: the summer solstice. The longest day of the year and shortest night, the day when the entire northern hemisphere finally lightens up. With the summer solstice comes light, warmth and joy, but also a little chaos. It seems that when the kids are out of […]

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June 11, 2018

5 Tips to Rock Your Boat Pose

By: Michael Simpson

Do boat pose to strengthen your hip flexors Boat pose, or paripurna navasana, is an oldie but goodie when you want to strengthen your core. It simultaneously works your hip flexors, abdominals and adductor muscles. But it seems many people misunderstand the nature of boat pose. Sure, your abdominal muscles will support you in the pose. […]

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June 4, 2018

5 Reasons You Need to Get on the Gorge

By: Michael Simpson

5 Reasons You Need to Get on the Gorge Oxford Dictionary defines the word gorge as “a narrow valley between hills or mountains, typically with steep rocky walls and a stream running through it.” But to me and many others, gorge has become synonymous with tradition. Every summer for the past three years, my friends […]

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April 2, 2018

Feeling Down on Your Luck? Try These Five Tips

By: Michael Simpson

Feeling Down on Your Luck? Try These Five Tips Luck is the random occurrence of good or bad fortune. A quick Google search of the word “luck” will reveal many bloggers who believe luck is an important factor in one’s success. But what happens when your luck inevitably runs out? Whether you’ve hit a rough […]

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March 22, 2018

Make Your Own Luck in Half Moon Pose

By: Michael Simpson

March Pose of the Month: Half Moon Balancing poses like ardha chandrasana (Half Moon pose) teach us how to make our own luck. The first zillion times we practice Half Moon, our chances of steadily holding the pose are akin to rolling dice. Sometimes we get lucky and nail it, but a lot of times […]

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March 17, 2018

How Jerry LePore Makes His Own Luck

By: Michael Simpson

How PFY Founder and CEO Jerry LePore Makes His Own Luck As I look back on my path to yoga, as first a practitioner and later a studio owner, I realize one might think I’ve gotten lucky. But my story reveals a combination of working hard, taking risks, putting myself out there and having a […]

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March 7, 2018

Snowga to Keep Your Shoulders—and Yourself—Happy

By: Michael Simpson

Snowga to Keep Your Shoulders—and Yourself—Happy Ah… classic March. They say it goes in like a lion and out like a lamb. When the snow falls heavily, we’re forced inside: a rare opportunity to kick back, relax and reconnect with our family. It’s all fun and games until three hours goes by and you’re at […]

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February 28, 2018

Love is a Two-Way Street by Matthew Dwyer

By: Michael Simpson

 Open up to let love in As yogis, we love to love. At least I do these days. When I walk into a classroom, I ask myself, “How can I love everyone?” And then it’s game on. Love starts to come naturally. When we begin to deepen our practice of yoga, we can move into […]

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February 18, 2018

Hot Powerflow Fusion: Michael Simpson’s Incredible Survival Story

By: Michael Simpson

When my boss told me to review a Hot Powerflow Fusion class in my next blog post, I reluctantly said, “k.” Don’t judge me, but I’m a bit of a snob. I do only yoga (at Powerflow Yoga, of course), and my hatred for other fitness classes burns with the heat of a thousand hot […]

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February 8, 2018

5 Tips to Make You the Next Lady or Lord of the Dance

By: Michael Simpson

Shiva, the cosmic dancer In Hindu mythology, Shiva is the god of transformation and the destroyer of evil. He has many names and takes on myriad different appearances; as Nataraja, he is the Lord of the Dance. Nataraja’s dance is called the Tandavam, which represents the cosmic foxtrot of creation and destruction and the natural […]

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December 31, 2017

5 Reasons to Take Savasana Instead of a Shot This New Year’s Eve

By: Michael Simpson

As 2017 swiftly comes to an end, the streets are buzzing with excitement for New Year’s Eve. Everywhere you go, you can hear people discussing upcoming parties, dinner plans and other traditions. New Year’s Eve can be a really fun party—time well-spent with family and friends. But it is also an evening of promises, intentions […]

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December 19, 2017

5 Tips to Improve Your Headstand Practice

By: Michael Simpson

Headstand is the king of all yoga poses. When done skillfully, Headstand is a transformative yoga posture that will help you view your environment from a completely different perspective. As you increase blood flow back to your brain, you will not only strengthen your entire body, but you will calm your nervous system. Headstand is […]

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December 7, 2017

4 Reasons You Should Go to Peru in 2018

By: Michael Simpson

If Heaven really is a place on Earth, it’s called Peru. Otherwise known as the Kingdom of the Sun, Peru is one of South America’s most sacred locations. From the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu citadel to the breathtaking Sacred Valley, Peru offers an experience for everyone. Upon arrival, you can enjoy invigorating hikes through the Andes […]

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November 7, 2017

5 Reasons Inversions are Awesome

By: Michael Simpson

Inversions are the roller coasters of yoga—you love them, or you hate them. Here at Powerflow Yoga, we live for them. Inversions are awesome. Going upside down is an exhilarating way to make your body stronger while you calm your mind. But a lot of people get frustrated by Handstand, Forearm Stand and others. Our […]

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October 31, 2017

5 Reasons You Should Be Proud of Your 21 in 31 Efforts

By: Michael Simpson

You should be so proud of yourselves. It’s hard to stick to something, especially a month-long hot yoga challenge, but you did it. You showed up even when your schedule was too busy, your muscles were sore and your mind was tired. Doing all of that extra laundry—we mean power vinyasa yoga—is no easy feat. […]

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October 23, 2017

5 Tips for Getting Rest During 21 in 31

By: Michael Simpson

Do you feel it yet? Man, 21 in 31 can be tough! By now, some people are starting to get fatigued from doing extra yoga. If you are a bit sore and a lot sleepy, it’s completely normal. Many of us–your teachers and PFY staff–are doing it right along with you! We totally get it. […]

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October 16, 2017

5 Things to Eat and Drink During 21 in 31

By: Michael Simpson

Stay healthy during Powerflow Yoga’s 21 in 31 yoga challenge Wow. You’re already two weeks into PFY’s 21 in 31 yoga challenge. We’re blown away by your efforts. Everyone looks so strong, dedicated and, well, sweaty. October has been a really fun month so far, don’t you think? You can feel those good vibrations buzzing […]

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October 9, 2017

21 in 31: 5 Tips for Feeling Great During 21 in 31

By: Michael Simpson

21 in 31: 5 Tips for Feeling Great During 21 in 31 Congratulations! You’ve already put stickers on one week of your 21 in 31 calendar. But honestly, the first week is the easiest. You’re still motivated and your body probably doesn’t feel that sore yet. As you head into week two, however, you may […]

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September 15, 2017

4 Reasons You Should Take 21 Classes in 31 days

By: Michael Simpson

We’re challenging you to take 21 hot yoga classes in 31 days Have you heard about our upcoming 21 in 31 Challenge in October? We decided to shake things up because, well, 20 in 30 was becoming so been there, done that. Powerflow Yoga’s 21 in 31 is president and teacher Alison McCue’s signature hot yoga […]

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August 30, 2017

Do something good for yourself. Apply for the Fall 2017 200 Hour Teacher Training Scholarship.

By: Michael Simpson

We think you should apply for the 200 Hour: Find Your Power Teacher Training that starts this Fall. Beginning a 200 hour yoga teacher training is a huge undertaking. But we think you’re up for the challenge. Take your first leap of faith and apply for our 200 Hour Teacher Training Scholarship. We are so […]

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March 14, 2017

Snowga: 7 Poses to Practice at Home Today

By: Michael Simpson

As a kid, there are few things better than a snow day. But then you grow up, start practicing yoga and realize that snow can be a lot of work. We hope you didn’t have to shovel too much. Here’s a mini slow and cozy snowga flow since we had to cancel classes. It will help […]

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February 20, 2017

5 Tips Help You Get into Anjanayasana Pose

By: Michael Simpson

February Pose of the Month: Anjanayasana Crescent Moon Pose, or anjanayasana, is a gentle but juicy stretch that lengthens your hip flexors and quadriceps. You can even add a bit of a backbend if you’d like to stretch the muscles in your chest. Powerflow picked this pose for February because it activates Muladhara, the root chakra. Located […]

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November 29, 2016

Why We’ve Been Doing Skandasana A Lot This Month

By: Michael Simpson

It’s no secret that the stress of the holiday season sometimes enables a person’s temper, which is exactly why we picked skandasana–God of War Pose–as November’s Pose of the Month. You’ve certainly come across some of these side lunges in a Powerflow Yoga class or two. Skandasana is a great stretch for your adductors and […]

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October 21, 2016

PFY Founder Jerry LePore: #IAMPFY

By: Michael Simpson

You may have seen the #IAMPFY posters around our 10 studios this month and on our website. We created #IAMPFY because our biggest hope is that students will be proud of who they are and of their accomplishments. So much of who we are and who we can become shows up on our yoga mats […]

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