Pasco studio offers high-energy power yoga workouts
LAND O' LAKES -
For Denice McClure, power yoga was a new subject to study.
After earning a Masters Degree in polymer chemistry and spending more than 20 years working with fiberglass, the 45-year-old Ohio native wanted a change. She traveled around the country and spent more than 500 hours learning from the top yoga instructors. She qualified as a master instructor in the Live, Love and Teach technique, a yoga alliance recognized program.
“Power yoga is a high-energy athletic workout, combining the physical and mental aspects of exercise,” McClure said. “Breathing and movement are linked together. If you are concentrating completely on your exhaling and inhaling, your mind can't go anywhere else.”
After working at a local yoga studio, she opened her own facility last month. Florida Power Yoga is located in the Wilderness Commons Shopping Center, within walking distance of Land O' Lakes High. Already, McClure has 175 students enrolled.
Upon entering the studio, one is greeted with a unique high temperature, low humidity environment that is used to allow the participants more flexibility
“We invested $25,000 in a heating system to keep the room temperature at 90 degrees with 65 percent humidity and constant fresh air circulation,” McClure said. “The heat allows your muscles to stretch and not be as tight as they normally would be.”
The floor of the studio is covered with a one-inch thick mat made of anti-microbial material that does not absorb sweat. Instead, the perspiration beads up and can be wiped off.
McClure's daughter, Christie, a seventh-grader at Pine View Middle School, is also a qualified instructor — the country's youngest master instructor.
“I teach classes three times a week,” the 13-year-old Christie said. “Because of my credentials, the students treat me with the respect of an adult instructor.”
A third staff member, Grissell Carron, is an instructor with 200 hours of training. Carron primarily trains with male bodybuilders and athletes.
One of the students, Trent Weber, 43, of Land O' Lakes, started practicing yoga 15 years ago.
“This is a great experience and environment to work out and to breathe together with everyone in class,” Weber said.
For beginners, Florida Power Yoga offers a five-session program called Friends Starting Together.
“We introduce them to power yoga and teach them breathing techniques,” McClure said. “We make it fun and challenging here. You're going to sweat, loosen your tight muscles and help prevent future injury. Plus, there is a strong social connection of working out with other people.”