All our studios are part of the same family so you’ll experience a warm welcome wherever you go. They’re a haven from life’s hustle and bustle, letting you move, relax, connect and bring back some balance.
The mental space and gentle guidance allows you to develop a deeper level of self-awareness and create positive transformation: physically, mentally and emotionally.
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For most of our classes, the studios are heated to 30 degrees to help loosen up your muscles and connective tissue. This helps increase suppleness, joint mobility and flexibility. The heat also promotes sweating: a great way of detoxing and ‘letting go’ through the skin – the largest organ in the human body. At the end of class you’ll feel mentally, spiritually and emotionally cleansed: a great way to balance a busy lifestyle.
It’s also not too hot – we keep our studios at a temperature that makes you feel like you’re practicing on a tropical island, not in an oven! And when it’s hot outside – like in summer – we’ll turn the heat off. The exception is Hot Yoga (only available at North Perth and Myaree studios), where you’ll be taken to your edge at 38-40 degrees.
Some of our classes aren’t heated, so if getting super sweaty isn’t your thing then look out for P.L.A.Y. Vinyasa – Non-Heated.
Different practices can provide different benefits. Your choice of class will depend on a number factors including how your body feels physically, stress, your age, sports, work pressures, your health and your lifestyle. Listen to your body: what does it need today?
Learning to recognise and take responsibility for what you need will help you regain balance physically, mentally and emotionally. Addictive approaches to one style of yoga at the peril of what the body is telling us isn’t healthy. Much like a dogmatic belief in just one style of practice: this is based on the premise that we are all same – which couldn’t be further from the truth.
Power Living was the first studio in Australia to recognise the need for complementary practices, and we encourage our students to listen to what their bodies need that day: P.L.A.Y. Vinyasa – Heated , P.L.A.Y Vinyasa – Non-heated , P.L.A.Y Yin, P.L.A.Y Therapeutics, or Hot Yoga.
Level 1: establishes the foundations for a safe, lifelong practice. Slow enough to understand the basics of alignment and learn modifications, but still a strong class. You’ll also be introduced to some of Power Living’s core philosophical and traditional teachings. Ideal beginners’ yoga or for those wanting to refine their practice.
Level 2: open-level classes have become our ‘norm’. They’re challenging and all levels are welcome, but some experience of yoga is advised as there will be minimal modifications and education. Moving at a steady pace, these classes require a healthy, active body.
Level 3: our advanced level classes are recommended for people with at least three years’ regular practice. Taking you on a journey from start to finish, this advanced level practice will have you pushing boundaries, rocking challenging yoga poses and overcoming limiting beliefs. Sequences are devised to help inspire growth, strength and humility.
You can practice as often as you like, just remember to listen to your body. Some committed students practice 5-6 times per week, however the intensity will vary to suit the needs of their body on the day. Slowing down and listening to your body’s intuition is part of the yoga journey. If you’re cross-training with other sports then 2-3 times a week would likely be of great benefit.
Ujjayi breath is sometimes called ‘the ocean breath’ or ‘oceanic breathing’.
It’s a controlled, diaphragmatic breath that’s achieved by gently tightening the muscles in your throat and breathing in and out through your nose, mouth closed. When you’re doing it correctly, you’ll hear a whispering, ocean-like sound and may feel a slight vibration in the back of your throat. Allow your chest to expand and deflate with each slow inhale and exhale.
We encourage students to breathe this way throughout class. It can be challenging and may take some time to master but helps bring your focus back to the breath when your mind wanders. It’s also an excellent barometer of how hard you’re working: if you’re pushing yourself too hard then you won’t be able to maintain the Ujjayi breath, so lessen the intensity of your practice until you can. Alternatively, if you keep losing focus on the breath, could you up your pace?
Ujjayi breath is a great way to stay connected to your practice, helping anchor you into the present moment. It’s also a great way of building the vital energy in the body and can turn your practice into a yoga meditation.
A bandha is an energetic lock in the body. There are many of them, but in yoga we give importance to three along the central axis of the body: the root lock (mula bandha), the abdomen lock (uddiyana bandha) and the throat lock (jalandhara bandha).
Energetically, working with your bandhas engaged is a great way to improve thoracic breathing and build vital energy within the body.
You may have heard your teacher tell you to, “Lift the pit of your belly towards your spine”. This is ‘mula bandha’ and how we teach students to engage their cores for improved back support and to bring strength into each posture.
Speak to your teacher about how to develop your mula bandha and work on uddiyana and jalandahara bandha too.
We believe philosophy is at the heart of Yoga. Most of us don’t come to Yoga to learn something new but rather to unlearn all the conditioning that has brought us to this place in our life.
Yoga is far more than physical: our teachers’ classroom dialogue comes from their personal evolutions and experiences in yoga. Powerful philosophy can be a great way of encouraging students to take a journey out of their busy minds and deep into the depth of their souls. Quite simply, philosophy is offered as a doorway for our students to access their hearts.
If some of the philosophy doesn’t resonate, you can just let it go and still enjoy the other benefits of the practice.
Heated yoga is not recommended for pregnancy, so we advise you not to attend those classes. As an alternative, why not try P.L.A.Y. Vinyasa – non-heated, P.L.A.Y. Yin (not suitable for at least 3 months after giving birth). However, always check with your doctor in advance and let your teacher know you’re pregnant so they can help you modify poses as necessary.
Although yoga’s generally considered a fairly safe form of exercise, injuries can occur when students don’t take appropriate modifications or try and force their bodies into postures they’re not ready for. This is why it’s so important to honour what your body needs, every time you step on the mat. However, injuries can also be one of our best teachers as they force us to slow down, modify and listen to our bodies.
Here are some tips to prevent injuries:
Muscle Strains: A strain occurs when muscle tissue tears. If a muscle is powerfully contracted or stretched too far, an acute strain occurs. Chronic strains result from excess use over a period of time (with inadequate recovery). Hamstring strains are common in yoga, often occurring at the point where the hamstrings attach to the sitting bones, as a result of overstretching in forward bends. Other common muscle strains involve hip flexors (caused by deep lunges), neck muscles (from unsupported Shoulder Stand, Plough, Deaf Man’s Pose), and lower back muscles (from hyperflexion in standing or seated forward bends).
Tendonitis and Bursitis: These are overuse injuries. Tendonitis is inflammation or irritation of a tendon, and bursitis is inflammation of the bursae. Bursae are protective ‘cushions’, situated between moving structures such as bones, muscles and tendons. They let us move our joints easily, without friction.
Performing long holds in yoga poses such as Downward Facing Dog, Chaturanga and Side Plank without adequate strength or appropriate modifications can cause excess stress on bursae and tendons in the shoulders, elbows and wrists. This may exacerbate carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis or tendonitis in these joints.
Ligaments and Cartilage: Students who are hypermobile, or those who hyperextend or flex their joints without adequate strength, can put additional stress on joint-stabilising ligaments and tendons without realising. This can cause joint inflammation or injury.
Knees, elbows and the spine are common problem areas. Hyperextension of the knee is often seen in straight leg poses such as balancing postures, Triangle Pose, standing and seated forward bends. Elbow hyperextension is often seen in Downward and Upward Facing Dog and Side Plank. Shoulder Stand, Plough, and forward bends place compression forces on the spine. Spinal discs can be damaged if an inappropriate level of spinal joint flexion or forced flexion occurs. Degenerative disease, pinched nerves or fractures can occur when the spine is hyperextended.
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