Spira Studio temperature and accommodations:
We are not hot yoga, we are warm yoga. Studio is heated to an ideal 90° F. The flooring is a soft, biodegradable, antimicrobial vinyl with a 7mm foam underlayment for your joint comfort.
We have two restrooms and a comfortable changing area with cubbies for your convenience. We have one shower, not luxurious but gets the job done. Free tea will be offered for sipping at the end of class. A beautiful lounge area is available for you to relax in, linger after class and read, or catch up with good friends.
We take pride in our cleanliness. What do you get when the owner of a yoga studio used to work in a biology laboratory? An obsessively clean studio! We do our best to protect the environment. We offer single use cloth towels in the bathrooms to cut down paper waste. We don’t sell bottled water, but offer a drinking station to cut plastic waste. But we believe in the power of bleach. Green biodegradable cleaners are great for your home. But when it comes to public bathrooms and yoga studio floor we want to make sure no bacteria survives till the next day. We promise to bleach daily all floors, bathrooms and all doorknobs! We even spot clean the floors between every class with light bleach water, sure it may be little moist when you first step in, but it is clean!!!
Spira Power Yoga™ Philosophy:
Often, we are much too hard on our own bodies and we judge our capabilities by what we see others doing or achieving. Our minds can be our worst enemy. Our goal at Spira Power Yoga is not only to get you into a healthy body, but also to strengthen your body and mind with joy, compassion, and peace!
We take our physical postures from the Ashtanga yoga tradition, where the poses are not held for long periods of time. We flow from pose to pose, pausing yes, but for only 5 breaths. It is a rigorous athletic practice that includes breath and mind awareness. We think you’ll get hooked on our community, and you may leave you gym membership once you find out how strong Spira Power Yoga can make you feel!
Spira Power Yoga’s unique blends of traditions creates a unique yoga community. We take our yoga seriously but you may find lot of chatter and laughter in between classes. Our yoga retreats have amazing yoga, as well as delicious food and fun activities such as hiking and outdoor cooking. Yes, we do have our serious moments when we meditate, practice yoga and learn about a balanced nutrition. But self reflective work has to be balanced with a supportive community and joy in our life.
The Spira Power Yoga™ Methodology:
Spira Power Yoga is an inquiry-based, multi-disciplinary practice that emphasizes curiosity and investigation. Spira uses the M3B (Mindful Movement Meditation and Breathing) technique developed by Dora Gyarmati.
This highly accessible, but challenging, flowing form of yoga will sculpt and tone the muscles of your body and mind. The yoga studio is heated a comfortable 88-90 degrees (body temperature); this allows a good sweat, but it is not so hot that you cannot work hard.
Spira Power Yoga teaches conscious deep diaphragmatic breathing that has been shown in multiple scientific studies to lower blood pressure, stress and improve concentration.
The movements are based on yoga poses that have been modified and corrected to fit current safe alignments guides by sports professionals and physical therapists. All poses from yoga and gymnastics have been altered to fit ‘healthy range of motion’. We do not teach poses that are in the range of over-flexibility and hyper-flexibility. We teach forward extension of the torso with the utilization of gluteal and core muscles to create strength and vitality for the spine. Spira Power Yoga’s goal is to balance flexibility with strength and to allow the smaller stabilizing muscles to gain strength. Stabilizing muscles are responsible for balance and joint stability thus making this form of exercise really beneficial against aging. The class is structured in such way as to provide for active warm-up of muscles as recommended by physical therapists, Spira Power Yoga only uses active stretching after warm-up, never passive stretching without the engagement of antagonistic muscle groups. Spira Power Yoga always starts class with a motion-rich warm-up.
At Spira the teacher’s job is to remind the students to keep the mind (thinking) focused on the breath and on the actual movement. There is a difference between simply following someone’s direction vs. feeling every movement that the body creates. The teacher’s job is to keep the student’s mind focused on the feeling associated with the movement, he or she is not allowed to simply call poses and demonstrate. The teacher’s job is to guide not just the exercise but also the breath and the feeling associated with breathing and moving. The mind has to focus not just doing, but perceiving and feeling the perfect alignment of the exercise. Conscious focusing on the movement with conscious feeling associations encourages plasticity in the brain, it is the key element to improving focus and alleviating stress.
Meditation is a state when the mind is able to release aggravating sensations caused by repetitive thoughts such as worry. During teaching Spira Power Yoga teachers are required to teach poses with proper alignment, call attention to focus the mind on diaphragmatic breathing as well as mindful feeling associated movement. Teachers are encouraged to use poetry, literature and inspirational quotes from all traditions (east, west, Africa, South America…ALL traditions) to enrich the exercise with creative, intellectual dimension.
The combination of mindful movement with breathing and conscious sensation processing occupies the mind to such degree that all other thoughts are temporally pause. At this state, though the practitioner is exercising and physically working really hard, his or her mind is more relaxed and calm.
Teachers of Spira Power Yoga™ need to have certification from Dora Gyarmati and the school of Spira Power Yoga to be able to teach Spira Power Yoga™ and M3B™ methodology.