Empty Yoga Studio

It’s becoming apparent that no one wants to do hot yoga in Seattle when it’s warm and sunny outside. I didn’t expect many people to be in tonight’s Hot Power Fusion class. Turns out, there were only three of us taking the class, four if you include the teacher.

Tonight’s Hot Power Fusion class was interesting and unlike any HPF class I’ve taken before. It seemed to be a slightly different version of the Hot Power Fusion sequence, with a few modifications along the way. I couldn’t tell if the teacher was new and forgot some of the postures or just had his own version of Hot Power Fusion that he liked to teach. It was pretty confusing and at times, hard to follow along, but I did my best. The first thing I noticed different about this class was that the teacher didn’t give an option to opt out of hands-on assists.

Secondly, we were cued to do Standing Bow pose twice. There was no flow from Standing Forehead to Knee to Standing Bow Pulling pose. Instead, we did one round of Standing Forehead to Knee and then two full rounds of Standing Bow pose. Maybe the teacher was putting a Bikram spin on the sequence? In a Bikram class, these two postures are done separately without any flow from one into the other. In the Hot Power Fusion sequence, these two postures first flow into one another. Then Standing Bow pose is done after the flow on it’s own for another round.

During the Core portion of class, I just couldn’t get into any of the exercises, mainly because of the music. Normally in a Hot Power Fusion class, the teacher will change up the music during the Core portion to something upbeat and energetic. I did all of the Core work as it was cued, but no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t get into it. The music playing in the background wasn’t energetic at all. It sounded like chanting of some sort.

We skipped over Frog and Crow before going straight into Half Pigeon on both sides.

Things really got interesting when we hit the floor. We started off the Spine Strengthening Series with Cobra. When we got to the next posture, Locust, we were cued into the posture a different way than I’ve ever done this posture. Instead of placing both palms on the mat and then sliding them underneath our bodies, we were cued to interlace our fingers behind our back and lift our chest and legs together. We skipped over Full Locust and went straight into Bow pose. From there, it seemed like the teacher skipped over a lot of the postures in the sequence – Fixed Firm, Downward Dog, Half Tortoise and Rabbit. We did do Camel though, but my body didn’t feel ready for it because my mind was so focused on how out of sequence we were with the postures we’d been cued to do in class.

The teacher managed to lead us through all of the bonus round postures. I enjoyed this part of class because bonus round postures aren’t cued in most Hot Power Fusion classes. It was nice to be able to include these postures in my practice today.

At the end of class, we were cued into final Savasana. Instead of cueing us out of Savasana and having us sit up on our mats, the teacher ended class abruptly by announcing class was over, but we were free to stay in Savasana for as long as we liked. That felt really strange.

I couldn’t quite figure it out. Was this teacher new to teaching Hot Power Fusion and just nervous? Or did he really have his own spin on teaching the Hot Power Fusion? Or maybe he was running low on time and had to skip over a few postures just so we could end class on time? Whatever it was, this was the most interesting Hot Power Fusion class I’ve taken at CorePower so far.

Class #37, Hot Power Fusion with Cole at CorePower Yoga Greenwood (HPF-20)

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