What is Power Yoga?
Actually, what we are doing is not yoga. Because of the nature of yoga, it cannot be anything one does - not asanas (poses), meditation, not anything. Yoga is the state of mind or state of being while performing the asana, pratayama, meditation, or any other endeavor.
Now that we have established that we are not doing yoga, what are we doing? We are practicing yoga or our "yoga practice." Power Yoga is a sanctuary we come to - to practice and cultivate yoga - which is the state of unity, balance, and peace, which is everybody's deep seeded goal. It's just that some people believe this peace is going to come with outer (monetary and material) accomplishments. These accomplishments can offer many exciting and pleasant experiences, yet, constant peace and balance through ultimately the only channel, self love, they cannot. When peace and harmony exist through self love, exciting and pleasant experiences are not necessary for fulfillment and contentment, because this state already exists!
Any practice that cultivates self love and unity is a yoga practice, whether it's a religion, an art, an experience, or some practice channeled through one's self or another.
Our Power Yoga class exists as an opportunity to develop our foundation in serenity, acceptance (love). All harmony has to begin inside of us before it can spread all around us. Like a flame starts with internal combustion, then shines light and spreads warmth all around.
As one's internal reality (consciousness) starts to shift, only then will the outer skin begin to shine, the eyes to glisten, and the social fabric of our surroundings heal.
Egotistical gratification, in the form of body shape or material gain, simply facilitates disfunction, because, in both cases, one does not need to be loving and accepting of one's self to succeed. Therefor, love and acceptance of others is unlikely and the environment, in which we live, is perpetuated. (This is not anti-affluence, it is pro- consciousness.)