CorePower Yoga: Get Your First Week Free!
By Kimberly Grabiec
CorePower Yoga’s first free week tends to lure customers into its eventual $159 per month Black Tag Membership. Read on to see if CorePower could be worth it for you.
CorePower Yoga is the perfect place to challenge both your mind and body. Talented instructors lead classes in inclusive environments with calming music. Many people over 18 years old have a difficult time finding fun places where they can play while also increasing strength and flexibility. Yoga can help people achieve the same goals while also respected for people of all ages.
The C1 class is great for beginners. Although CorePower is known for hot yoga, this class is not heated and features mainly beginner poses. This class is great for starting off your first free week, but it is easy to transition to higher level classes with more variety and intensity.
C2 is a hot yoga class held in rooms up to 98 degrees. A towel and water bottle are recommended. Each class is different and often has a moral theme to focus on mentally during the practice. This class is great if you are expecting constant variety and can be enjoyed by all levels of yoga as long as there is some basic prior experience.
C3 is a fun yoga class for advanced yogis. This class is also heated and is typically “workshop” style. C3 usually begins with a practice similar to C2, but ends in inversions such as headstands, handstands and other cool poses. Since this class is for an advanced group, it usually has less members which makes for more one-on-one time with the instructor.
HPF, or Hot Power Fusion, is the hottest class at CorePower at 98-100 degrees. This class demonstrates the same flow every single time, so it is used for perfecting basic poses and aligning the body. Most classes at CorePower have a candlelight option in the evening where classes are led in the dark with only a few glowing candles throughout the room. I recommend taking HPF Candlelight once the original flow becomes boring, because balance is more challenging in the dark. This is a great go-to class where you can always expect a workout and a solid stretch.
Yoga Sculpt is completely different from the classes above. This class is extremely high energy and utilizes weights for exercise. Sculpt is geared to be a workout class and nearly no yoga experience is required. This class is great to participate in one or two times a week to stay in shape.
Finally, there is CoreRestore. This class uses straps and blocks in order to help yogis hold poses for long periods of time. This class is not heated, and the poses are typically very simple and meant to help “restore” the body. In this class, I found that I was really cold, uncomfortable, and bored.
CorePower offers a free week, followed by a discounted $89 for the first month on a Black Tag membership and then finally $159 per month for unlimited yoga. Without the membership, classes are nearly $30 each. The $89 price tag is definitely worth it for those who can go to a class five to seven times a week. The $159 for every following month, though, is controversial among yogis. Avid yogi Madeleine Schoeff, Adv. 908, said, “I am hesitant about paying so much but I know that I could make it worthwhile if I go often. I am considering applying for a specific membership that would allow me to work at CorePower for a discounted membership.” Christina Yoon, Adv. 903, said, “I tried the first free week and cannot imagine paying for a membership. The pressure to go often takes away from the relaxation of the yoga itself.”
In general, I think that everybody should try the first free week. The studio will not ask for a credit card number so there is no catch to signing up. For many people, yoga at CorePower becomes a necessary stress-reliever and workout option, making its prices understandable depending on your schedule’s availability. Outside of that, it requires no effort to back out of the free week.