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10/26/2017

The Traveling Yogi: Charleston Power Yoga

Goooooood Morning, Yogis!


Whew, what a week it has been! Between traveling to Charleston, South Carolina for work, to finding out I'll be teaching a class at Black Swan Yoga Houston (Kirby location, 3:00 pm on Saturdays, starting THIS WEEK!!), to fighting a cold, to the Astros going to the World Series, I'm on high emotion-overload here. But these are all good things - Even the cold, which has forced me to slow down and take care of myself in the midst of everything (at least that's what I keep repeating over and over to myself, namaste).

I had a lot going on in Charleston (which, if you've never been to the charming city, GO), and I was able to sneak away one morning for a yoga class at Charleston Power Yoga.


And like everything else in the city, the yoga studio was incredibly charming. Housed in what appears to be a historic building, the space is intimate, cozy, and inviting. That morning, I took a Power 60 class, taught by Beth, one of the studio's co-creators.


I arrived early to work on my splits (I'M ALMOST THERE, Y'ALL), and Beth introduced herself to me. I told her I was from Houston, and she asked if I had ever been to YogaOne or Big Power Yoga. Why yes, I have, many times - What a small yoga world this is!

The actual studio is a long room, painted with soothing colors, and enough space for two rows of mats facing tall, beautiful, framed mirrors. The class I took was a Baptiste-inspired Vinyasa Flow - So if you've ever taken a class at Big Power Yoga (or anywhere else that teaches in the Baptiste style), you'll know that the heated class was intense, sweaty, and POWERFUL. Combined with Beth's super approachable and humorous personality (which, lordy, I needed during those long Warrior 1 holds...that pose is nothing short of my arch nemesis, just bein' real, y'all), the class left me feeling refreshed and empowered! Oh and added bonuses? Another yogi from the studio walked around the room and provided hands-on assists throughout the class, AND we received a cold lavender towel to put over our eyes (or wherever needed cooling!) during savasana....Heaven!

If you're traveling to Charleston anytime soon, and you want to get your asana on, Charleston Power Yoga is a great option for a complete mental, spiritual, and physical practice!


The Skinny

  • Class Type: Power 60 - Baptiste Inspired
  • Cost: $20 for drop-in ($2 for mat rental)
  • Heated? Yes
  • Mirrors? Yes
  • Music? Yes
  • Level: All levels
  • Location: On Charleston's popular King Street
  • This class will make you feel... Sweaty, empowered, strong, grounded
xo, and namaste! - Kim
10/18/2017

Introductions!

Well hello there, friends!


My name is Kim, and as the title of this blog suggests, I love chips and yoga!

*sidenote: alternate blog titles that ended up on the cutting room floor were as follows:

- Wine & Yoga (already taken)
- I Love Chin Stands (kind of mean to the other poses, don't you think?)
- KP Yogi (snooze fest)
- Popcorn & Yoga (I love chips more)
- 80s Dance Party (....I might be renaming it to this...stay tuned)

**second side note: When reversing your warrior, as shown above, make sure that your back foot is perpendicular to your front foot, toes pointed more in, thanks!

So yes, my name name is Kim, and I live and breathe yoga (and sometimes chips). I am an RYT-200 hour Yoga Alliance certified instructor based in Houston, Texas. I received my certification from the awesome Black Swan Yoga Houston. I live with my awesome partner-in-crime husband Jon, and our two maniac wonderful dogs, Newton and Baxter.


(I'm not choking Newton in that photo, he was falling off the bench I swear. And just look at Baxter throwing such shade, these are joys of my heart, y'all.)

I eat a vegan diet at home (when I'm not hungover and in need of mac and cheese, IT HAPPENS), and I am vegetarian while eating out. I plan to do a whole post on this because, a) I LOVE food, and b) people always have a lot of questions about my diet. The Cliff Notes version is, I started a plant-based diet in 2014 as an effort to practice ahimsa (nonviolence), and then after trying it a for a bit, I found out that physically I felt AMAZING. So....animals, plus feeling really frackin' good, I dig it! And while it may seem contradictory, I voluntarily cook meat for my husband all the time, so this is a 100% judgment-free zone y'all! But more on all of that later. :)

Speaking of cooking, I LOVE to cook, and of course, eat. I am transitioning to this blog from a four year stint with a super fun food blog that was my total pride and joy. Also, I'm a book nerd, I will choose outside seating over inside 99% of the time (even in August in Houston at 2:00 pm, those of you from here know what kind of 7th circle of hell that is), I adore traveling, I'm a big fan of baseball (Go Astros!), If I hear "Africa" by Toto I totally lose my mind, and I love love LOVE the people in my life!

From this blog you can expect some of my rambling yogic thoughts on life, meditation techniques, asana (the physical practice of yoga) pose breakdowns, plant based recipes, vegetarian restaurant reviews, travel posts, and much more!

From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for stopping by. I look forward to connecting with you through this little blog, and I am excited to dive on in!

Namaste.

*Photos: Gabby Marsh Photography and my sister Emily. :)