Power Yoga in the Savannah Area
Moving to a new city means you must find your new everything- new healthcare providers, new grocery store, new stylists, new coffee shop and fitness facilities. One of the nice perks associated with exploring a different community are the offers available to new clients – particularly when it comes to finding a space for physical activity. I recently opted into an unlimited monthly pass at Savannah Power Yoga on Wilmington Island, so I thought I’d share my experience.
Let’s talk about the intro deal, with inflation on the rise budgetary concerns can absolutely sway health-related decisions. When I signed up, they had offered a 1 mos. unlimited class special to new students for $44. To put this in perspective, a single drop-in class runs $22- so I was determined to get my money’s worth. Sometimes a pay-to-play mentality helps get me to classes I may not have intended on attending.
Next up is style. Savannah Power Yoga studio is Georgia’s first Baptiste yoga-affiliated studio – a style that originated in the 1940s by a father and son duo (Walt and Baron Babtisite). According to their website Babtiste yoga is “a potent physical yoga practice, meditation practice and active self-inquiry [that] are used as tools of transformation – encouraging participants to reclaim their full potential, discover creativity, awaken passion, and create authenticity, confidence and new possibilities in a heated room.” The heated rooms are just that- heated to temperatures 94+ degrees F, and the heat radiates evenly from the ceiling above – warming muscle fibers as you work your way through the movement series.
You will be dripping sweat (which is absolutely a form of detoxification), so come with a towel and extra water. A few classes deep and you’ll start to understand the flow as each class hits defined elements (albeit from varied approaches). If you do explore hot room yoga be sure to start hydrating 24 hours in advance and replenish fluids and electrolytes post-session. If a hot room or power classes aren’t quite your speed- don’t worry they have nonheated classes and more meditative/restorative options to fit your needs, these are known as SPRY classes- I did not have the opportunity to try one during my trial; however, what I did experience was a bit of joy and laughter even in the most complicated postures as the instructors we’re quick to alleviate the tension on our faces during hard physical pushes. The space itself is warm and welcoming- even after getting stuck in traffic and a torrential downpour typical of Savannah summers. I was greeted by name by the front desk staff (and instructors). They have clean shower and bathroom facilities, cubbies for your personal belongings and a complimentary reverse osmosis water fill station. Employees clearly have high standards and protocol for sanitation- as equipment and the floors were dry mopped and disinfected after each class. For added safety measures, I understand they installed the same bi-polar ionization filtration systems as hospitals in their HVAC system. If you are still apprehensive to attend a live class – you can also join virtually via zoom, which many participants took advantage of.
Participants ranged in age and ability – but there was never an air of judgment or intimidation, rather it felt very communal in nature. If your get the opportunity to visit one of their studios, I highly recommend you do so. As a dietitian, my clients often have activity and stress management goals, and yoga checks both of those boxes. Feel free to reach out if you would like to personalize your nutrition plan to help support this amazing journey of physical and mental awareness. I’ll see you on the mat, namaste.
MS RDN, Co-Founder Georgia Offices
Sondra is a Licensed and Registered Dietitian with a Masters degree in Nutrition from Brooklyn College. She is experienced in individual and group counseling for all age groups, community nutrition, and culinary education. READ MORE..