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Class Action: Ki Power Vinyasa


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Ki Power Vinyasa Yoga
Ki Power Vinyasa at Pure West. That's Fernandez in the white pants (second from left) Photo: ABC News/Ki Power

 

Ki Power Vinyasa

Isauro Fernandez is a sensei of the yoga studio. His Ki Power style is an intense vinyasa flow infused with martial arts. More Michelle Yeoh than Ralph Macchio.

Class is a mix of hard and soft disciplines, the physical and the spiritual, movement and breath—as well as those swooping, satisfying karate arm movements.

You’ll encounter poses like Crouching Tiger, a down-dog with bent knees, a squat, and feet turned out like a frog. And graceful Ki Stances, a Warrior 2 pose during which your arms flow around your body with open palms then land in soft fists.

Many sequences are physically demanding—and some are punctuated by kiais, the loud and cathartic martial-arts barks, as well as long vocal exhalations.

“The class is an opportunity to connect with your ki—your life force and essential energies,” says the founder. Fernandez’s forte? It feels feasible, authentic, and not a bit gimmicky. —Melisse Gelula

Who it’s good for? Bad asses, spiritual seekers, athletic types, fans of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” and boyfriends.

Book it or skip it? Book it!

To learn more, visit www.kipowervinyasa.com or www.pureyoga.com