This potent practice is a complete workout on its own, but it also offers tremendous benefits when combined with other workouts and sports. In addition to physical strength, stamina, and flexibility, the dynamic movements of power yoga challenge you to develop focus, balance, and purpose that extend to life beyond the yoga mat.
Dozens of warm-up, power, peak, and cool-down poses are presented in full color, and adaptations to modify or intensify each pose allow you to customize your practice for maximum effectiveness and safety. Sequences ranging from 5 to 60 minutes—including sport-specific sequences for running, cycling, team sports, and high-intensity activities—offer options that match your goals and lifestyle, and the 28-day plan can be adjusted into a plan that works for you, based on the results you want.
Power Yoga: Strength, Sweat, and Spirit is your vehicle for creating extraordinary physical and spiritual results that you will notice quickly and be able to maintain for a lifetime. Become your most powerful self with power yoga.
CE exam available! For certified professionals, a companion continuing education exam can be completed after reading this book. The Power Yoga Online CE Exam may be purchased separately or as part of the Power Yoga With CE Exam package, which includes both the book and the exam.
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About the Author
Cullis lives and teaches in Austin, Texas. She leads yoga teacher trainings, workshops, and classes at Wanderlust Yoga. She is the creator and leader of Pillars of Power Yoga, Yoga Journal’s award-winning online course. She is a regular contributor to and has been featured on the cover of Yoga Journal.
Cullis is an all-star teacher with DoYouYoga.com, where she has created the Ultimate Guide to Power Yoga program and a free power yoga challenge that has been joined by over 20,000 participants from around the world. She has been featured in Mantra Magazine, ElephantJournal.com, and MindBodyGreen.com. Cullis teaches at conferences and festivals across the country and has presented at prestigious institutions such as the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.
Cullis is a two-time ambassador for lululemon in Austin, Texas, and has represented her community at international conferences and retreats. From 2009 through 2016 she organized the Yoga Garden at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, leading a team of nationally recognized teachers who shared yoga with more than 30,000 participants, as part of a presidential initiative encouraging healthy lifestyles for children and families. Her greatest honor is being a mom.
Table of ContentsIntroduction
Brief History of Yoga
The Eight Limbs of Yoga
How to Use This Book
Chapter 1. The Power of Yoga
What Is Power?
Yoga for Life Today
The Physical Practice
Chapter 2. Mindfulness and Intention
Power of Intention
Right Aim, Right Effort
Chapter 3. Power Principles
Chapter 4. Warm-Up Poses and Practices
Chapter 5. Power Poses and Sequences
Chapter 6. Peak Poses and Sequences
Igniting Your Peak
The Mind-Body Connection
Chapter 7. Cool-Down Poses and Practices
Power in Opposites
Chapter 8. Core Strength Poses and Sequences
Chapter 9. Upper Body Strength Sequences
Chapter 10. Lower Body Strength Sequences
Chapter 11. Yoga Within Your Other Workouts
Chapter 12. Your Yoga Plan
What People are Saying About This
"Leah Cullis is a true teacher and healer. I’m grateful for her guidance and her teachings that have stayed with me all these years. Now, in Power Yoga: Strength, Sweat, and Spirit, her expert guidance and wisdom are available to us all."
Partner at C3 Presents
Producer of Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and Austin City Limits Music Festivals
Board Member of Wanderlust
"In a world that is increasingly complex and stressful, Leah Cullis' inspiring new book Power Yoga: Strength, Sweat, and Spirit invites you to listen to your own inner guide. Leah offers step-by-step instructions on yoga and meditation practices for life today. Filled with knowledge that comes from years of practice and teaching, the chapters offer you a yoga practice that is free of perfectionism and looking right—and is filled with how-tos for developing your own competencies, your inner well-being, and an embodied sense of what is possible for you on and off your yoga mat. Read this book and get back to the strength and connection that are in you!"
Catherine Cook-Cottone, PhD, RYT-500
Professor and Researcher at State University of New York at Buffalo
“Leah Cullis is a dynamic and passionate yoga teacher! In her book, Power Yoga: Strength, Sweat, and Spirit, she shines a light on the profound healing that takes place when one is committed to a daily practice. A must-read for teachers and students!”
Founder of Center for Yoga in Detroit
“There is no more honorable role in the world than the role of the teacher. Teachers inspire. They heal. They lead. Much of their work is done quietly and without fanfare. It requires deep love and profound humility. The world is so fortunate that Leah Cullis chose the path she did. She’s put in her 10,000 hours, and now she shares her knowledge, heart, and empathy in Power Yoga: Strength, Sweat, and Spirit.”
Cofounder and Chairman of Wanderlust
CEO of Commune
Author of Wanderlust and Find Your True Fork
"If you're looking for authenticity—a woman, a teacher, and a friend, through her powerful words, who is truly herself and is flawed, beautiful inside and out, and fan-freaking-tastic—look no further. Power Yoga: Strength, Sweat, and Spirit and its author, Leah Cullis, are simply the real deal.”
Founder and CEO of Lyons Den Power Yoga in New York City
“Leah is not only a guiding light for students but for teachers as well. Leah teaches from the heart with thoughtfulness and clear intention. She possesses the unique ability to take anyone she is leading to a higher level physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Those who are seeking to develop strength, focus, balance, and purpose in yoga, as well as all areas of life, will find this book, Power Yoga: Strength, Sweat, and Spirit, to be a must-have.”
Intuitive Healer and Spiritual Teacher
"I have known Leah Cullis, an inspirational human and yoga teacher, for many years. Power Yoga: Sweat, Strength, and Spirit is full of insight from her years of dedicated practice and understanding of the yoga pathway, from the physical experience of yoga and asana to the spiritual component that is so essential in today’s world. Cullis sheds a new light on how to embody the practice and apply its teachings to life in the modern world."
Fit for Life Columnist for The Seattle Times
Author of Yoga for Hikers and Yoga for Climbers
Board President of Yoga Behind Bars
“I am constantly inspired by the heart, clarity, and depth of knowledge Leah consistently brings to her students and her life as a whole. Full of inspiration, practical wisdom, and teachings rooted in years of experience and personal application, Power Yoga: Strength, Sweat, and Spirit will serve both inquisitive students and aspiring teachers as an approachable guide. A true teacher of teachers, Leah’s language is essential, her knowledge is palpable, and her teachings are both elevated and accessible.”
Yoga and Meditation Teacher