What to Expect: Your Guide to Higherpowernola Classes



Cycle

Our cycle classes at higherpower are unlike any other cycle experience. As class begins, the lights are turned down low, and the music is cranked up. The cycle room becomes a new world as the instructors remove you from any other outside distractions. The cycle room is lit with neon lights and equipped with monitors displaying every individual's energy, rpm, power, rank and bike number. The cycle class at higherpowernola is the best indoor cycling in New Orleans. You will work on time trials, jumps, tap-backs, climbs, and sprints throughout class. Higherpower instructors turn the class into a whole new experience for even the most practiced riders. Classes end with a cool down and stretch leaving you with your new found high. Expect to need a water bottle, because you will sweat like you've never sweat before. Higherpower has towels and shoes available.


Yoga

at higherpower may be a different yoga experience than what your may be used to  in our yoga classes, Higherpower incorporates strength exercises to help you tone every muscle in the body; all the while increasing your balance, flexibly, and mindfulness. Our yoga classes take place in our heated studio, where distractions are left behind. We don't teach Bikram yoga, but our yoga studio does tend to be around 85-90 degrees.  If you sign up for our YAThletic class, your heart will be pumping, and you will face a more vigorous strength yoga flow. If you are not looking for a challenge, you can relax and rejuvenate in our our candlelit yin yoga class or beginner yoga class. Don't be afraid to challenge yourself, because our power yoga classes combine strength and relaxation in perfect balance. Be sure to bring a mat and water bottle, but don't worry if you forget it/don't own one. Higherpower has mats and water available to borrow or purchase.


TRX

If you are looking to sweat and get your ass kicked with a strength and cardio combo, then TRX E.P.I.C. will do the trick. Our  TRX E.P.I.C. class takes place in our yoga studio and features body-weight and dumbbell strength exercises, in addition to, some short intense cardio blasts. In this class, you move from your mat to the TRX bands which will keep you focused and cause some serious sweating. Don't understand TRX?--- TRX bands (with foot-loops and handles) hang from the ceiling, and allow you to perform almost any strength or cardio workout. You will be holding onto the straps at an angle, using your sheer body weight as a challenge. Our TRX E.P.I.C class is badass and even beginners fall in love with it. It's always fun to try something new, and we guarantee you will love it too. So grab your mat and water bottle and get ready to shred serious fat and calories in this awesome high intensity class!

Staying Hydrated While Living the #SweatLife


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The body is made up of about 60% water but, as you probably can sort out, it doesn’t just stay full - it needs to be replenished. Think about how much you sweat working out. And then think about just regular day-to-day stuff in the Southern Louisiana heat. Making groceries at 5 p.m.? Sounds like you'll be pretty damp by the time your bags are inside. 

At higherpower we offer complimentary filtered water and encourage our guests to bring a water bottle with them to class. So, this begs the question: If just existing depletes hydration, how much water do you really need to drink to stay on top of your game?

When you workout, it is essential to stay hydrated. You’ve probably seen a few of those people getting swole at the gym with a gallon of water by their side. No need for that; a traditional water bottle will do just fine. (We sell them at both studios!)

The “authorities” recommend the 8x8 rule, mostly because it is easy to remember and it amounts to plenty for an average person to consume daily to stay healthy and improve body functions.

The 8x8 rule is simple: Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. This number is often disputed and touted as a myth but if you use it as a goal, you can get a feel for where you are when it comes to staying hydrated.
 
Besides, water is delicious.

Hydration is also a component in performance. Muscle tissue is made up of approximately 75% water, and water loss leads to increased muscle fatigue. Water also regulates the body’s temperature so a drop in water means an increase in body temperature. At higherpower we are all about staying hydrated. Listen to your body and keep an ear out for reminders from our awesome instructors to take a few sips mid sweat-sesh.

In case you need more reasons (did we mention how delicious water is?) to stay hydrated, drinking plenty of water is also linked to healthier skin, faster metabolism and may aid in weight loss. For more bad-ass reasons to stay hydrated, check out Benefits of Drinking Water on TheGreatest.com.

 

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Summer of 69 Challenge



It's HOT and summer is finally upon us.  We want to keep you motivated to keep your fitness up as the temps start to rise.  We are doing a challenge led by one of our lead mentors Brooke Baker.  All you need to do is show up, hold yourself and friends accountable and get a prize at the end.  Here are the deets:

SWEAT in as many classes in 69 days.

Prizes:
Double Baker's Dozen-26 classes = Kaballah bracelet or multi-functional headband 
Triple Baker's Dozen-39 classes = Higherpower Sunglasses ($15 value)

Most classes Taken---A kick ass grand prize:
-------FREE personalized higherpower class of your choice for you and all of your friends! AND a package of apparel and gift cards!----


Challenge begins June 24th and ends August 1st.


Do it for You!



Sweating at least once a day, is one of my top priorities as a young adult. It is the way I thank my body for never giving up on me when I push myself extremely hard. When I close my eyes in a Higherpower cycle class, I remember how lucky I am to have such a healthy body and mind. In YATheltic yoga, I breathe and think back to a time in my life, when I needed this. I needed this practice, this class, this teacher, and this moment. In TRX, I push myself to  my ultimate limit, because I am strong and have overcome weakness. I exit all higherpower classes, with a smile on my face, because I just kicked ass and proved once again, I am strong, healthy, and happy. But many times, I take for granted my health. A friend of mine, doesn’t have the ability to enjoy fitness like I do, and I could never imagine a life without exercise. Take a moment to mindfully bring a  individual in your life to mind who would appreciate the ability your body has. Think about what it is like to be unable to flow in yoga class, crush reps in TRX E.P.I.C, or climb a hill in cycle. Don’t take your next fitness class for granite, instead, do it for a friend who wishes they could be next to you in class. Do it for your health and strength. Do it because you have a healthy body that will work as hard as you are willing to push it, because someone out there wishes they had your amazing ability to enjoy a healthy lifestyle filled with higherpowernola yoga, TRX, and cycle classes.  



Rise and Shine! Benefits of practicing yoga in the morning





Early Morning Yoga Regulates Your Sleep Rhythm & Balance Your Hormones-


Once you make practicing yoga in the morning a habit, your body becomes accustomed to getting up at the same time each day. This means you will awake feeling more energized and alert. While practicing yoga, the attention to breathing, meditation, and Asana has a positive effect on the endocrine system, which is responsible for long-term body maintenance. The endocrine system uses glands and hormones, to help keep you balanced. Certain yoga poses stimulate the pineal gland which excretes the melatonin hormone that regulates sleep patterns. As you regulate your circadian sleep cycles, the feeling of confusion upon awakening from sleep (due to widely changing sleep times) starts to disappear.

Early Morning Yoga Helps to Build a Healthy, Consistent Routine-

Studies have shown that 90% of those who exercise regularly, as in more than three times a week, are morning practitioners.  Having an established morning routine, encourages you to stick with it. Most of us live busy lives, and our time is valuable. It is understandably tough to fit in a yoga class during your busy day, and by the evening, things may come up that prevent you from practicing, or you're just feeling too tired.  Doing your practice first thing in the morning provides outstanding relief. Just imagine having your yoga practice and your exercise completely done with before 8 am! The feeling of self-empowerment that comes from being disciplined in your routine, brings increased mental strength into other areas of your life as well. Early morning yoga can help to build a healthy, consistent routine to your yoga practice.

Early morning yoga may boost your metabolism-

Practicing yoga early in the morning will warm up your digestive system and help nutrients move more easily through the body, causing it to metabolize carbs and fats more quickly. We know how amazing twists can be for wringing out the digestive system and invigorating our vital organs. Practicing these Asanas first thing in the morning, can awaken our bellies, easing any morning aches and pains. 

Early Morning Yoga is a Great Caffeine Alternative-

The specific type of breathing done during your early morning yoga practice, stimulates your entire body and mind.  All of that fresh oxygen helps wake up the brain, and it can feel like a jolt of caffeine; yet unlike coffee or tea, the energy boost you feel from deep pranayama breathing lasts all day long!  Early morning yoga helps you to feel more energized, yet grounded at the same time, thus helping you to accomplish more and be more productive during the day. Even on the days when I feel a little tired or less energy upon waking up, that certainly always changes after my hour long morning yoga practice.  You start to feel alive, with clarity and purpose, and you go about your day with absolutely no caffeine required!

Morning stretching prevents injury and achiness throughout the day-

Yoga lengthens and stretches our tight bodies, preparing us for all movement throughout the day. For those of us that sit at a desk, yoga poses in the morning counter those hours we spend sedentary. Yoga increases spinal flexibility and encourages better posture. The poses we hold when we first wake up, will set our muscle memory into effect for standing taller and walking easier as the day progresses.