Power Yoga: Strength, Sweat, and Spirit First Edition
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Leah Cullis, E-RYT 500, is a celebrated power yoga teacher and holistic health coach.
Enjoy a strength-building, stress-busting form of yoga
Develop strength, focus, and purpose with power yoga
Power yoga is an athletic and dynamic style of yoga that delivers high intensity and quick results. In Power Yoga: Strength, Sweat, and Spirit, you will learn the poses, practices, and philosophy of this fitness- and focus-boosting training method to raise your sense of personal power.
- Offers expert instruction for effective practice of dozens of poses, with 5- to 60-minute sequences to customize your routine
- Build strength, reduce stress, enhance flexibility, and develop focus with the 28-day plan that lets you progressively become your most powerful self
Meditation poses, page 20
Figure 2.1 Meditation positions: (a) crossed legs and (b) kneeling.
Seated Twist (Ardha Matsyendrasana), page 157
This seated twist stretches the shoulders, opens and energizes the spine, and stokes your digestive fire.
Yogi Squat (Malasana), page137
This squat in most of the world is a common shape in daily life. However, for many of us who spend hours each day at a desk or driving a car, this squat can be a deep stretch for the hips, groin, and lower back.
Chair Twist (Parivrtta Utkatasana), page 153
Chair twist builds heat and creates flexibility and strength in the middle and lower back. It squeezes and rinses your digestive organs and kidneys. Chair twist is a powerful pose to detoxify your organs and glands, which boosts overall health and well-being.
"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
“Leah Cullis is a gifted teacher. In Power Yoga: Strength, Sweat, and Spirit, she generously shares the insights from her wealth of experience as both a student and teacher. Through this lens, Leah effectively guides students of any and all experience levels to develop practices that resonate with their body, mind, and heart. This is a powerful work from a powerful teacher.”
Founder of Ompractice
"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
About the Author
Leah Cullis, E-RYT 500, is a celebrated power yoga teacher and holistic health coach. Since 2009 she has worked with the Baptiste Institute and her teacher, world-renowned yogi and best-selling author Baron Baptiste, to design and deliver transformational power yoga programs. She has also studied under Jonny Kest and Lama Marut.
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.
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As a former collegiate athlete and avid runner, Power Yoga: Strength, Sweat, and Spirit provided me with helpful tools that I’ve been able to incorporate into my weekly fitness regimen and home yoga practice. As a small business owner and parent, the tailored sequences complete with photos makes practicing yoga at home or while traveling accessible. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to enhance their lifestyle.
Articulated Beautifully. Great info, pictures etc. just what I needed to answer questions, and go deeper into my practice and support my yoga teaching. ( just completed a 200 hr yoga training)