Last week, we talked about how yoga can be used to help control your blood pressure and relieve stress. This week, we are going to talk about the benefits of core power yoga.
Core power yoga is an energetic yoga exercise that physically and mentally challenges the body to help you connect to your inner power. Practitioners of this type of yoga form their poses without stopping in a climate controlled area where it is heated to help alleviate muscle strain. Core power yoga heals, detoxifies and stimulates the body and mind through balance and intention.
Power yoga is both dynamic and challenging combining strength, sweat and spirituality. It recognizes power in different levels. First is the physical power which develops the body’s strength and improve health. Second is the mental power or the will to concentrate on the practice. Lastly third. the spiritual power which is the power behind the physical and mental power.
Core power yoga is the Western version of the Indian Ashtanga Yoga. The term was given by Beryl Bender Birch, an Ashtanga Yoga teacher. It has been brought to the west by followers of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, a renowned Sanskrit scholar who inspired Western Yogis with his Ashtanga yoga style and philosophies.
There are 3 Programs in Power Yoga:
1. Core Power
Designed to strengthen abdominals and back muscles. It includes power yoga poses and variations of muscle-toning moves.
2. Unlocking Athletic Power
Helps to develop flexibility and strength with an emphasis on abs, back, hips and pelvis.
3. Soul of Strength
A fast-moving power yoga program with a distinct mind-body emphasis and some very challenging moves.
As I mentioned above these yoga sessions are often done in a heated room and are composed of different cardiovascular exercises intended to develop strength and flexibility, increase stamina, improves the ability to focus, release tensions and remove toxins through sweating.
Core power yoga practice also requires the execution of yoga poses. Poses are done in a fast pace sequence. Some poses are even held longer than the required five breaths. This practice can increase physical endurance and ability to focus on any task for a long time without breaking your concentration.
What is the difference between core power yoga and other exercises
Core power yoga is a vinyasa style that has a unique program that focuses on core strength, balance and flow to build a solid practice based on strength and spirit. It offers diverse classes like Hot Yoga, Yoga Sculpt, Boot-camp’s, Teacher Training and Mat Pilates.
Moreover, it provides better instructors that are personally involved in their student’s progress. Strong and forceful leaders who pay more attention to their student’s needs. These teachers also work with their students to personalize their practice and create a sense of belonging and community.
Core power yoga offers great health benefits. With each pose, it lengthens and stretches out the muscles all while building stamina, strength and lean muscle mass. It also increases body heat that kills bacteria and gets rid of toxins within the body. The focus of core power yoga is on the coordination of the breath movement, connecting the body, mind and spirit to the warmest level.
Core power yoga is best for those who want to improve their performance in their chosen sport or physical activities like cycling, football, swimming, skiing, surfing, running, martial arts and other sports. Many sports teams use this practice instead of aerobics. Core power yoga can definitely reshape your body and your mind!
Next time, we will be talking about the benefits and practice of Bikram (hot) yoga!
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