Last week, we talked about yoga poses that you do while you’re at
work. This week, we are going to talk about getting energized with
Power yoga is often referred to as the western version of Ashtanga
Yoga and is very different from yoga in the traditional sense. It focuses
less on meditation, while still incorporating specific breathing
This type of yoga combines poses with deep breathing, it also requires
more strength and flexibility because the poses are done continuously
and held for a more extended period of time. This fast-paced yoga is
also known for incorporating more cardio than any other style of yoga.
It can be extremely challenging, especially for beginners. It requires
a lot of physical strength, mental ability, and extreme concentration.
classes usually run from 60 to 90 minutes, so endurance is also
The way that power yoga is practiced can vary greatly from class to
class depending on the instructor, the way that they interpret the poses
and combine the movements.
Beryl Bender Birch was the one who gave Power Yoga its name. He
was a teacher of Ashtanga Yoga and the author of the book Power
While power yoga has some similarities with the modified versions of
Ashtanga Yoga, certain practices of Iyengar yoga and Bikram also
influenced its development. Just like these other types of yoga it includes
basic poses that most practitioners are familiar with, making it easy to
transcend to power yoga from other types of yoga.
Although Power Yoga has been influenced by various other types of
yoga, it still contains many of the traditional poses and disciplines
meant to unite the body, spirit, and mind. Holding true to the main
objective of teaching you to connect to your inner power through
discipline, poses, and practices.
As I mentioned above, power yoga requires that you dig deep into your
physical, mental and spiritual power. It is considered a good training for
athletes, simply because of the focus and concentration it requires.
Power yoga has several other benefits as well, including weight loss.
Because of its fast-paced nature, it is an excellent choice for people
who are looking to shed a few extra pounds. This type of yoga causes
your heart rate to increase which allows you to burn up to 200
and 40 calories or more during a 60 minute session.
However, there are safety tips that you should take into consideration
before you begin the practice of power yoga:
– Beginners should never start the practice of power yoga without
checking with their instructor to make sure that they work with
– Because power yoga is so physically and mentally challenging it’s
important that beginners choose a class that is designed to introduce
them to the more basic yoga positions to ensure that they are strong
and flexible enough before moving on to advanced poses.
– When first practicing power yoga, it is important to follow your instructor’s
step-by-step instructions and concentrate on maintaining correct
alignment and proper technique during your postures to help avoid
– While power yoga is often practiced by athletes during the
rehabilitation process after injury it is important to be cautious and
focus on maintaining good techniques during postures to prevent
– Women who are pregnant should consult their physician before
beginning to practice any type of yoga, especially during their first
trimester. Experienced practitioners will often be able to continue
practicing some type of yoga throughout their entire pregnancy.
As with any other type of strenuous physical exercise, it is important to
consult with your physician before beginning a new yoga routine
especially a power yoga one.
Make sure you look for next week’s post. We will be talking about
supporting a healthy lifestyle through the practice of yoga.
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