Last week, we talked about how yoga can be used to help manage your blood pressure and relieve stress. This week, we are going to talk about the benefits of core power yoga.
What is Core Power Yoga?
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.
This style of yoga is an energetic yoga exercise that physically and mentally challenges the body. It was designed to help you connect to your inner power. This type of yoga is performed without stopping in a climate controlled area. The room is heated to help alleviate muscle strain. This kind of yoga heals, detoxifies and stimulates the body and mind through balance and intention.
Core power yoga is both dynamic and challenging combining strength, sweat, and spirituality. It recognizes power in 3 different levels:
- First is the physical power which develops the body’s strength and improves health.
- Second is the mental power or the will to concentrate on the practice.
- Third is the spiritual power which is the power behind the physical and mental power.
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.
These yoga sessions are often done in a heated room and are composed of different cardiovascular exercises. All of these exercises are intended to develop strength, flexibility, increase stamina, improved focus, release tension, 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?
This style of yoga is a vinyasa style. It has a unique flow that focuses on core strength and balance to build a solid practice based on strength and spirit. It offers diverse classes like Hot Yoga, Yoga Sculpt, Bootcamps, Teacher Training and Mat Pilates.
We all know that this style of yoga has a ton of 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 to kill off bacteria and get rid of toxins in the body. The focus of core power yoga is on the coordination of the breath movement. It connects the body, mind, and spirit to the warmest level.
I love this style of yoga, for the mere fact that it is great for anyone who plays a sport. It can help them to improve their athletic performance. Many sports teams use this practice instead of aerobics. This style of yoga can definitely reshape your body and your mind to where you want it to be!
Next time, we will be talking about the benefits and practice of Bikram (hot) yoga!
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