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.
What is Power Yoga?
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 techniques.
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 required.
The way that power yoga is practiced can vary greatly from class to class depending on the instructor. Each instructor interprets the poses and combines them differently.
How Did Power Yoga Get Its Name?
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 Yoga.
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 discipline 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.
Safety Tips Before Starting
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 beginners.
– 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 first. This is 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 to help avoid injury.
– 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 postures to prevent further injury.
– 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 the next post. We will be talking about supporting a healthy lifestyle through the practice of yoga.
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