Power Yoga Exercise
What is Power Yoga?
Power Yoga is a relatively new Western style of yoga which combines traditional asanas or postures with a modern fitness focus. It was inspired by the dynamic practice of Pattabhi Jois’ Ashtanga Yoga, and developed by Western teachers who wanted to create yoga classes that would build internal heat, increase strength and stamina and fire up the body and mind.
Athletic and dynamic, Power Yoga has come a long way from its roots in Ashtanga Yoga, and now includes a creative range of sequences to challenge your mind and body. Power Yoga gets your blood pumping and sends your fitness levels through the roof. Classes include postures that improve balance, strength and endurance as well as flexibility.
In Power Yoga, the instructor will guide you through the postures, encouraging you to stay mindful and present while working your body hard. In this way, the practice can be transformative for your mind and body.
To maintain your focus while working powerfully through strengthening and energising yoga postures, you breathe deeply. With your awareness, you track the sensations the Power Yoga creates. This compelling mindfulness practice will help you to eliminate any negative thinking, and consciously engage with your body.
What are the benefits of Power Yoga?
If you are looking for a real workout with your yoga, then Power Yoga is for you. It is ideal for anyone wanting to improve their health and fitness, particularly if they wish to counteract the effects of a sedentary lifestyle. It can also be a fantastic addition to the training schedule of more athletic types. Unlike some slower, gentler forms of yoga, the intensity and pace of Power Yoga make it a great cardiovascular activity. As an aerobic activity, Power Yoga:
- Increases your heart rate
- Improves your circulation
- Boosts your metabolism.
It is proven that physical exercises have greater benefit if they are practised mindfully, and Power Yoga is the perfect example of this. Although the class is physically challenging, the level of presence it cultivates means you will not only experience greater benefits from the practice, but you are also less likely to cause yourself injury.
Yoga is often seen as a practice for those wanting to improve their flexibility, but Power Yoga is also a great way to build strength. It will help you to balance your upper and lower body strength. The postures are deliberately chosen to teach you to hold your own body weight and engage your core.
The true power of Power Yoga lies in its potential to increase your confidence and self esteem. It does this on a number of levels:
- The physical effects of the workout will leave you feeling strong, healthy and proud of your body.
- The pace and dynamism mean it is great for burning off stress and negativity.
- The teacher’s guidance to help you to consciously engage with the practice helps you to be more present and mindful. Mindfulness is known to help you to feel happy in your own skin.
Power Yoga is the class for you if you love getting to the end of the class feeling uplifted, energized and proud of your efforts. Prepare to work hard and feel incredible afterwards.