Power yoga and its benefits
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What is power yoga? Its benefits and 7 simple poses

Since we have just celebrated the International Yoga Day, so I thought let me take my readers one step ahead and talk about another form of yoga, i.e.  Power Yoga

What is Power Yoga?

Yoga is an excellent addition to any fitness routine. It not only helps you in getting a good shape but also helps in bringing the calmness to your mind and body. Millions of people practise yoga as a form of a rejuvenating workout regimen to maintain a healthy body and have a stress-free life.

Yoga is generally practised slowly by focussing on being more mindful and stretching out the body. This form is what we call as traditional yoga, but if we combine it with strength training, we call it power yoga. Some call it power yoga, others call it  Power Vinyasa Yoga,” or “Power Flow,” or “hot Power Yoga,” or “Baptiste Power Yoga, gym yoga

Power yoga is a term used to describe a vigorous, fitness-based approach to vinyasa-style yoga. (Series of poses done in sequence). Each movement is synchronized to the breath in vinyasa yoga. The primacy is given to breath. It acts as an anchor as you move from one pose to the next for. E.g.  cat-cow stretch is an example of a very simple vinyasa; the sun salutation is a more complex vinyasa.

In simple terms, power yoga is nothing but moving dynamically and continuously with your breath for a heating, full-body workout. Poses in it are done one by one without any gap at a speed that challenges your strength. It is intense. It sweats you out like no other. You move in and out of poses quickly lifting and holding your entire body weight while you are at it. It involves flowing through many poses in rapid succession; hence it can be a little tough for yoga newbies.

It is great for people who crave results-oriented workouts but need that relaxing peacefulness too. A hybrid of strength training and peacefulness. . The key component of it is cardio; hence a lot of focus is on standing postures because when we move our your legs, our heart gets pumped.

I hope by now, you have understood the main difference between traditional yoga and power yoga is Speed at which the exercise is carried out.

Beryl Bender Birch and Bryan Kest are credited for coining the term power yoga in the late 1980s.

Power Yoga was simply a name, the name I came up within the late ’80s to let people know that this Ashtanga yoga practice – unlike most of the yoga taught in the 70’s – was a serious workout

Beryl Bender

She goes on to say…

I could not trademark it, though I tried.  Byran Kest tried… We kind of both came up with the name at the same time.  He was on the West Coast; I was on the East coast…  Baron (Baptise) got the name from me.  Because it wasn’t trademarked Power Yoga became anything and everything. 

Beryl Bender

One other person responsible for popularizing Power yoga is Baron Baptiste.  He wrote Journey into Power and named his flavour of yoga after himself.

Some benefits of power yoga:

  1. Burns calories and improve the immune system
  2. Increases stamina, tolerance, stability
  3. Increases metabolism
  4. Stress relief and improve quality of sleep
  5. Increases flexibility and focus
  6. It helps you strengthen your gluteal muscles and tone the entire body.

Avoid Doing it if

You are suffering from the below mentioned until you have consulted a doctor or professional:

  • Pulled hamstrings
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Recent surgery of the eyes
  • Severe heart conditions
  • Any other serious medical condition
  • Pregnant women

Different poses that we can include

Practice all of them in the morning on an empty stomach. You can also do it in the evening after a gap of 4 to 6 hours from your last meal. Hold each pose for 15 to 30 seconds and do at least three reps of each pose. Always remember it can be counter-productive if done wrong so do proper research before starting

Child’s pose – Balasana
Child's pose -- power yoga
Downward facing dog – Adho Mukha Svanasana
downward facing dog - - power yoga
Half Moon Pose – Ardha Chandrasana
half moon - - power yoga
Boat pose –  Paripurna Navasana
Boat pose - - power yoga
Camel pose – Ustrasana
Camel pose - power yoga
Plank pose: Chaturanga Dandasana
Plank pose - Power yoga
Upward facing dog: Adho Mukha Svanasana
Upward facing dog - Power yoga

I hope you like reading this article and knowing about power yoga. To all the fitness freaks, go and give it a try. Do share your experience in the comments section or here. Also, read my post here if you are looking for absolutely free work-out apps.

Happy International Yoga day 🙂

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