Find Your Inner Strength With Power Yoga
As the world looks for newer ways to get fit, the ancient Indian practice of yoga keeps metamorphosing into newer and more refined versions of itself, which takes the world by storm. Power yoga, a popular form of the modern hot yoga, is a wonderful way to get fit without having to subject oneself to the higher temperatures that are used in the father of hot yoga, Bikram Yoga. Here are some important facts you need to know about power yoga before you sign up for lessons for the same.
- Power yoga, originally developed by two Americans named Beryl Bender Birch and Bryan Kest separately, is a vinyasa-style yoga based on the ancient Indian Ashtanga (eight-limb) method.
- Since the vinyasa-style yoga focuses on the transition between yoga postures, naturally power yoga is all about rapid movement and flow between different poses and can prove to be challenging for most beginners.
- Although derived from Ashtanga yoga, power yoga does not follow a fixed set of postures. It is a flexible form of workout and allows room for improvement and changes. Nowadays many vigorous forms of yoga which follow the vinyasa style are also commonly termed as power yoga.
- Power yoga was greatly responsible for changing the way the Westerners, especially Americans, perceive yoga. After the advent of power yoga, yoga became more popular as a way to shed kilos and stay fit without the use of gym equipment.
- This form of yoga is usually done in a room where the temperature lies typically between 35 °C and 38 °C, which allows the individual to make use of heat to shift between different poses quickly and smoothly and focus on their breathing pattern, thereby improving the overall experience of the workout.
- Power yoga boasts of many benefits, such as it boosts strength, flexibility, stamina, vitality and weight loss and improves one’s mood too.
- Common poses used in power yoga include Pawanmuktasana (Wind-Releasing Pose), Graudasana (Eagle Pose), Dhanurasana (Bow Pose), Virbhadrasana(Warrior Pose), Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose), Gomukhasana (Cow-Face Pose), Utthitha Parsvakonasana (Extended Side Angle Pose), Mayurasana (Pigeon Pose) and Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend).
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