“The study of asana is not about mastering posture. It’s about using posture to understand and transform yourself.” –B.K.S Iyengar
Power yoga is an active and athletic, Western style of yoga, created by American Yoga Teachers. Power yoga classes move quickly through the poses and each pose is held for only three to five breaths.
Power yoga has become popular in the Western world for its fitness-centric approach to yoga. Power yoga does not follow a set series of poses and may vary greatly depending on the teacher. The commonality between various Power yoga classes is their emphasis on building strength and endurance. It is as much about a controlled movement from one posture to another as it is maintaining each posture with strength.
Power Yoga is different from conventional yoga, as it is tailored based upon the specific needs of practitioner or the preferences of the instructor or teacher. It was initially difficult for the Americans to do the conventional yoga. Hence it has been modulated to make it doable without losing the essence of Original.
Power Yoga is becoming increasingly popular around the world. It gives your whole body a good workout. It is, strength building and includes the properties of a good aerobics or cardio session.
Power Yoga is a modern form of yoga that is a good fusion of the traditional values of yoga with the need of the hour – fitness. Therefore, this is a bit different form of yoga, which makes it interesting and more sought after. Yoga of this kind suffices the need of those who feel that they have had a good workout only if they have profusely sweated.
Benefits of Power Yoga:
Benefits may vary upon the type of tailoring being done and the focus areas, broadly there is not much difference in benefits what you get from Traditional yoga.
The practice of yoga is well-demonstrated to reduce the physical effects of stress on the body. The body responds to stress through a fight-or-flight response, which is a combination of the sympathetic nervous system and hormonal pathways activating, releasing cortisol – the stress hormone – from the adrenal glands. Cortisol is often used to measure the stress response. Yoga practice has been demonstrated to reduce the levels of cortisol. Most yoga classes end with savasana, a relaxation pose, which further reduces the experience of stress.
Yoga can ease pain. Studies have shown that practicing yoga asanas (postures), meditation or a combination of the two, reduced pain for people with conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, auto-immune diseases and hypertension as well as arthritis, back and neck pain and other chronic conditions.
Yoga includes breathing practices known as pranayama, which can be effective for reducing our stress response, improving lung function and encouraging relaxation. Many pranayamas emphasize slowing down and deepening the breath, which activates the body’s parasympathetic system, or relaxation response. By changing our pattern of breathing, we can significantly affect our body’s experience of and response to stress. This may be one of the most profound lessons we can learn from our yoga practice.
Yoga can improve flexibility and mobility and increase range of motion. Over time, the ligaments, tendons and muscles lengthen, increasing elasticity.
Increased strength: Yoga asanas use every muscle in the body, increasing strength literally from head to toe. A regular yoga practice can also relieve muscular tension throughout the whole body.
Weight loss / management
While most of the evidence for the effects of yoga on weight loss is anecdotal or experiential, yoga teachers, students and practitioners across the world find that yoga helps to support weight loss. Many teachers specialize in yoga programs to promote weight management and find that even gentle yoga practices help support weight loss. People do not have to practice the most vigorous forms of yoga to lose weight. Yoga encourages development of a positive self-image, as more attention is paid to nutrition and the body as a whole. A study from the Journal of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine found that regular yoga practice was associated with less age-related weight gain. The lifestyle study of 15,500 adults in their 50’s covered 10 years of participants’ weight history, physical activity, medical history and diet.
Yoga helps to improve circulation by efficiently moving oxygenated blood to the body’s cells.
Even a gentle yoga practice can provide cardiovascular benefits by lowering resting heart rate, increasing endurance and improving oxygen uptake during exercise.
Presence: Yoga connects us with the present moment. The more we practice, the more aware we become of our surroundings and the world around us. It opens the way to improved concentration, coordination, reaction time and memory.
Inner peace: The meditative effects of a consistent yoga practice help many cultivate inner peace and calm.
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