To many men and women yoga is a mind exercise. However, it's a good body exercise as well. Power yoga is a form of cardio-conditioning, a fast paced full body exercise that will have yogis gaining strength and losing pounds at the same time.
It's the Western world's take on the self-guided path towards growth or awakening that originated many centuries ago. It has become a staple in fitness centers around the world, making the exercise of yoga mainstream.
Power yoga has a focus on building flexibility and strength through common postures. Generally, it's a faster paced when compared to other practices, however, is adapted for absolute beginners easily.
Here are some interesting facts about power yoga:
- It uses common postures from yoga Ashtange and Bikram (both of these practices offer a vigorous exercise with a progression of motivating postures for all levels)
- Vinyasa (breath-synchronized movement) is used in power yoga
- Supports the correct form of postures
- Requires the postures to be held for long periods of time as well (this helps enhance endurance and flexibility)
- By using the weight of an exercisers body it enhances strength and dynamic flexibility
- By maintaining postures for longer periods of time and fast flowing movements it enhances endurance as well as balance and mental clarity
- Through the range of movements that elongate and stretch the muscles it enhances flexibility and persistence
- Helps with the ability to focus, however, it can be much more motivating when compared to other yoga practices because the focus is on breath-synchronized movement and movement
- Being a full body exercise it helps tone up all body parts
- Through controlled movement and meditation mental stress and physical discomfort is relieved.
- Enhances core muscle strength that helps to improve pose
- It helps strengthen joints as well as muscles.
This form of yoga, just like a lot of other types, can be practiced at almost any age since alterations are offered with every posture. This makes it a highly beneficial for of exercise regardless of how long one has practiced. After leaving power yoga class an exerciser will feel more in balance with mind/body/spirit because classes have a focus on integrating all elements of the yoga.