FIRE (Power)

Power Yoga

Power yoga is a general term used in the West to describe a vigorous, fitness-based approach to vinyasa-style yoga. Though many consider it to be "gym yoga," power yoga was originally closely modeled on the Ashtanga style of practice. The term came into common usage in the mid 1990s, in an attempt to make Ashtanga yoga more accessible to western students. Unlike Ashtanga, power yoga does not follow a set series of poses, so classes can vary widely, though strength and flexibility are emphasized. Power yoga brought yoga into the gyms of America, as people began to see yoga as a way to work out.

Who Invented Power Yoga?

Two American yoga teachers are most often credited with the near simultaneous invention of power yoga: Beryl Bender Birch, based in New York, and Bryan Kest, based in Los Angeles. Not coincidentally, both these teachers had studied with Ashtanga master Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Using the term power yoga differentiated the intense, flowing style of yoga they were teaching from the gentle stretching and meditation that many Americans associated with yoga. Baron Baptiste is another well-known yoga teacher who has successfully established his own style of power yoga.

Is Power Yoga for You?

Though power yoga classes can vary widely from teacher to teacher, they will most likely appeal to people who are already quite fit, enjoy exercising, and want a minimal amount of chanting and meditation with their yoga. Prepare to work hard and work up a sweat.

I BEGINNER'S SERIES

II INTERMEDIATE SERIES

Start with standing postures at least up to Parsvottanasana.

Intermediate
  1. Pasasana (14 vinyasas)
  2. Krounchasana (22)
  3. Salabhasana A & B (9)
  4. Salabhasana A & B (9)
  5. Bhekasana (9)
  6. Dhanurasana (9)
  7. Parsva Dhanurasana (13)
  8. Laghuvajrasana (15)
  9. Kapotasana (15)
  10. Suptavajrasana (15)
  11. Bakasana A, B (13)
  12. Bharadvajasana (20)
  13. Ardhmatsyendrasana (20)
  14. Eka Pada Sirsasana (14)
  15. Dwipada Sirsasana (14)
  16. Yoganidrasana (13)
  17. Tittibhasana A &B (16)
  18. Tittibhasana A &B (16)
  19. Pincha Mayurasana
  20. Karandavasana (15)
  21. Mayurasana (9)
  22. Nakrasana (9)
  23. Vatayanasana (20)
  24. Parighasana (22)
  25. Gomukhasana (22)
  26. Supta Urdhva Pada Vajrasana
  27. Mukta hasta Sirsasana A, B, C (13)
  28. Mukta hasta Sirsasana A, B, C (13)
  29. Mukta hasta Sirsasana A, B, C (13)
  30. Baddha Hasta Sirsasana A, B, C & D (13)
  31. Baddha Hasta Sirsasana A, B, C & D (13)
  32. Baddha Hasta Sirsasana A, B, C & D (13)
  33. Urdhva Dhanurasana (15)

 

Advanced

Always start with

  1. Suryanamaskar A (9 vinyasas)
  2. B (17)

 

ADVANCE A
  1. Viswamitrasana (20)
  2. Vashistasana (20)
  3. Kashabasana (22)
  4. Chakrasana (20)
  5. Bhairavasana (22)
  6. Skandasana (20)
  7. Dhruvasana (20)
  8. Urdhva Kukkutasana A (15)
  9. Urdhvva Kukkutasana B & C (14)
  10. Urdhvva Kukkutasana B & C (14)
  11. Galavasana (18)
  12. Eka Pada bakasana A & B (18)
  13. Koundinayasana A & B (18)
  14. Ashtavakrasana A (18)
  15. Ashtavakrasana B (16)
  16. Paripurna Matsyendrasana (20)
  17. Viranchyasana A (22)
  18. Viranchyasana B (24)
  19. Viparita Salabhasana (14)
  20. Eka Pada Viparita Dandasana (18)
  21. Viprita Salabhasana (10)
  22. Hanumanasana (22)
  23. Supta trivikramasana (20)
  24. Dighasana (10)
  25. Trivikramasana (70
  26. Natrajasana (6)
  27. Rajakapotasana (9)
  28. Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (22)
  29. Urdhva Dhanurasana (11)

 

FINISHING SEQUENCE (ALL SERIES)
  1. Salambha Sarvangasana (13)
  2. Halasana
  3. Karnapindasana
  4. Urdhva Padmasana(13)
  5. Pindasana (14)
  6. Matsyasana (14)
  7. Uttanpadasana (13)
  8. Sirsasana (13)
  9. Baddha Padmasana (16)
  10. Yogamudra (16)
  11. Padmasana (14)
  12. Utpluthee (14)

 

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