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Power Yoga Flow ~ Be a Light to Yourself
Berl Bender Birch developed Power Yoga in the ’80s. This style of yoga that remains popular among the athletic community. Power yoga is a general term used to describe a vigorous, fitness-based approach to Vinyasa style yoga. Though many consider it to be “gym yoga,” this style of practice was originally closely modeled on the Ashtanga method.
Power yoga takes the athleticism ofAshtanga, including lots of Vinyasa, but gives each teacher the flexibility to teach any poses in any order, making every class different.
With its emphasis on strength and flexibility, power yoga brought yoga into the gyms of America as people began to see yoga as a way to work out.
Although power yoga classes vary widely from teacher to teacher, you can expect to find some intense flowing yoga with a minimal amount of chanting and meditation. Gyms and health clubs, in particular, have taken up the term as a way to let their clientele know that this is exercise. Prepare to work hard and work up a sweat. Bryan Kest, based in Los Angeles and Beryl Bender Birch, based in New York, are most often credited with the nearly simultaneous invention of power yoga on opposite coasts.
Both were part of the second generation of American Ashtanga students; Kest originally learned from David Williams and Bender Birth from Normal Allen. Williams and Allen were both among Jois first western students. Kest went on to study with Jois in Mysore, India. Bender Birch, who had previously done Sivananda, kundalini and Iyenger Yoga worked with Jois during his trips to the U.S. in the 1980s.
A power class has a heavy emphasis on standing postures because using your legs a lot gets your heart rate up—a key component of Power Yoga, cardio. In Ashtanga you do the same groups of postures each time you practice. They are broken down into six series and you must complete one series fully before going on to the next. Power Yoga varies from class to class.
The important phrase that Beryl picked up on is “workout”. The creators of Power Yoga wanted to make the practice more accessible to everyone, (Ashtanga is tough stuff,) yet make it more athletic, sweaty and hot—who doesn’t want that? They removed yoga philosophy from the practice and made it primarily physical. Gone was the Sanskrit, Aums, and meditation—in was the “feel the burn” mentality. Uh oh.
“If your goal is weight loss, choosing one of the vigorous, flowing styles of yoga, such as Ashtanga, Vinyasa or Power Yoga, is the smart choice. … You will burn calories, tone and stretch your muscles, and provide weight bearing exercise for your bones with these forms of yoga. 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 and weight loss. Therefore, this is a very upbeat 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.
FROM 1ST-10TH OF THE MONTH
We do an intense cardioworkout with yoga sun salutes and poses integrated with it. Let’s be honest.
If you do an intense hour-long session of cardio, you will lose twice the number of calories as compared to how much you will lose with Power Yoga. However, Power Yoga feeds the muscles. It works on the core and streamlines your body, building the core muscles. Building lean muscles is effective for weight loss, and it also indicates an increased metabolism, which means a burn out of a considerable amount of fat.
You do burn calories in a cardio session, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you burn fat. Also, excessive cardio can deplete the muscle reserve, and this is not ideal for a long-term weight loss plan.
- REGULAR YOGI
FROM 11th to 20th OF THE MONTH
Power Yoga & weightloss go hand in hand.
If you are looking to lose weight, you could add about two to three Power Yoga sessions amidst your usual cardio practice every week.
If you only do Power Yoga and do not lift weights, it will prepare your body and strengthen the muscles so that you can lift weights. The combination of Power Yoga and cardio is a good plan for sustainable weight loss.
In another scenario, if you are either a weightlifter or a runner, continuous practice could contract your muscles. Power Yoga will help you lengthen those muscles through intense stretching, and will be a good addition to your workout routine. It will help you add leanness and flexibility.
- COMMITTED YOGI
FROM 21st TO 30th OF THE MONTH
Inspire your inner greatness while flowing through your power yoga practice! This Full power yoga class includes side stretches, backbend and hip work to help you feel amazing.
1. It helps burn out a fair amount of calories.
2. It builds strength, stamina, and flexibility and tones the core and the body.
3. Power Yoga gives your metabolism a boost.
4. You become more focused.
5. Stress and tension are considerably reduced. You become calm and relaxed.
6. Even the inactive muscles are toned, flexed, and strengthened.