By TNT Bureau
May 15, 2017: Many forms and styles of yoga have been popular across the world. One such offshoot of yoga, born in the late 90s, is called Power yoga, also known as Ashtanga Viyasa yoga, or Ashtanga yoga.
Power yoga combines mental, physical and spiritual benefits of yoga with vigorous exercise. Power yoga is a combination of conventional yoga principles, and modern ideals that embrace physical fitness.
The poses of Power yoga are fast-paced, which is meant to make you sweat and feel more energized. Power yoga is more faster, more intense and focuses more on strength building than on mediation and chanting—that’s how it is different from traditional yoga.
Power yoga is a faster way of losing weight as it is a faster workout. If you aim to build strength through low-impact exercise, then power yoga is apt for you.
If you want to start your day with Power yoga, then do a short session of relaxing at night. A few relaxing poses will help you sleep well and make you ready for the Power yoga session next morning.
Benefits of Power yoga
- Helps to reduce weight
- Gets rid of body toxins through sweat
- Heals disorders like acidity
- Increases the calorie burning capacity of the body
- Helps to cope with asthma, cancer, bronchitis, insomnia and sinus
- Helps to deal with hypertension and menstrual disorders
- Increases stamina, strength and flexibility of body
- Improves blood circulation and immune system
- Improves concentration and self-control
Power yoga poses
Boat pose is good for lower body strength and tones the calves. It compresses the stomach, hence, reduces fat around your waist, and helps to cure ailments like hypertension, cholesterol, etc
Locust pose is good for your lungs, and hence, cures breathing ailments like asthma. It stretches the body to the fullest, and opens up muscles. It builds greater control over your body and increases your power to concentrate.
Side plank hip lifts increase upper body strength and tone your arms. These lifts require significant amount of body balance, and help to develop concentration power. These lifts are also good to tone lower body areas like calves and thighs.
Chair pose on toes helps to tone the thighs and lower calves. It helps to improve concentration and maintain body balance. It also reduces lower body fat, providing strength and stability.
Warrior 1 pulses are beneficial for upper body strength and tone the arms and thighs. It also open up the lungs. It also improves body balance and helps reduce stress and anxiety.
Other Power yoga poses are:
- Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation)
- Tree Pose (Vrikshasana)
- Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana)
- Camel Pose (Ushtrasana)